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Rainbow Mountain Hike 1 Day

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK – 1 DAY

Enjoy the natural colors of the rarely visited Rainbow Mountain Trek, and hike to the saddle of Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,466 ft) where you’ll have incredible views of Ausangate Mountain, glaciers all around, turquoise crystal clear lakes; all set within the incredibly colourful mountain range of Rainbow Mountain.  As you hike you’ll pass through some isolated indigenous communities, walk among herds of llamas and alpacas and have the opportunity to interact with the local’s who are still keeping the Inca culture alive!   The trek also offers a selection of wildlife including soaring condors, vicunas, bobcats and pumas.  The colourful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area is probably the most fascinating thing you’ll see in your trip to Peru.

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OVERVIEW

Day 1: Cusco – Pitumarka – Qesiuno – Rainbow Mt – Quesiuno – Cusco

  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer to train-head.
  • 4 hours of Hiking through the most isolated communities, having the opportunity to interact with them
  • Enjoy the amazing views of glaciers, valleys and the most natural colourful rainbow mountain.
  • Walking distance: 15 kms/9.3 miles
  • Highest elevation: 5100 metres/16732ft
  • Late afternoon, we take our van back to Cusco

ITINERARY

Rainbow Mountain Trek – ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Pitumarka – Qesiuno – Rainbow Mt – Quesiuno – Cusco

We will pick you up from your hotel at 4am, and begin with our amazing Rainbow Mountain Trek Adventure.  We set out on our drive through the South Valley, ending up at the trailhead at Quesiuno (4,326 m / 14,189 ft) is 3 hours.  Along the way there are amazing views of farming Inca terraces, valleys and rocky mountains.

Once we reach the train-head, we start off on our hike following a lovely stream. You will be immediately surprised by the herds of alpacas and llamas. Continually you’ll have views of the Ausangate Mountain as we hike through different villages and interact with the local people who are still keeping the culture alive,

After a total hike of  4 – 5 hours, we finally reach our destination….the Rainbow Mountains (5,020m /16,466ft). After being awed by their incredible beauty, you’ll have time to explore the area. You can take pictures or just  soak up the environment. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top.

At this point, we hike back down the way we came. The hike takes 2-3 hours. Our private van will be waiting for us when we return.

We will embark on the 3 hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel, arriving between 8:00 and 9:00pm.

PRICE

This Rainbow Mountain trek is available to depart any day of the week as long as we have two people. 

PRICE – US$150 per person

*** Breakfast & Lunch are included in our price  for the rainbow mountain trek and they will be prepared by our  cook, this means you will get a fresh and hot meal. 

Included in the price

  • Private and comfortable van and chofer
  • English speaking guide,
  • Hot Breakfast & Lunch prepared by our chef
  • What is not Included? Appreciations.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

  • A horse can be rented for the trip from locals when you arrive if you desire, about US$25

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WHY SAM

WHY CHOOSE SAM TRAVEL

SAM (initials of Saul Alvarez Montalvo) Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and direct local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking.  SAM Travel Peru is a 1oo% Cusquenian Company without any shareholders.

My dream as the owner was to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.    

We take pride in having a reputation as being a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. My staff are my extended family. I ensure they are supported financially by paying them a good wage. I am proud of my team without them I couldn’t give the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.

SMALL GROUPS

In an effort to provide a more personalised service to our passengers, we, in SAM Travel Peru  have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.

OUR TOP TOUR GUIDES

I am very proud of my guides! Highly professional, speaking fluent English, very knowledgeable, passionate for the Inca heritage/ history, dedicated to a steady personal development, learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognised theories about the Inca Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well educated crew as well as having a degree in Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology. Some of them are great entertainers and the best “Salsa Dancers” on this side of Machu Picchu.

OUR COOKS ON THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK

Fabulous CooksThe food on the trek has been highlighted by all our clients  they say “that it was better than in the restaurant’s. “Delicious and abundant gourmet style meals, Peruvian and International Cuisine are prepared by our professional and dedicated cooks from a mixture of local and exotic produce. If you are vegetarian or have food allergies of any kind, we can cater our meal to adjust to your needs.

SAM Travel Peru honours any food restrictions and special diets such a vegetarian or Vegan!

OUR SOCIAL PROJECTS

SAM Travel Peru has always believed that we should “give back” to the communities we pass through when on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many social projects and hire locally.

Have a look our recent social work:  “We, (the students from Patachancha Community) got to go to Machu Picchu for the first time”

SAM Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support these beautiful people, not only employing them work but also to keep things at grassroots, to share in their homes and with their families. This makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!

A beautiful reflection of our attitude in everything we do, is making life richer and more meaningful for all involved.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

“Please read carefully the following information; it will help with your questions about our services and the trek to Machu Picchu” 

WELCOME TO CUSCO

You will be greeted at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to trek´s start. Look out for our representative holding an orange board of SAM Travel Peru at the arrival terminal.

THE BRIEFING

It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm at our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383 ; 303 (second floor) we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE

Of course! During the Rainbow Mountain Trek your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are for free.

HOW TO BOOK THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK

FIRST, to book your Rainbow  Mountain Trek, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an Rainbow Mountain Trek entrance tickets without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of US$50 per person in order to purchase a permit for the Rainbow Mountain Trek.  You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page or click here on the payment of your choice, either VISA or PAYPAL.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money.  You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of samtravelperu@gmail.com. 

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

With alternative treks like the Rainbow Mountain Trek we may be able to change dates for a fee depending on what has been already purchased.  Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date.
*** If you cancel your Rainbow Mountain Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE RAINBOW MOUNATIN TREK

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee.  With the RAINBOW Mountain Trek, we highly recommend you bring some warm clothes and good rain gear in your day backpack especially in rainy season, there can be snow or rain.  It can be very cold at the high altitudes of this trek.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS ON RAINBOW Mountain TREK

In general if you exercise regularly and spend  3 days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatization to the altitude, you may be just fine.

The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you  for Altitude Sickness. For more detailed information on Altitude Sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness. 

We offer the Cusco City Tour and Sacred Valley tours that you can book while you are acclimatizing.  Check out our day tours on our Main Page.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?

The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-6 persons. Sam Travel Peru specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.

HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS FOR THE GROUP?

You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, they will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

Yes, it is a difficult trek due to the high altitude and some sections can be steep, you reach the altitude of 5100 metres/16732ft.  You need to be in good physical condition and had time to adjust to the altitude before going on the trek.

In preparation: try walking 15kms in a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatised to the altitude. Try to spend at least 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

ARE THERE TOILETS ON THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK

It has been highlighted by most of our clients, specially by the female ones!! SAM Travel Peru includes a Responsible & Sustainable “Camping toilet with seat”  that we use on the trek.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE RAINBOW MOUNATIN TREK TREK

In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, Sam Travel Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.

ARE WE GOING TO BE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE TREK?

Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel in Cusco! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SAM Travel Peru destinations. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you feel it, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE WE SUSTAINABLE? 

Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.

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WHAT TO BRING

WHAT TO BRING FOR A DAY HIKE

  • A lightweight, waterproof day pack
  •  Sturdy hiking boots
  •  Warm clothes and hiking pants, not jeans
  •  Layers of clothes for variable temperatures
  •  Camera with extra film and batteries
  •  Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
  •  Thermals, wool socks, gloves, scarf, wool hat
  •  Insect repellent
  •  Extra plastic bags, especially in the wet season
  •  Water proof clothing and or a rain poncho
  •  Water bottles
  •  Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  •  Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
  •  Walking sticks (rentable)
  •  Favorite snacks
  •  Toilet paper
  •  Copy passport and ISIC card if applicable

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