If you are about to plan your trip to Peru, one thing that should be on your list is hiking the rainbow mountain. The rainbow mountain is one of the top-rated tourists’ destinations in Peru and a hike here will be one to remember. Even if you don’t love hiking, you are most likely going to enjoy hiking the rainbow mountain. Before you plan your hike, there are some things you should know so that when you arrive everything is going to be swift and easy. Check out the things you should expect from a Rainbow Mountain tour.
Pick up and cost
The tours are don’t get to cost you much so you can expect to use around 100 soles for it which is around 30 US dollars. From Cusco, it should take you around 3 hours to get to the mountain. You can expect that you will not be alone in this hike as by 3 AM people are getting ready to start their hike so you might want to leave Cusco early before the roads are full of taxis taking other visitors to the mountain. Sometimes you may have to wait a little bit for your pick up so don’t panic if that happens. As long as you paid, your pick up will come.
The drive to Rainbow Mountain
If you are to leave in the morning as it supposed to be, you can expect that the roads are going to be very dark. If you are to use the buses that give the tour, you can expect that it will not be just you and your friends. The buses are boarded by people from different countries. So you can expect to make some new friends if you are social.
You might want to bring a travel pillow if you intend to catch some sleep in the early morning as you are all being taken to the mountain. You are likely going to be provided with breakfast when the sun comes up. In most cases, the breakfast is normally very delicious fully packed with fruits and vegetables. One thing that you should be very prepared is that it is going to be a bumpy ride so if you are the comfort kind of guy, am very sorry.
There are some toilet facilities just when you arrive. Not the best in the world but such a luxury when you are out hiking. If you are going to be using any tissue paper, you will have to come with your own because it is not offered.
Hiking up the Rainbow Mountain
The walk on the Rainbow Mountain will most probably take you the whole day as you will need to cover 14,000 feet. The good thing is that even if long, the walk is gorgeous and the place is greenly and not forgetting the local villages that are built from the startling red rock. You should be prepared that the altitude the mountain can be quite challenging and even if you are a frequent hiker this one is not what you are used to. It will be wise not to start your trek if you have not familiarized yourself with the elevation of the region.
During the n day, the sun can be very hot especially to those who are not used to higher temperatures so you might want to bring along your sunscreen, light clothes, and a pair of glasses. However, the temperature can go down drastically so be sure to bring a jacket or two.
If you don’t enjoy hiking that much, you can try horse riding which will cost you some 70 soles, I bet you will enjoy that.