Multi-day trip

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake 2-Day Tour

Activity provider: Peru & U

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake 2-Day Tour

Activity provider: Peru & U

From US$ 99 per person

Embark on a thrilling 2-day exploration tour from Cusco to Humantay Lake with its green and blue-toned glacial water and the colorful breathtaking views over the Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley.

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Duration 2 days
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
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Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the beautiful Humantay Lake on a 3 hours’ trek
  • Venture on a full day exploration to Rainbow Mountain
  • Learn from an expert guide at what makes these places unique
Full description

Day 1 – Humantay Lake

Have a morning pick-up from your hotel in Cusco and continue on a 2-hour ride enjoying the beautiful landscapes until reaching Soraypampa. Enjoy breakfast prior to the trailhead. Begin your adventure along a photogenic path called the “Camino Real,” as you gain altitude.

Continue for another hour and a half, ascending 360mts/1,200 feet in just 2 miles up a steep path. After conquering the last hill, you'll gaze down on a turquoise lake below, which is surrounded by steep peaks and an impressive glacier.

The hike is dominated by Salkantay Peak, one of Peru’s most sacred mountains, towering more than 6,000mts/20,600 feet with a sheer and snowy face. The equally impressive Humantay Peak, rising 5,900mts/19,412 feet, is also within view.

Once on the shores, enjoy, relax, and take pictures. When ready to hike back, descend to Soraypampa for lunch. After lunch, it’s time to take the transportation back to Cusco downtown arriving in the late afternoon. Day 2 – Rainbow Mountain

Today, you'll visit the trendy Rainbow Mountain, famous for becoming viral on social media. Located in the southeast of Cusco in the middle of the Andean mountain ranges.

After a morning pick-up from your hotel, venture on a 3-hour drive passing valleys, rivers, mountains, and some smaller communities. Reach Hanchipacha, to enjoy breakfast, then head to the starting point which is already at 4900 meters above sea level.

From here you will hike uphill for about 45 minutes to the highest point of the excursion at 5000 meters. Pass the unique formations of the rainbow mountain range and enjoy the breathtaking views at the snow-capped Ausangate, the second-highest in Peru.

Once on top of the viewpoint, you'll have the Vilcanota Mountain range in front of you. Have all the time to rest and take pictures. After the exploration, back to Cusipata and enjoy a rewarding lunch. Take the bus to return to Cusco arriving in the late afternoon.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup from Cusco Downtown hotels
  • Round trip transportation
  • Spanish/English-speaking guide
  • Medical kit and oxygen bottle
  • Breakfast and lunch on both days
  • Walking sticks
  • Emergency horses
  • Tips
  • Overnight accommodation
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at Plazoleta Regocijo Water Fountain 10 minutes before departure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Hiking shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • It is recommended to arrive at least 2 days before the tour, to get used to the altitude
  • Emergency horses are available for rent only to locals in both sites

Product ID: 293555