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Vinicunca Peru Rainbow Mountain 2 Day Trek

Visit incredible Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountain in Peru on this 2 day trek. You’ll camp under starry skies, learn about the mountain from a local guide, eat freshly-prepared meals, and see stunning landscapes and friendly alpacas on the way!

USD $295.00USD $389.00

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Vinicunca Peru Rainbow Mountain 2 Day Trek

This is tour and requires a minimum of 2 people to book. If you are traveling solo or would like to book a group tour instead, please email us at info@keteka.com

Highlights

  • Enjoy a secluded beautiful part of the Cusco area
  • Take in the gorgeous natural scenery of Rainbow Mountain
  • View crystal, turquoise lakes, and grazing alpacas
  • Eat fresh meals prepared by a chef daily
  • Sleep under splendidly starry skies

Duration

2 Days / 1 Night

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – South Valley & Illapampa

The tour begins with an early morning departure to Quispicanchis. Here you will find the magnificent Ausangate, the Rainbow Mountain of Peru, and countless other natural wonders. During the drive, you will stop at several scenic lookouts and two restored colonial churches. The drive is about 3-3.5 hours total. You’ll reach the trek departure point around midday, where the group will stop for a picnic lunch before beginning the hike to the campsite in Illapampa.

The trek begins with a moderate climb, hiking through meadows surrounded by giant mountain peaks. During the hike, you will have the chance to see alpacas, llamas, and maybe even foxes and chinchillas! After about 2 hours of hiking, you will reach the campsite in Illapampa, where you will have a chance to meet a traditional alpaca farming family. After dinner, if the sky is clear, you should definitely take some time to check out the incredibly starry sky before bed!

Trek duration: 4 km to campground
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – Illapampa-Rainbow Mountain-Cusco

After a hearty breakfast, you’ll set out for Rainbow Mountain! Hike through the red mountains accompanied by views of snowy peaks close by. After 1.5 to 2 hours you’ll arrive at Vinicunca pass, which directly faces the colorful mountain. Enjoy time to take photos and explore on your own as you enjoy incredible views of the Rainbow Mountain, Ausangate, and multiple other dominating peaks in the area. After some time to take photos and enjoy the view, you will begin the 3-4 hour hike back. After the return hike and lunch, you will return to Cusco, arriving in the evening.

Trek duration: 6 km of hiking
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

What’s Included

  • Professional and experienced English-speaking guide
  • A chef to cook meals while trekking
  • Mules and muleteers to carry equipment and supplies
  • Private transportation from your Cusco hotel and back
  • All required equipment (except a sleeping bag)
  • Camping, dining, and bathroom tents, and air mattresses

What’s Not Included

  • International & domestic flights
  • Traveler’s insurance – We recommend World Nomads Travel Insurance
  • Discretionary expenses such as gratuities, snacks, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Meals not listed above

Important Notes

  • This is one of the highest elevation treks in the Cusco area, so it is HIGHLY recommended that you spend a minimum of two days acclimatizing at elevation before beginning the trip
  • Rainbow Mountain Elevation: approximately 5,023 m/16,478 ft
  • Weather during the trip can suddenly and unexpectedly change, so be prepared with layers, as days are generally warm and nights cold
  • Be sure to bring a hat and gloves, even if it’s been warm during other parts of your Peru trip!
  • Best time to do the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Trek: June – August (Peru’s winter and dry season)
  • You can trek at other times as well; there is a higher chance of rain and clouds, making it difficult to see the colors on the mountain
  • Group size: 2-10 people

Add Ons

  • Stargazing, astro-photography, and Inca astronomy tour: $39 USD per person
  • -15C sleeping bag with fleece liner: $20 USD per person
  • Hot water bottle: $20 USD per person
  • 1 pair trekking poles: $20 USD per person
  • Riding horse: $69 USD per person
  • Comfort camping upgrade: $76 USD per person; includes:
    • -15C sleeping bag with fleece liner
    • Hot water bottle
    • Pair of trekking poles
    • Larger tent with solar lantern
    • Extra thick air mattress
    • Wine served with dinner each night

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What Happens After I Book?

After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.

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