RAINBOW MOUNTAIN HIKE FULL DAY
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The Rainbow Mountain in Ausangate, also known as Vinicunca, is one of the new and most popular routes with breathtaking views of the Andes and the most important mountains of Cusco. Ausangate mountain itself a holy mountain ( mountain spirit - APU). Since pre-Inca times the mountain has been a place of worship and offerings and this tradition continues today.
According to the research, the coloration of the rainbow mountain is due to the composition of minerals that it has: the pink color is for the red clay, fangolitas and arilitas. The whitish, for the quartzose sandstone and marls, rich in calcium carbonate. The red is composed of the clay (iron) and clays belonging to the upper tertiary. The green is due to the compound of phyllites and clays rich in ferro magnesian. The earthy brown is a product of fanglomerate composed of rock with magnesium belonging to the Quaternary era. And the mustard yellow color for the calcareous sandstones rich in sulfur minerals, the vinicunca mountain is rich in all these minerals.
- Starting Altitude - 3800m / 12,467ft..
- Highest Altitude - 5000m / 16.404ft.
- Meals - 2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner
- Overall Difficulty - Moderate
- STARTING POINT: - Cusco at your hotel
Since 2016, a new tourist route has been opened to the public in the Cusco region, which has gained a lot of popularity quickly in the Peruvian and foreign tourists.
The Vinicunca mountain is located in the vicinity of the Ausangate mountain (6,384 meters above sea level / 20,944), the fifth highest mountain in Peru, and one of the most important Apus (god) for the Incas.
The Rainbow Mountain is located in the Cordillera del Vilcanota at (5,200 meters above sea level / 17.0604), in the district of Pitumarca. the mountain is colored by stripes of intense shades of pink, whitish, green, brown, yellow, fuchsia, turquoise, lavender and gold.
According to the "Business Insider" website that I published in August 2017, The Mountain of Rainbow appeared on the list of 100 places to visit before dying recommended by travel experts.
RAINMBOW MOUNTAIN FULL DAY
We will pick you up in Cusco at 5:00 a.m., from whichever hotel you are staying at within Cusco. We will have a trip on a private transport to Quesiuno located at 4,320 masl (start of the Hike) Approximately 3 Hrs. The breakfast will be provided once we arrive to Quesiuno. After our breakfast We start our hike of 4200 m to 5100 masl to Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountain lead by our hike guide, here we can see the impressive colors that form the famous mountain, herds of alpacas and llamas and the south side of Ausangate. We will hike through small traditional andean villages a see the local people with their colorful dresses. Once we arrive at the top of Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to absorb the majesty of the red mountains that surround this area. You will also see amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Mountain in front of you. Ausangate is the tallest mountain of the Cusco region (just under 21,000 ft elevation), and is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota Range. While taking in these magnificent views, our staff will bring you some hot drinks and share some information with you about the composition of these mountains and how they became striated in the rainbow of colors. After taking a few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a few condors floating on the air currents), we will begin our descent with a two hour, downhill hike. We will then meet up with our trekking chef and enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared, hot lunch. After lunch, you may visit some of the local homes, where you can see the lifestyle of these people, who still practice the ancient traditions of the Incas. They honor the mountain spirits and the Sun, to ensure that their crops and herds flourish. The natives also weave the textiles that you will find in the museums around Peru. Finally, after our interactions with the locals, we will start our return trip back to the Chillca village, to catch our private van back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel around 8 p.m.
- Private transportation to Kayrawiry
- Pre-trek Briefing 1 or 2 days before your trek.
- Pick up from your hotel in Cusco (no matter which hotel)
- Tour guide for the entire trip (English speaking)
- 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and snack.
- First Aid kit
- Oxygen tank
- Entrance fee to access the mountain area (10 soles)
- Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
- Additional Personal horse for riding 30.00 USD
- Tips for the wranglers and guides
WHAT TO BRING
- A small backpack.
- Copy of your passport.
- Good team trek, such as hiking boots, scarf, polar or thermal clothing, gloves, fleece warm hat and wool socks.
- Waterproof pants and jacket for the cold
- T-shirts and long sleeve sweaters
- Poncho Rain
- Sun hat
- Camera and films
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and TIPS.
List of objects to take to the Trek.
This tour leaves every day of the year.
- Pre payment per person: 50% of the payment per person
- Balance: 50% before departure. - Terms and Conditions -
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