After a two-days trip in Machu Picchu, I decided to do another two days trip in Rainbow Mountain.

The elevation of Machu Picchu is around 2000m-3000m and the elevation of the Rainbow Mountain is around 5000m. If you plan to go there, I recommend acclimating for at least 1 day in Cusco before to do this trip. The lack of oxygen in the mountains will make the hike more difficult than usual.

I booked the trip with FlashPackers Connect for around 350$ and I DON'T regret it! It was an amazing experience. The guide speak english, very friendly and give us a lot of information during the trip.

2-days trip included :

  • Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco
  • All meals/drinks prepared by private cook (All food on the trek, which incorporates traditional Peruvian cuisine as well as modern fusion cuisine and specific dietary needs.)
  • Boiled water and snacks.
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking guide
  • All gear and camping supplies
  • Large Dining tent, table, stools, all cutlery, and kitchen tent
  • Portable toilet
  • Horseman/Pack horses to carry all of the gear
  • Duffel bag for you to pack your personal belongings into (carried by horses)
  • Fees to access private land
  • First Aid kit including oxygen tank
  • Sleeping bag (available upon request*)
  • Sleeping pad

We were 3 tourists, a guide and two horses.


DAY 1

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The trip starts here. The weather was perfect, the temperature was around 15°C. As soon as we start walking, we could remove a few layers, wearing only a t-shirt was enough.

We stayed for the night in these huts. The sleeping bags were very thick and the hut well insulated. We had no problem to fall asleep!


DAY 2

Pictures location

Wake up at 3:30 am, with a traditional coca tea at breakfast and a good meal. Then we started our walk. The goal is to arrive before 7:30 am in the Rainbow Mountain to arrive first. Indeed, tourists who visit these mountains in 1 day usually arrive around 8:30 from the other side of the mountain.

That's it! I hope you enjoyed it. Personaly the Rainbow Mountains was a more interesting experience than the Machu Picchu. I really recommend doing the 2-days trip and not a one-day trip (which is much more popular and touristic).

Those mountains have much more to offer than only the famous Rainbow Mountain.