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Rainbow Mountains be amazed by the colourful candy-stripes! Colourful rainbow mountains in Peru
Kandoo Adventures: June 1st 2020

A fantastic opportunity to see the incredible, colourful, candy-striped Rainbow Mountains of Vinicunca, to the south of Cusco, by adding just one day to your itinerary. 

You will be picked you up from your hotel in Cusco at 3:00 am for the 3 hour journey to our trek start point, passing through traditional villages and see some amazing views of the Andes.  You will enjoy a hearty breakfast at the trail head before you start your trek.

Starting from Quesiuno, at 3,700m elevation, you will hike uphill for 2 hours to reach the viewpoint at 5,000m where you will enjoy views of the amazing red scree landscape of the famous Rainbow Mountains.   The spectacular striped effect is caused by the different mineral composition of the sedimentary layers; red for iron oxide, yellow for iron sulphide and brown for sandstones.  Along the way, you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley. As you reach the summit of the mountain, you will be able to spot some Andean wildlife.  This is the only place near Cusco where you can see wild Vicuñas, otherwise known as the Andean camel.  Their wool is purported to be the most expensive in the World.  From here you will also see Apu Ausangate, the highest mountain the region at 6384m (just under 21,000 ft), part of the Cordillera Vilcanota range.

After soaking up the views and taking plenty of photos of this wonderful scenery you will begin the descent. We leave the main route and head into the Red Valley, where the red, iron-rich soil contrasts with the vibrant green vegetation. After around 3 hours, we will arrive back at the trailhead where we will meet up with our chef who will have prepared a delicious lunch. We will then drive back to Cusco, arriving back to your hotel at around 3:00 pm.

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