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Rainbow Mountain Trek | Cusco, Peru


 

In a remote, high stretch of the Andes, lies an entire mountain—from its narrow spine to the valley floors far below—that is colored in bands of red, yellow, green, turquoise and violet. Aptly named the Rainbow Mountain, its psychedelic display of colors, set against the vivid blue of the Andean sky, makes it one of the most stunning and surreal landscapes on earth.

The mountain’s unique coloration comes from the minerals present in its layers of sediments. This natural wonder was only recently discovered after the glaciers that once hid the colors from view receded. Today, it is a must-see destination on any Cusco itinerary.

Accessible only by horse or foot, the trek to Rainbow Mountain will take you through vast and breathtaking Andean landscapes. You will walk in the shadow of the majestic, snowcapped Ausangate Mountain, the highest in the Cusco region. This peak is revered and celebrated till today as an Apu, or mountain god, by the Quechua. Along the trail you will see the quaint adobe homes of the pastoralists who live here and their herds of llamas and alpaca grazing on the hillsides.

At the end of the trail, at 17,000 feet above sea level, you will reach a lookout point with an impressive view of the Rainbow Mountain. After some time to explore and take pictures, make your way back down the trail, leaving one of nature’s most remarkable works of art behind us.

 

Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19