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Rainbow Mountain

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  • 1 day
  • Max people: 10
  • Min age: 5+
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca)
  • Daily departures

Vinicunca, the Mountain of 7 Colors, or Rainbow Mountain, is located in the Southern Region of Cusco. This gratifies even the most demanding travellers and trekkers, endowing unforgettable memories of the raw sites of and around it.

Sumptuous panoramas of high mountains, formidable glaciers, crystalline rivers, calm lakes, harmonious pastoral scenes of grazing alpaca kept by Andean natives and the humble families of the region.

This new route is genuinely unique and is a real adventure through a preserved wild natural terrain including Puka Punta, “red lead”, a mountain in the Willkanuta mountain range and small communities of Quechua-speaking descendants.

The route reaches great heights between 4710m and 5200m for stunning eagle eye views. Explore this route and it is likely that you will have this extension to the south all to yourself, encountering few or no other route hikers.

This one-day tour is able to offer travellers an alternative trail that is paramount to other trips and destinations.

Price Includes

  • Professional English/Spanish speaking guide.
  • Entrance to Rainbow Mountain.
  • Private transport.
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 lunch.
  • First aid kit.

Price Excludes

  • Horse
  • Walking poles
  • Water/snacks
  • Waterproof bags

We suggest bringing

  • Rain coat and/or windbreaker.
  • Light backpack.
  • Camera.
  • Snacks.
  • Bottled water.
  • Appropriate clothing (coat, warm pants). Snow and rain are common.
  • Walking sticks (optional).
  • Cash in Soles. 1 drink is included in the meals, usually lemonade or tea. Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages are not included.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Plastic Bags.
  • Camera with extra batteries and film.
  • Medical or personal items.
  • Lightweight backpack.
  • Some cash in small bills.

Briefing in our office, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. of the day before the trip, detailed explanation of the tour with our guide.

Recommendation: Arrive 24 hours before the trip at the office of Conde Travel.

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Itinerary

Day 1:Cusco - Rainbow Mountain - Cusco

We will pick you up from your hotel around 4:30am – 5:30am and head south through the town of Urco to the Checacupe District (2 hours by bus) and then follow the path to Pitumarca where we’ll have breakfast.

Then we continue along the road through small villages until we arrive to the community of Hanchipata – Quesiuno (1 hour and 20 minutes by bus), the ideal starting point to walk the route.

We will see incredible mountains such as Ausangate, beautiful blue lagoons, and many other natural sites.

The walk to Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) will last approximately 3 hours. At this peak we will savour the view for about an hour taking photos of the beautiful scenery before descending the path and returning to our bus.

We will go back to Pitumarca to have lunch and then we’ll be on our way to Cusco.

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FAQ

What is Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is an archeological center that preserves the remains of an Inca city, built in a green environment of mountains and rivers, a mystical and mysterious place; in addition, it is a patrimony of humanity and one of the most desired destinations in the world.

It is located at 2,400 m. a. s. l. in a cloud forest between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon rainforest of Peru.

How to get to Machu Picchu from Lima?

To get from Lima to Machu Picchu you must travel to the city of Cusco by plane or bus.

When to go to Machu Picchu?

It is possible to go all the year, the minimum temperatures vary between 8 ºC and the maximum around 20 ºC.
There are 2 seasons in Machu Picchu: the dry season and the rainy season. The first one takes place between April and October, it is characterized by little rain and a sunny climate. The rainy season runs from November to March and is characterized by constant rains.

How much luggage can I take on the train?

On trains to Machu Picchu you can only take hand luggage that should not exceed 5 kilos (11 pounds).

Can Machu Picchu be visited by people of any age?

Yes, it can be visited by people of all ages. However, in order to ascend Huayna Picchu mountain, it can only be visited by people older than 12 years old.

From what time can I enter Machu Picchu?

Public access is from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What to see in Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is home to almost 150 amazing constructions, these are some of the places that stand out:

• The Temple of the Sun.
• The Intihuatana.
• The Temple of the 3 Windows.
• The Temple of the Condor.
• The Hall of Mirrors.
• The Ladder of the Fountains.
• Huayna Picchu Mountain.
• The Temple of the Moon.
• The Door of the Sun (Intipunku).
• The Main Square.
• The Royal Tomb.
• The Sacred Rock.

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