**While this trek is available year-round, we recommend avoiding the rainy season (November - March) when there will be less visibility on the trek, potentially obscuring the amazing views.
You will be picked up in Cuzco early on Day 1 for a transfer to Quesoyuni, where your trek begins. Trek through local villages and stunning views towards Llamachimpana. On Day 2, you will wake up early to trek to the Rainbow Mountain and enjoy this natural wonder before descending for your return transfer to Cuzco, arriving in the evening.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Cuzco – Quesoyuni – Llamachimpana (L/D)
We will pick you up early from your Cuzco accommodation and set out on a drive through the South Valley. We'll enjoy lunch in Pitumarca and then continue our trip to the trailhead at Quesoyuni (4,326 m / 14,189 ft). We will hike through villages and interact with the local residents. We might also have the opportunity to see adorable chinchillas and vicunas (the latter being the only non-domesticated animal of the llama family in Peru). After a hike of 3-4 hours, we will reach our camp, near the village of Llamachimpana. When night falls, we will have a serene night’s sleep under the stars.
Lowest Elevation: 4,326 /14,189ft
Highest Elevation: 4,598 m / 15,082 ft
Distance to walk: 4 km / 2 ½ miles
Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Day 2: Llamachimpana – Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) – Red Valley – Cuzco (B/L)
After breakfast, we'll begin the day with an early climb up the beautiful Rainbow Mountain. Take in the sights of the magical landscapes and the valleys that this beautiful place offers. After soaking in the incredible views, we will go to the Red Valley viewpoint, about 30 minutes from Rainbow Mountain. After, we'll begin our three-hour descent by crossing two beautiful lagoons (Cochayoc and Yanacocha) and arrive at Llamachimpana for lunch. After lunch, we'll travel back to Cuzco where your adventure comes to an end.
Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
Distance to walk: Uphill: 3.5 km / 2 miles; Downhill 7 km / 4 ½ miles
Approximate walking time: 2 hours up; 4 to 5 hours down
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Please note that this hike is demanding and at high altitude. It is recommended that travellers are in good physical condition.