Cusco,Cusipata,Montaña Vinincunca,Valle rojo
- Time Full day
- Tour Type Hike
- Altitude 5200 m.a.s.l.
- Place Cusco
- Difficulty Moderate
The Vilcanota mountain range, located southeast of Cusco, is a mountain range with a large number of snow-capped peaks, creating breathtaking landscapes at high altitudes. These snow-capped mountains, glaciers and lagoons offer spectacular views. Some of the peaks, which are now free of snow, exhibit unique colors on the rocks due to minerals and local soil. In addition, interaction with the local people, mainly alpaca breeders, adds a special touch to this experience. The colorful mountain, Vinincunca, which is located at 5036 meters above sea level, awaits you for an unforgettable experience.
- 5:00 AM We will pick you up at your hotel with our private vehicle and take you to the trailhead.
- 7:00 AM enjoy breakfast at our restaurant located at the trailhead.
- The walking tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours along a path that ascends through the trail through a desert valley and offers full views of the glaciers. You can also choose to climb on horseback, which is included in the package.
- Once you reach the top, you can opt to take an additional 45-minute hike to visit the Red Valley.
- The return trip, descending to the parking lot where our vehicle is located, takes approximately 1 hour.
- 12:30 PM at our restaurant, a buffet lunch will be offered.
- After lunch, we return to Cusco in our van.
- Around 4 pm, the tour will come to an end in Cusco and we will take you back to your hotel.
|Arrival point||Santa María|
|Activities||Transfer from Cuzco Abra Malaga – Biking|
|Distance / duration||210 Km/ 7 h|
You will be picked up at the hotel between 4:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. to start a 2 hour trip to Cusipata. There you will enjoy a delicious breakfast before continuing the journey to Phulluwasipata, located at 4626 meters above sea level. In this place we will get ready to start the hike. The ascent will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, during which you will be able to contemplate beautiful landscapes with snow-capped mountains, people dressed in typical local costumes and llama and alpaca breeders. In addition, you will be able to enjoy the impressive views of the Vilcanota mountain range in the high altitude area. Once we reach the summit at 5036 meters above sea level, you will have free time to take pictures. Afterwards, we will begin the descent through the Red Valley, so called because of the reddish color of the earth, caused by the abundance of minerals. This section of the trail will be especially special, as we are likely to be one of the few groups to hike this route. The hike will last about 2 and a half to 3 hours until we reach Phulluwasipata again, where our transportation will be waiting to take us to enjoy a well-deserved and delicious lunch. Then, we will head back to Cusco in our vehicle, with an estimated arrival between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm. We will end the tour on a street near the Plaza de Armas due to traffic issues.
- Duration: Full day
- Frequency: Every day, pre-booked
- Group: Maximum 18 people
- What’s Included: Tourist transport bus, Official guide, Breakfast, Lunch, Drop-off (ends in the center of the city).
- We offer a briefing talk one day before the tour at our RAP TRAVEL office, but if you don’t have time, you can contact us via WhatsApp for additional inquiries.
- Hotel pick up.
- Private Tourist Transportation to and from the hotel (Minibuses of 15 or 20 passengers).
- 01 breakfast and 01 lunch buffet (vegetarian and vegan options at no additional cost).
- Entrance Tickets (for the Mountain and the Red Valley).
- Professional Bilingual Guide.
- First aid kit (with Oxygen Balloon).
- Wooden walking sticks.
- Personal expenses
Recommendations – What you need:
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho.
- Warm jacket, hat and gloves
- Comfortable pants
- Sunscreen cream (factor 35 recommended)
- Reusable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
- Personal medications
PRIVATE SERVICE TOUR
Trekking Tour Colored Mountain + Red Valley Full Day
PRICE PER PERSON
Minimum 02 people
|Private tour summary
Frequently Asked Questions from travelers
What is the mountain of 7 colors?
The 7-color mountain, also known as Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountain, is a geological phenomenon located in Peru. It stands out for its striking palette of colors ranging from red, green and yellow tones, to purple and blue hues.
What is the best time to visit the mountain of 7 colors?
The optimal season to visit the 7-color mountain is during the dry season in Peru, which runs from May through September. During this period, the weather is more predictable and there is less chance of rainfall, which will give you a better experience appreciating the landscapes
Is it difficult to hike to the 7-color mountain?
The hike to the 7 colors mountain can present difficulties, due to its steep slope and high altitude. It is advisable to be in good physical condition and properly adapted to the climate of Cusco before undertaking the trek. However, alternatives such as horse or mule rental are available for those who prefer not to walk.
Is a special permit required to visit the 7-color mountain?
Yes, it is necessary to obtain an entrance ticket to access the 7-color mountain. These tickets are usually purchased through tourist agencies in Cusco, and usually include transportation and guide. It is important to obtain your ticket in advance, as there is a daily limit of visitors established.
How long can I stay in the 7-color mountain?
The length of time you can stay at 7 Colors Mountain depends on the tour you choose. Generally, the tours allow you to enjoy approximately 1 to 2 hours at the top of the mountain to admire the scenery and take pictures. Then, the descent back to the base begins.
Can I go without a tour to the 7-color mountain?
You can visit the 7 color mountain without a tour, but you need an entrance ticket. Tour operators in Cusco offer tickets, transportation and guide. If you go on your own, research requirements, availability and arrange your own transportation. The hike can be challenging, good physical condition and experience in high altitude trekking is recommended.
Can I suffer from altitude sickness when climbing the 7-color mountain, how to prevent it?
It is possible to suffer from altitude sickness when climbing the 7-color mountain. To prevent it, it is recommended to acclimatize in Cusco before the hike, drink enough water, avoid intense physical exertion, eat light food and rest as necessary.
What are the visiting hours in the Mountain of the 7 Colors?
The Mountain of the 7 Colors (Vinicunca) does not have an established schedule. The visits are usually during the day and part of the afternoon, avoiding the cold at sunset. Tours last about 13 hours, from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m., but may vary according to the operator and the weather.
¿Are there restrooms in the 7 Colors Mountain?
On the way to Vinicunca, basic restrooms are available for a cost of 1 Peruvian sol. However, due to the remote location and limited infrastructure, services may be scarce.
Why does the Red Valley have these colors?
Cusco’s Red Valley owes its name and characteristic colors to the geological composition of the area. The reddish and ochre colors are mainly due to the presence of minerals rich in iron and iron oxide, such as hematite. These minerals oxidize over time and give rise to the reddish tones seen in the soil and rock formations of the valley. The contrast of these intense colors with the natural surroundings creates an impressive and unique landscape that attracts numerous visitors.
What are the popular activities in Red Valley?
In the Red Valley, visitors can enjoy a variety of popular activities. These include hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching, camping and visits to the charming nearby towns.
Is there an age limit for the Red Valley hike?
There is no set age limit for hiking the Red Valley, but good physical condition and altitude adaptation is recommended. Consult a doctor beforehand and consider individual capabilities. Local tours and guides can provide more detailed information on requirements and conditions.
What is the difficulty level of the Red Valley hike?
The Red Valley hike is of moderate difficulty, with variations depending on the route and personal conditions. The altitude and steep terrain can be challenging. Good physical condition and adaptation to the altitude is required. Precautions such as carrying water, sun protection and regular rest are important. Consult with local guides for accurate information and specific recommendations.