Day trip to Rainbow Mountain and Red valley
- Machu Picchu
- 1 day / 0 Nights
- Max. group: 8 persons
- Difficulty: Easy
> Learn and interact with our native Tour Guides
> Includes the Red Valley
> Enjoy a les crowded Rainbow Mountain
During this trek you will visit the Andean communities and interact with locals as you hike along with llamas and Alpacas. This trip takes you to the Rainbow Mountain and Red valley in one day. The best thing about our trek is that we will arrive in the afternoon, when everybody has left. This will allow you to see this amazing place with no people, and take plenty of wonderful pictures, without having to struggle to get everyone out of the frame. To make this day even more special, we will have a picnic lunch at the base of Rainbow Mountain, surrounded by the breathtaking landscape.
What’s the plan?
We start this amazing day in Cusco after breakfast when we pick you up from your hotel at 7:30 am for a 3-hour drive to the beginning of the hike at the base of Rainbow Mountain. We will start climbing with a nice hot cup of Coca tea to help us with the 5000 plus mts.
The hike begins with a 2-hour hike up to the Rainbow Mountain. Throughout the route you will be able to see hundreds of llamas and alpacas, hike along the snowcapped peaks of the Ausangate Mountain range, the highest in Cusco city, as we get close, and closer to the top, the views just gets more and more impressive with every meter we climb while your tour guide explains you about the formation of the painted hills. When we finally reach the top of Rainbow Mountain there will very few or no people, since everybody will be gone. There is nothing more amazing than arriving on this mountain when everybody already left. enjoying the beautiful views of the Peruvian Andes, contemplating the spectacular 360°-degree view from the top of this place.
We will spend time on top of Rainbow Mountain, enjoy the snacks, Coca tea, and take a lot of pictures. After we will hike for about 30 minutes to the Red Valley, another spectacular and inspiring place with landscapes that will take your breath away and is rarely visited by travelers. From here, we will head back to the beginning of the trail where our lunch will be waiting for us. We use local products to provide you the best of our gourmet Peruvian food prepared by our chef and later Come back to Cusco, arriving around 6:30 pm.
TreXperience offer a door to door service picking you up from your hotel in the morning and returning you in the evening.
√ Experienced tour guides
Our team are fluent English speakers and are extremely experienced professional tour guides from the local area.
Snack, Water & Lunch are included.
√ Entrance tickets
Entrance to Rainbow mountain and to the red valley are included.
√ Medical kit
All tour guides have received training in first aid and high mountain rescue. In the event a guest requires medical attention while on the trek our staff will be able to assist you. A medical kit is kept with the team at all times. In extremely rare case of a serious medical emergency you will be evacuated to the nearest medical centre.
√ Emergency horse
A horse will come along during the trek in case any of an emergency.
√ Trekking Poles
× Accommodation in Cusco including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Peru.
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.
Rain gear (just in case), camera and extra batteries, hat and sunglasses, warm layers, and sun cream are not included.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best time to hike the Peruvian Andes is from April to October when the weather is relatively warm. In the months of June, July and August the nights are cold and a four season sleeping bag is recommended. The rainy season lasts from November to March, with February as the highlight. In this month the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance. Rainy season or not, prepare for sun and rain. The mountains make the weather pattern unpredictable.
Dry season (April – October)
Day: 20’C – 25’C / 68’F – 77’F
Night: -1 – 7’C / 30’F – 45’F
Rainy season (November – March)
Day: 17’C – 22’C / 62’F – 71.6’F
Night: 4’C – 7’C / 39’F – 45’F
On the Inca Trail and other Peruvian trials, it is normal to tip guides. Opinions on how much are divided. We advise you to bring along an amount of 60 to 120 Nuevo Sol for tips. That is equivalent to USD 25 to 50. This is often given by the group in a pot, towards the end of the trek.
Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.
One sure way to get fit for trekking and hiking in Peru is to, you could have guessed it: hike more. Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude before and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Peruvian Andes.
Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s hike twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Peru.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.
Altitude Mountain Sickness
If you’re keen on Machu Picchu, you’re obviously headed to Cusco. Once you’re in the city, particularly if you’ve flown in, you’re likely to find yourself huffing and puffing just scaling the stairs to your accommodation. For this reason, it’s recommended you give yourself time to acclimatize to the thin air before setting off up the mountain. If you want to know everything about AMS while trekking in Peru, please read our extensive blog post. For now, keep the basics in mind. Make sure you are hydrated properly, avoid alcohol before your trek, and if you are a smoker, you better at least quit for a few days, or else you are going to have a lot of trouble making it through.
Trekking in the rainy season
The wet (rainy) season lasts from November to April. The mountainous terrain around Cusco means the area is prone to flooding and landslides after torrential rain. It’s always better to go in the dry season. You can’t? At least you won’t be fighting the crowds. Please be prepared and read everything about this season in our blog post.
We advise you to bring:
– Comfortable and warm clothing for the tour (Jacket, gloves, warm hat).
– Sun protection cream.
– Waterproof jacket or rain poncho.
– Hiking Shoes.
– Small backpack.
– Sun hat.
We are a team of dedicated professionals who love Peru and are passionate about sharing our country’s nature, history and culture. Our experts bring a wealth of experience from their many years of working in the Peruvian tourism industry. It is this experience that enables us to create itineraries that are both authentic and unique. We listen carefully to the feedback and desires of each and every visitor and are committed to continuously improving our service. Our personal approach and pioneering ideas has resulted in some of the most innovating tours in Peru.
How does it work?
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You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.