Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley 1 Day


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Explore the rich history of Cusco, on the hiking trails of the Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley in the Peruvian Andes.

Explore the rich history of Cusco, on the hiking trails of the Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley in the Peruvian Andes.
A beautiful journey that will bring you through a wild landscape of desert, outstanding beauty between hills and snow-capped mountains, meeting with the local culture and its playful Alpacas, a destination worthy of a movie set: Andean wonder of the Rainbow Mountain.
This route combines magnificent colorful landscapes and its maximum expression in the Vilcanota mountain range, known as Ausangate snow-capped. Likewise, the meeting with the communities will allow us to know closely the customs and traditions of the local culture.
To get closer to Rainbow Mountain, will allow you exploring the enigmatic multicolored mineral formations that are part of this outstanding hill. Your guide will explain to you why and how this mountain looks like something out of a movie set. The last effort will bring you to a 360-degree panoramic viewpoint, which allows visitors to admire a breathtaking landscape of Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley.

Tour highlights!

  • Discover the enchanting Rainbow Mountain, steeped in history, culture, and local Peruvian gastronomy crafted from natural ingredients sourced from the community.
  • Delve into the Vilcanota Mountain Range, a region rich in Inca heritage and renowned for its breathtaking beauty nestled among rolling hills.
  • Embrace the opportunity to embark on a new adventure, creating lasting memories of your own triumphs and experiences.

At dawn, we’ll leave Cusco in a private vehicle to the village of Ollantaytambo, where we’ll board the train towards Km 104. The Inca Trail in the short version will allow us to visit the archaeological site of Chachabamba (2,270 meters), the yunga region of the Andes where agricultural products were collected to be supplied to Machu Picchu. Then, we’ll continue our hike and enjoy the magnificent view of the Vilcanota River. We’ll also be able to see different species of orchids. Then, we’ll visit the archaeological centre of Wañayhuayna (2,700 metres), a fabulous urban complex perched on a rocky outcrop, overlooking the Urubamba Valley and dominated by a vast set of terraces.

After lunch, we’ll head to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) located at 2,780 meters, where we’ll contemplate a beautiful sunset overlooking the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Later, we’ll descend to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu (2,400 meters), to take some pictures considering that the official visit will take place the following day. You’ll be spending the night in a comfortable hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes (2,050 meters).

  • Transportation time: 3h 30
  • Walking time: 6h. 
  • Distance: 12km
  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Meals: BL = box lunch, D = dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
  • Climate: warm during the day with mosquitoes 
  • Elevation: Cusco (3,400m) – km 104 (2,250m) – Wiñayhuayna (2,700m) – Aguas Calientes (2,050m)

Under tent

Hiking (6 hours)



After breakfast, we’ll leave our hotel to take the first bus that will take you up to Machu Picchu citadel (2,400 m). Our bilingual guide will help you to discover the Inca culture in the territory of the Tahuantinsuyo (4 regions of the Inca Empire), as well as the cults and ceremonies performed in the numerous temples and sacred places present in the citadel. After a 2-3 hour guided tour, you’ll have some time to enjoy the magic of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Then, we’ll return to Aguas Calientes to board the train to Ollantaytambo, where our transport will be waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Visiting time: 2h-3h.
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Meals: B = breakfast
  • Overnight: on your own
  • Climate: warm during the day with mosquitoes.
  • Elevation: Aguas Calientes (2,050m) – Machu Picchu (2,400m) – Cusco (3,400m)
  • The cycling tour around the Maras Moray previously described may vary due to weather conditions, landslides, participants walking pace or other factors. Our professional guide will make the right and best decisions along the way for the benefit and safety of the group.
  • The Andean weather is quite unpredictable. Thus, we suggest bringing warm clothes, a hat/cap, sunglasses, a scarf, gloves, jacket, high protection sun cream and 2 liters of mineral water per person.
  • The hike can be physically demanding, as you’ll be walking along slopes at a maximum altitude of 5,200 m / 17,060 ft. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, to have been acclimatized in Cusco for at least 3 days and to have drunk a lot of water the day before.

What we recommend that you bring

  • An ergonomic day backpack for hiking with waterproof cover (30 or 40 liters).
  • Hiking shoes or running shoes.
  • Comfortable pants.
  • T-shirts with short or long sleeves.
  • Rain poncho.
  • Hat, sunscreen and gel disinfectant alcohol.
  • Anti-mosquito spray – minimum recommended 20% DEET (non-toxic – we suggest nature-friendly repellents). No malaria risk has been reported. 
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag).
  • Snack (cereal bars, chocolate and dried fruits).
  • Original passport.
  • Original ISIC Student Card (in case you have applied for a student discount).
  • Extra money in soles. 

1. During high season (May to September), it is difficult to ensure the exact date of entry, due to the restrictions set by the Ministry of Culture to limit the number of entries to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu; therefore, the date of entry to the Inca Trail could vary for one or two days; then we will adapt the program so you can make the most of it.

2. Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain: To hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, it is required to book well in advance, because the entrance tickets are limited to a certain number of people daily. Therefore, we’ll take care of the reservation and confirm your entrance with an additional charge of 75 USD for adults and 55 USD for students.

Note: If you wish to visit any of the extra mountains, please inform us in due time before purchasing the entrance tickets to the Machu Picchu citadel.

3. A solidarity trip: most of the communities in the area are very poor and live off agriculture and cattle farming. Our agency is always collaborating, and your voluntary help would be also much appreciated.

4. Tips: for guide tips are always welcome.

5 Cancellation policy:For any cancellation; the costs already incurred by the travel agency will be at your expense. For more details on the cost of cancellations by certain participants, please refer to articles 6, 6.4 and our cancellation policies in the sales terms and conditions.For more information, you may wish to check or consult our FAQ, Safe and Healthy Travel, and Flexible Booking with Explorandino.

Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu citadel having been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Entrance to Machu Picchu is limited to 4,044 visitors per day. Thus, it is important to book at least 3 months in advance, especially during the high season (between May and September). During the low season, between December and January, it is possible to still have some places available before your visit. However, it’s always best to book in advance.


If you are interested in this trek, please contact us for more information.

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