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Sustainable Rainbow Mountain adventure


Experience the Rainbow Mountain of Peru in a sustainable way with an overnight stay at an eco-lodge in Huampococha, which is closer to the starting point for the hike than Cusco city. Take a break from the daily hustle and bustle and appreciate the rugged beauty of the highlands, while also supporting two local communities and enjoying breathtaking views. This 2-day excursion is not your typical Rainbow Mountain day hike, as it offers an excellent opportunity for cultural exchange with both communities. Along the way, you will gain insight into their fascinating knowledge and cosmological perspective.

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From USD 1465
Private excursion
(Mon - Sun)
Min 1
 / Max  8

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What this place offers

Lighting by candlelight/lanterns
Private/en-suite bathroom

Your Itinerary

Cusco – Huampococha (L, D)

Your 2-day-journey to Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) starts with a pick-up from Cusco in the morning.  Escorted by your guide you cross through the Vilcanota Valley to the town of Checacupe. Hike through the spectacular canyon of Japura until you arrive at the community of Osefina, where we see the first grazing llamas and alpacas. Little by little you start ascending through a picturesque valley. As you leave the last houses behind, the landscape will change drastically on the way to the Anta pass and you will earn your first glimpse of the Vilcanota mountain range. You will spend the night in the Huampococha Lodge where you may get the opportunity to see Andean geese who usually nest close by.

Min. altitude: 3,384 m (11,102 ft.), max. altitude: 4,900 m (16,076 ft.)
Hiking distance: 6.5 km (4 miles), hiking duration: 4 hours
A good physical condition, as well as previous acclimatization, is required for this hike.

Huampococha – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco (B, L)

Enjoy your breakfast with the first rays of sunshine before starting your hike. Today you will encounter the most spectacular stretch. You will get to hike between mountains which have naturally formed with a myriad of colors. Enjoy the awe-inspiring views over this natural geological wonder as it shows off its red, ochre, and blue layers. Admire the unique beauty of Rainbow Mountain one last time before descending through the valley that leads to Japura. Along the way, you will have time for a farewell lunch before being dropped off back in Cusco.

Min. altitude: 3,384 m (11,102 ft.), max. altitude: 5,100 m (16,732 ft.)
Hiking distance: 16 km (9.9 miles), hiking duration: 5 hours
A good physical condition, as well as previous acclimatization, is required for this hike.

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Where you'll be

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco. The transfer takes about 3 hours 15 minutes - approx. 139km / 86 miles.

Know before you go

Physicality (3/3)
This experience is for those that want a workout. Not for the faint-hearted, these experiences will challenge you and could involve hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, ziplining, and more (often at high altitudes). We suggest having a good level of physical fitness and checking with your travel specialist to see if any previous experience is recommended/required.
What to bring
A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, layered clothing, and some light snacks are recommended. Make sure to pack comfortable hiking boots and if possible, walking sticks (which can be found for rent in the Procuradores Street in Cusco).

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