The colorful mountain of Peru: trekking to Rainbow Mountain

The colorful mountain of Peru: trekking to Rainbow Mountain

From unknown destination and absent even from the most famous tourist guides, Rainbow Mountain, also called Vinicunca or Montaña de Siete Colores, has become in a very short time one of the most photographed places in all of Peru, second only to Machu Picchu. As mentioned, you will not find information on any paper guide, at least in the less recent ones, because its discovery is very recent and has only been open to the public for a couple of years.

If you are planning a trip to Peru it is impossible not to have come across the picture of this incredible mountain yet. In fact, the particularity of Rainbow Mountain is given by the many colored layers that form it, the result of the sedimentation of different minerals in the soil.
We are in the Vinicunca region, a few hours from Cuzco.
Before jumping headlong into this excursion it is important to know that this is a decidedly demanding trek: the path itself is not particularly difficult as it alternates between short steep climbs and almost flat stretches where you can recover your breath. The real difficulty of this trek is given by the height that is reached, the highest of our entire trip to South America. In fact, the maximum point reached during the trek is at an altitude of 5200 meters above sea level, with a gradient of the entire route to be completed at 1000 meters above sea level. At this height, breathing is difficult and you may experience several typical symptoms of soroche  such as nausea, headache, etc. It is therefore advisable to take this trek after a few days of acclimatization in Cuzco (3400 m asl) so as to give to your physique the time to adapt to the altitude gradually.

Rainbow Mountain: which agency should you rely on?

Being a day trip, we booked it directly in Cuzco the day before. In choosing the agency you can safely aim at saving because we have realized that all but really all the agencies in Cuzco sell exactly the same program of the day with the same identical services. Indeed it will happen to you, as it has happened to us, to pay to an agency but in the morning to find yourself with another, as depending on how many participants have joined together thereby reducing costs.

Rainbow Mountain: how much does it cost?

The cost of the excursion can vary depending on the season and by the agency, from a minimum of € 20 up to almost double. We who have been there in August, touring a few agencies and then bargaining a little, have blown it at 90 soles apiece (around € 20). A really paltry amount.

Rainbow Mountain: what does it include?

Transportation, meals (breakfast and lunch) and tour leader.

Rainbow Mountain: how does the day go?

The day begins very early. The agency’s bus picked us up from our hostel (we provided the address when paying the excursion to the agency the day before) at 3.15am. The reference time varies from 3.00 to 3.30. Once the other travelers have recovered from the various hotels (about fifteen people) we start in the direction of the small village Hanchipata-Quesuno (4326 mt slm) where we arrive after about 3 hours by bus. This is the first stop where you can take a bath and have breakfast. It is a stop for all the agencies in Cuzco so you will end up with many other travelers in a large hall where a very simple breakfast is served and a briefing is held on the route to be taken. Once you recharge your batteries and drink a good mate de coca, take the bus to reach the base camp in about half an hour. You reach the entry point (4200 m asl) at about 8 o’clock from where the trekking on foot begins in the direction of the Ausangate glacier which dominates the valley from the height of its 6372 meters. A very important thing at this point is to have in mind who your group leader leader is (he will be recognizable by the flag in his hand and will often shout the name of the group) as it will all start together but then it will be impossible to keep everyone the same step seen the difficulty of trekking. For about 70 soles a / r it is possible to mount a horse driven by one of the many local women or kids at the beginning of the journey and reach the summit with considerable help. You can opt to take a horse even further along the route or for the return, the cost will be lower. We have tackled the climb on foot with a slow but steady pace, stopping several times to drink, eat a snack but also to remove a layer of clothing as we climbed up to remain half sleeves. In all we took an hour and fifty minutes to go and just a little less to go back, the full trek is 16 km. The guide indicates average journey time around 2 hours and a half to go and as many to return. Once you reach the Vinicunca pass with an additional effort you reach the maximum point, or the stopping several times to drink, eat a snack but also to remove a layer of clothing as we climbed up to remain half sleeves. In all we took an hour and fifty minutes to go and just a little less to go back, the full trek is 16 km. The guide indicates average journey time around 2 hours and a half to go and as many to return. Once you reach the Vinicunca pass with an additional effort you reach the maximum point, or the stopping several times to drink, eat a snack but also to remove a layer of clothing as we climbed up to remain half sleeves. In all we took an hour and fifty minutes to go and just a little less to go back, the full trek is 16 km. The guide indicates average journey time around 2 hours and a half to go and as many to return. Once you reach the Vinicunca pass with an additional effort you reach the maximum point, or themirador, at an altitude of 5,200 meters above sea level. Once on the crest of the mountain, take some time to enjoy the view from above (and catch your breath!). That day the sun shone high and the sky was a deep blue to make the colors all around so bright they seemed surreal. Something indescribable.

At about 13.00 we were again at the entry point where we joined the guide and, slowly, to our whole group. Before returning we stopped again in Quesium where we had lunch and finally returned to Cuzco, in Plaza de Armas, at about 6.00 pm.

It is a very popular tourist destination to be set up in one day from Cuzco. Anyone who would like to contemplate from the mirador its unique beauty in the world, but all this wonder must be earned with a physical and mental effort, difficult but not impossible. I can assure you that it is one of the most exciting experiences you will ever have on your journey. So don’t be discouraged and conquer Rainbow Mountain, considered by National Geographic one of the hundred places to visit at least once in your life. How can you blame him?

Winding Stone Pathways & Green Hills: 3 Reasons to Trek to Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail

Winding Stone Pathways & Green Hills: 3 Reasons to Trek to Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail

Built in the 15th century, Machu Picchu is the hottest tourist destination for adventure lovers worldwide. From its high altitude skimming mountain peaks to challenging trek trails, Machu Picchu is the best destination for those looking to push themselves to the limit.

Got your hiking gear ready for a thrill-seeking adventure to Machu Picchu? Here’s why you should opt for the Inca Trail!

Access Unique Ruins on the Way to Machu Picchu

Trekking to Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail will give you the chance to explore ruins unique to this route. From the high town of Llactapata to Runkurakay and Sayacmarca, the Inca Trail is home to a lot of archaeological wonders.

If you want to travel through the pages of 16th century history, stop by the ruins in Llactapata. The 16th century-styled houses and terraces will leave you in awe!

You can also rest for a while at the circular-shaped Runkurakay ruins. This site also hosts the path which served as a trade route in ancient times. Over the course of your journey, you’ll get to visit the seat of the sacred village of the Inca civilization, the Sayacmarca.

Finally, you’ll reach the last leg of your tour with the Inti Punku. Also known as the “Sun Gate,” this site will offer you panoramic views of the citadel. In short, opt for the Inca Trail to truly get an immersive experience of Machu Picchu.

Experience the Beauty of Andes Mountains First Hand

One of the longest running mountain ranges, the Andes Mountains divide the continent of South America into two. No wonder it’s often touted as one of the most spectacular tourist destinations worldwide!

If you want to visit the breathtaking Machu Picchu, but are short on time or traveling with family, opt for the 2-day Inca Trail through the Andean Mountains. Starting in the City of Cusco, this 2-day tour will take you to the Wiñay Wayna and eventually the Sun Gate.

The best part about this trail is that you’ll get a first-hand experience of the immense biodiversity of this place without exerting yourself too much.  So make sure you bring a camera along. The curvy pathways and bamboo trees will make you want to capture the beauty forever in a photograph!

Machu Picchu One Day Tour

Get an Immersive, One-of-a-Kind History Lesson

If you’re trekking to Machu Picchu through the Inca route, you’ll get a first-hand experience to learn about the history of the Inca civilization. Built in the 12th century, the Inca Empire was one of the largest and most glorious empires in pre-Colombian America.

As you walk down the path of history, your tour guide will be able to provide you with a detailed account of the region and its people. This way, you’ll be able to put pictures to the story.

In short, from its impressive ruins, stone structures to temples, this route will let you catch a glimpse into the Inca civilization’s prestige and ingeniousness. So take the time to visit all these landmarks to catch the Incan history at its finest!

If you’re looking to trek to Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail, get in touch with Andean Soul Adventure. Based in Cusco, Peru we’re a travel company and tour operator with years of expertise in the tourism industry.

Whether you’re looking for a two-day tour of the Inca Trail or trek to Machu Picchu via Inca Quarry, our personalized tour packages have got you covered!

For more details about our Inca Quarry trek tours, call us at +51-993-633-588!

The Seat of the Inca Emperor: 3 Things to Keep In Mind before Visiting Machu Picchu

The Seat of the Inca Emperor: 3 Things to Keep In Mind before Visiting Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, with its rich architectural and cultural history, is an important marker of the Inca civilization in Peru.  From the Temple of the Moon to the Ruins of Intipata, Machu Picchu is truly a sight to behold! Perhaps, it’s no surprise that it hosted 1,578,030 visitors in 2018 alone.

Excited to embark on a one-of-a-kind travel experience to Machu Picchu? Here are some things to take care of before you take the trip!

Book In Advance for the Inca Trail

If you’re visiting Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail, make sure to book in advance, make sure to book in advance. The Inca Trail is the only route out that ends at the ruins. This makes the Inca Trail one of the hottest trekking destinations among visitors worldwide. So to avoid any disappointment, check out the trek tours in advance.

Keep in mind that the government only issues 500 passes per day to prevent over-tourism. Out of these, 300 are given to the tour guides and porters. This leaves only 200 passes for tourists visiting each day.

There Are Treks Other Than the Inca Trail

You were on the lookout for reasonable and attractive trek tickets for the Inca Trail. But somehow you just didn’t get your hands on any. Does that mean you call your dream of trekking to Machu Picchu quits? Of course not!

Besides the Inca Trail, there are just as many breathtaking routes that take you to your destination. If you want to experience the majestic beauty of the Sacred Valley first-hand, opt for the Lares Trek. This route passes through the picturesque local village to give a taste of the actual Peruvian lifestyle. You can also go for the Salcantay Trail. Taking between 4 to 7 days, this trek route starts in Cusco and ends at the foot of Machu Picchu.

 Ausangate Mountain Tour

Keep the Season in Mind When Planning Your Trip

Machu Picchu is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world. But before you jet off to this heaven on earth, make sure to factor the season into the equation. The time of the year you choose for your Machu Picchu vacation will determine the success of your entire trip.

If you want to visit when it’s less crowded, opt for summers. Choose any month from November through February to revel in the site’s beauty without bumping into throngs of people. If admiring the beauty of the ruins is more your thing, take a trip in the winter months. This is when the skies will be the clearest. But keep in mind, this season will also be the busiest.

If you’re looking for the best vacation packages to Machu Picchu, get in touch with Andean Soul Adventure. We’re a travel agency and tour operator in Cusco Peru, with years of expertise in the tourism industry.

Whether you’re looking for a city tour to Cusco or tour through the Sacred Valley, we offer tour packages tailored to our clients’ travel goals.

For more information about our Machu Picchu tour package, contact us today!

How to get to Queswachaca from Cusco?

How to get to Queswachaca from Cusco?

Cusco without a doubt surprise us with new places to explore this incredible last Inca suspension bridge or rope bridge called by the locals Queswachaca it is one of the best Inca engineerings.

Queswachaca bridge was built on the Inca time this is the last Inca bridge that you can enjoy and understand how the Incas used to build their bridges just using the natural highland grass called (hichu).

It is an impressive suspension bridge over the Apurimac River just you can understand how the Incas were able to build being there and the surrounding views are outstanding and unique you can have amazing pictures in this place if you are brave you can experience crossing the hanging bridge.

Where is located?

It is located in the district of Q’ewe province of Canas over the Apurimac river.

How to get by myself?

If you want to get by yourself to this marvelous place you have to take local transportation for two hours more or less until Combapata here, you can find some local restaurants to have your lunch then from here you have hire a taxi round trip because there are no local transportations until the Queswachaca bridge once you arrive you have to pay 10 soles an entrance fee to the bridge there no much to hike from the bus road is only 10 minutes away to the actual place, then back to Cusco.

How to get with a travel agency?

We pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am in our private van in Cusco we will drive to the southeast of Cusco city along we will pass different picturesque small towns until Combapata from here we will turn to the right with direction to Queswachaca bridge we will drive for 1 hour more or less along the way we will see lovely lakes, the highland plateau and agricultural areas. Once we arrive you will have plenty of time to enjoy this magnificent Inca suspension bridge then we will come back using the same way back to Cusco and we will drop you in your hotel.

What is included in the tour?

  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
  • Private transportation (round trip)
  • 01 breakfast 01 buffet lunch (vegetarian food upon request)
  • Professional tour guide (English and Spanish speaking)
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen tank

What is not included?

  • Entrance fee to Queswachaca bridge 10 soles per person
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Dinner
  • Tips to the crew

Would you like to book a tour? Ask us we can customize your tour

Satelital Map of the route to Queswachaca

¿What can I see in Queswachaca?

If you are the one that loves nature and being out of crowds this is perfect, the views will be spectacular especially after Combapata town where you can appreciate the agricultural areas all the natural products that are growing, we will one amazing  lake is part of the four lakes you can see also birds on the lake and the straw that grows in this area that the Incas used for the roof of the house and to build their incredible hanging bridges.

As you get closer to Queswachaca you will see the amazing valley and the Apurimac River running through that gives a breathtaking view!

Once you get off from the bus you have to walk for 5 minutes only to get to the bridge here you will see how big and thick are the ropes and of course if you go with a travel agency your tour guide will explain you all about how the Incas used to do this impressive bridges and how the locals from the area do nowadays keeping the knowledge of their ancestors.

What is the attitude at Queswachaca?

This amazing bridge is at an elevation of 3700 meters (12139.11 feet)

What is the weather like at Qeswachaca?

The weather is exactly the same as in Cusco city we have well defined two seasons.

The dry and wet season

Our wet season is November to April is our summer but here in the Andes, it rains a lot in the sunny day is warm to hot in.

Our dry season is from May to October usually sunny days and in the morning and at night cold.

 

How far do I have to hike from the bus station?

The bus will drop you so close to the Bridge so you don’t have to hike much as much you will walk for 10 minutes!

Is there a hotel or hostel near Queswachaca bridge?

Near to this beautiful rope Queswachaca bridge, there are no hostels, you can find a place to stay in Combapata which is 01 hours more or less from Queswachaca bridge by car.

Where can I eat?

Combapata is the place where you can find some local restaurants where you can find breakfast, Lunch, and dinner just around the plaza.

Recommendations

  • Recommended to start early the tour
  • If you are going by yourself take your box lunch
  • If you are going in the rainy season take with you a waterproof jacket or plastic poncho
  • In dry season sun hut and sunblock
  • Good camera to take incredible pictures

Recommended to go with a travel agency if you need furder information do not hesitate to contact us to info@andeansouladventure.com we will be more than happy to help to organize your tour of this wonderful place