Rainbow Mountain Hike Full Day 2023 - Huillca Expedition

Rainbow Mountain Hike Full Day

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The Rainbow Mountain tour in the Peruvian Andes is an exciting full-day adventure. The tour begins with a hotel pick-up in Cusco, and you will travel by minivan to the town of Cusipata. There, you will enjoy a delicious Peruvian breakfast before embarking on the challenging yet rewarding hike to the summit of the mountain. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcanota Mountain Range and the stunning geological formation of colors. Rainbow Mountain is one of the most popular attractions in Peru, and our expert tour guide will be available throughout to provide information about the history and geology of the mountain.

After soaking in the views, you will descend and return to the town of Cusipata for a delightful lunch before heading back to Cusco by bus. Don't miss this opportunity to experience a unique adventure on the stunning Rainbow Mountain with our safe and comfortable tour. Book now for an unforgettable experience in the Peruvian Andes.

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Summary of the Rainbow Mountain Tour Itinerary

The hike to the Rainbow Mountain in Peru is a challenging yet breathtaking adventure, taking visitors through spectacular landscapes and picturesque villages. Upon reaching the summit, the view of the unique and colorful geological formation is awe-inspiring. Adequate altitude preparation and good physical fitness are recommended before embarking on this unforgettable experience.

Tour Details:

  • 04:30 - Hotel Pickup 
  • 6:30 - Breakfast in Cusipata 
  • 8:30 - Start of the hike to Rainbow Mountain via the Chillihuani route 
  • 10:00 - Arrival at the summit of the Rainbow Mountain viewpoint 
  • 11:00 - Begin the return hike 
  • 12:00 - Arrival at the transport to descend to Cusipata 
  • 13:30 - Lunch in Cusipata 
  • 14:30 - Start of the journey back to Cusco 
  • 17:00 - Arrival in Cusco (End of the Rainbow Mountain 1-Day Tour)
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Itinerary of the 7 Colors Mountain Tour

Day 1: Cusco, Rainbow Mountain, Cusco

Discover one of Cusco's new natural attractions with our "7 Colors Mountain Tour." This tour begins early in the morning, departing from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00 or 4:30 am. We will travel by car for approximately 2 hours south to reach the district of Cusipata - Paucarpata, located at 3310 meters above sea level, where you will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast.

Afterwards, we will continue our journey for an additional 1-hour drive until we reach the control point to start our hike in Llaqto, which will last approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. During the walk, you will have the opportunity to observe the typical flora and fauna of the Andes, including the presence of llamas and alpacas, beautiful ravines, and snow-capped peaks.

Finally, we will reach the viewpoint of Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountain, located at 5034 meters above sea level, where our guide will provide information about the geography, ecosystem, and color of the mountain. Additionally, you can admire the mountain range of Vinicunca, take photos, and enjoy panoramic views.

After this experience, we will return the same way to Llaqto, where our transportation will be waiting to take you back to Cusipata, where you can enjoy a buffet lunch. Then, we will embark on the return journey to the city of Cusco, arriving around 5:30 pm. The last stop will be near the Plaza de Armas of Cusco or close to your hotel.

Book now our "7 Colors Mountain Tour" and live an unforgettable experience in the Peruvian Andes!

Rainbow Mountain Full Day Includes

  • Pick up from the hotel.
  • Tourist transportation for the entire tour. 
  • Professional guide specialized in high mountain.
  • Breakfast and lunch buffet.
  • First aid kit.
  • Walking sticks and oxygen.

This tour does not include:

  • Personal expenses.
  • Dinner.
  • Horse rental.

Recommendations for the Rainbow Mountain Tour:

  1. Prepare Yourself Physically: The hike to Rainbow Mountain can be demanding, especially for those unaccustomed to high altitudes. It's important to be in good physical shape and exercise regularly before undertaking the hike.

  2. Acclimate to the Altitude: Rainbow Mountain is located at an altitude of over 5000 meters above sea level, which can lead to altitude sickness. It's advisable to arrive in Cusco a few days before the hike to acclimate to the altitude.

  3. Wear Appropriate Clothing: The weather at Rainbow Mountain can be cold and unpredictable. It's recommended to wear warm yet lightweight clothing, with several layers that you can add or remove depending on the weather.

  4. Bring Sufficient Water and Food: It's important to carry enough water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized during the hike. Bringing some snacks to munch on during the trek is also advisable.

  5. Use Sunscreen and Sunglasses: Despite the cold weather, the altitude and sun exposure can cause sunburn and eye damage. It's recommended to use sunscreen and UV-protective sunglasses during the hike.

  6. Follow the Guide's Instructions: During the hike, you will follow the instructions of the tour guide, who will provide information about the trek and Rainbow Mountain. It's crucial to follow their recommendations to ensure your safety and that of other hikers.

  7. Respect Nature: Rainbow Mountain is a unique natural attraction in the world, and it's essential to respect and care for the environment. Do not litter on the mountain and follow the guide's instructions to avoid harming the flora and fauna of the area.

 

Reservation Policies

Reservations are made in advance with a 30% payment of the total cost. The remaining balance is paid in cash in Cusco during the informational briefing.

Payment Methods

  • Paypal (credit or debit card payments)
  • Bank Transfer.

Transaction Fees

Travel packages and programs include transaction fees for the 30% reservation payments.

Changes and Cancellation Policies

Tour rescheduling is allowed with proper notice, except for Machu Picchu tours. Passenger no-shows will result in the total loss of the service. Cancellation or withdrawal from the service will not be eligible for a refund.

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Travel Policy for the Rainbow Mountain Hike:

  • Reservations and Payments: To reserve your spot on the Rainbow Mountain hike, you must make an advance payment. Payment can be made through a bank deposit, electronic transfer, or credit card. The total payment must be completed before the day of the hike.
  • Cancellations and Refunds: If you need to cancel your reservation, you must do so at least 72 hours before the hike date to receive a full refund. If you cancel with less than 72 hours' notice, no refund will be issued.
  • Date Changes: If you need to change the date of your hike, you can do so at no additional cost, provided there is availability on the new date you request.
  • Health Requirements: The hike to Rainbow Mountain can be demanding, so it's important that hikers are in good physical condition and do not have health issues that may be exacerbated by altitude. All hikers must fill out a health declaration form before the hike.
  • Responsibility: During the hike, hikers must follow the instructions of the tour guide to ensure their safety and that of others. The company is not responsible for accidents caused by the negligence of hikers.
  • Company Cancellations: The company reserves the right to cancel the Rainbow Mountain hike due to force majeure, such as extreme weather conditions or safety issues. In the event of a company cancellation, a full refund will be offered to hikers.
  • Travel Insurance: It is recommended that hikers purchase travel insurance that includes medical coverage in case of emergencies. The company is not responsible for medical expenses or other additional costs that may arise during the hike.

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