Spend the day immersing yourself in the one-of-a-kind landscapes and culture of Peru. You’ll first hike for two hours to the iconic rainbow mountain named Vinicunca. The trip will take your breath away, both literally and figuratively, thanks to incredible views and high-altitude. You will also have the chance to visit the Red Valley (not normally visited on tours) for more lovely vistas, and the experience will round out with two important cultural traditions. Your guide will perform a traditional offering to the Pachamana (mother earth in Quechua) and a local restaurant will host you for a traditional Pachamanca lunch (an ancient cooking technique from the Andes). These are traditions that hardly any outsider gets to experience, and we’re sure you will enjoy them!
We will pick you up at 4:30 am at your hotel to begin our adventure. We will drive for about 2 hours to the town of Pitumarca where we will enjoy a delicious breakfast. After that we will drive again for about 1h 20 mins to the town of Chillihuani and start our hike to the Rainbow mountain. The hike will take about 2 hours but you will also have the chance to rent a horse in case you want to take it easy. Once we arrive to the Rainbow mountain you will have the chance to take a few photos and enjoy the beautiful landscape.
At around noon we will drive back to Pitumarca and participate of the ceremony to the Pachamama (or Mother earth) and also enjoy a very traditional meal cooked with ancient Incan techniques called Pachamanca.
After lunch you will have some time to enjoy the view and scenery and finally drive back to Cuzco.
Back to Cuzco
Food - Breakfast
Food - Lunch Pachamanca. Vegetarian options available.
Local Guide Lunch box on the first day
Transportation Round Trip from Cusco to the Rainbow Mountain
Entrance Fee / Tickets to the rainbow mountain
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Transportation - In case anyone decides to ride a horse, these are available for rent ($30-40)
Tips for vendors
This is a full day tour starting and returning to Cusco. No accommodation is included in this tour
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Difficulty Level - Medium
This tour is not physically demanding but the difficult part is the high altitude, so beware that during your hike you will need to constantly stop and rest to catch some breath. It is also possible that you may experience Soroche.
This tour will be hosted by Maurice Villalobos. He has worked for several travel companies such as G Adventures and Contiki. He is very knowledgeable of the Incan traditions and loves sharing Peru to the world
MINIMUM TO OPERATE
DEADLINE TO BOOK
4 hours prior to the start of the experience
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