January 14, 2015
A guided tour with English and Spanish speaking guide. Journey through an undiscovered land of wild desert landscapes, snowcapped peaks, herds of alpaca, and arrive at the ultimate destination- The painted hills hidden deep in the Andes.
Rainbow Mountain (full day)
You will be picked up early from our Hostel in Cusco (around 3:00am) and set out on a drive through the South Valley. The drive to the trailhead at Quesiuno is 3 hours long. Once we reach the Inkintuyoc Bridge, we will have a fueling breakfast.
We then start off on our hike, following a lovely stream. You will be immediately surprised by literally herds of alpacas and llamas. We will have consistent views of the Ausangate Mountain. We will stop for a box lunch along the trail.Back on the trail, we encounter more of the traditional elements of this trek. This includes potato fields and unique fauna. We have the prospect of seeing chinchillas and vicunas. Many red mountains are also a highlight of this portion of the hike.
After a total hike of approximately 5 hours, we finally reach our destination, what we came to see….the Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,466 ft). After getting over the shock of their beauty, you will have time to explore the area. You will have time to take pictures and soak in the environment. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top.
At this point, it is time to go back down. We hike downhill the way we came. The hike will take 4 to 5 hours. Our private van will be waiting for us when we return.We will embark on the 3 hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off in the Plaza San Francisco. Approximate arrival time is between 8 and 9 PM.
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Approximate walking time: 5 – 6 hrs. up / 4 – 5 hrs. down
Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft.
Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft.
Distance to walk: 15 km / 9 ¼ miles
- English/ Spanish speaking trekking guide
- First aid kit and oxygen
- Water, recommend 2 liters
- Horseback, available upon request at additional cost
- Fees to access private land: S/.10.00