Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley
Peru Andes Top -
- Inca Trail
- 1 day / 0 Nights
- Max. group: 18 persons
- Difficulty: Easy
> Visit the famous Rainbow Mountain
> Meet the locals
> Includes Red Valley
The Vilcanota mountain range located southeast of Cusco – Peru is an important branch of the Andes. Vilcanota is one of the mountain ranges of Peru that has the highest concentration of snowy peaks, this creates beautiful high-Andean landscapes with extensive snow-capped mountains and large glaciers that in their thaw raise beautiful lagoons, valleys and with the passage of time some peaks that are now totally uncovered of snow. Show a singular natural pigment of the rock that together with some minerals and the special color of the land of the place create beautiful mountains that are very striking for the colors they show; These together with the local people who are mostly Alpaca breeders will make this tour an unforgettable experience, breathe deeply and live the 5020 meters of Vinicunca, called “the mountain of colors”.
What’s the plan?
We will pick you up from your hotel between 3:00 a.m. at 3:30 a.m. to then make a trip of 2 and a half hours to Pitumarca where you will have a delicious breakfast and then continue our route until we reach k’ayrawiri (4326 masl) where we will get ready to start the walk, first they will be approximately 2 hours and a half to 3 hours uphill where we can see beautiful landscapes with many mountains covered with snow, local people with typical dress of the area and breeders of llamas and alpacas, in addition to the beautiful high-Andean landscape of the Vilcanota mountain range, when you reach the top (5020 masl ) we will have a free time to take our pictures, then we will start descending this time through the Red Valley, the name is due to the special pigmentation of the earth that has a reddish color, this path will be more special because we may be one of the only ones groups on this route, this road will last about 3 hours to reach Japura where our transport will wait for us to take us to enjoy a comforting Lunch, then we will take our transport to return to Cusco (arrival between 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.), and this is how this great adventure ends.
√ Pre-departure briefing
Before the trek, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This provides an opportunity to ask questions.
You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and get a private transfer to Pitumarca.
√ English speaking guide
You will be accompanied by a professional bilingual tour guide.
√ Transfer back to your hotel
Hotel pick up and drop – off is included.
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch (Vegetarian and vegan options with no extra cost).
√ First-aid kit including emergency oxygen balloon.
√ Polar blankets
√ Walking Sticks
× 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.
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.
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 porters, guides and chefs. 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.
Peru Andes Top
Peru Andes Top is a tour operator based in the city of Cusco and we made several types of services related to tourism for 7 years. We are recognized by the Ministry of Culture to be able to directly operate the Inka Trail, having all the necessary equipment and manage all logistics to deliver this trek for our visitors.
Our main products are developed around trekking, the most important one being Luxury and Traditional Inca Trail. The service we provide with great passion and dedication because it is an unforgettable experience for those who do it.
Our staff is made up of an extremely qualified team in the different activities we carry out. We work with guides that can communicate in Spanish, English, German, Chinese, Portuguese, French and more. Also, we have a great team of highly qualified chefs to satisfy the most demanding palates. Our team will take care of giving you a memorable experience before, during and after your stay.
Also, help from our community is one of our missions as we are in the Piecitos Andinos project of the Community of Santiago de Chacan. Part of our utilities are destined to the community with basic needs of sanitary services, school supplies or activities recreational activities that help develop an atmosphere of joy and solidarity.
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.