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Chocolate Lake Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 2 Days is another new alternative hike in Cusco; the Red Lake or Chocolate Lake is one of the most amazing natural formations in Cusco, it stands out for its reddish coloration caused by the proliferation of clay and the algae that inhabit its waters, depending on the time of year and the position of the sun, the waters of the lagoon can vary to a shade similar to chocolate, that is why it is also known as the chocolate lagoon.
The towns surrounding these routes are scattered since the families are dedicated to raising camelids and ancient agriculture. They show empathy with the visitor. Although it is true that some natural attractions, and particularly the red lake, have not yet been subjected to mass tourism, but they promise to be soon.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (3:30am – 4:00am).
Chocolate Lake Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 2 Days highlights:
We recommend you be in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek to be acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude so that you won’t have a problem during the tour.
Peru Tripper is a direct local tour operator in Cusco – Peru; we never share our tours with other companies as most of them do to minimize operating costs. We don’t work with intermediaries or have hidden prices; we have the best local guides and professionals. We guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of local Peruvians, due to the simple reason we are a local business!
At the agreed time, we come and pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, to then drive for about 3.5 hours to the Comunity of Huchuy Phynaya, where our cook will prepare a nutritious breakfast to start with the hike, the path is uphill for 2 hours and on the trail, we will see some herd of llamas and alpacas close to us, and pretty scenic views. The pretty panoramic views around the Ausangate Red Lake will be undeniably beautiful, making us feel in a different world.
After we descend to the starting point of our hike, where our cook will be waiting for us with the delicious lunch, subsequently we will drive to the community of Hanchipacha for 40 min, where our team will set up your tents, in the evening we will enjoy our tea time and dinner. The sky will treat us with a clear view to shoot amazing Milky Way photos at night.
Accommodation: Tent (4 season tent).
Maximum Altitude: 4.780 m.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea and Dinner.
Distance of walking: 06 Km / 3.72 miles.
Highlights: Ausangate Mountain, Red Lake, Vino Cocha.
A great day awaits us; we will be the first ones at the rainbow mountain since it is just 30 min driving from Hanchipacha to the starting point of our hike; after our nutritious breakfast, we drive to Qayrahuiri, where we start the hike to Rainbow Mountain, the path is gently uphill for 1 hour, Upon our arrival, we will take enough time to savor this unique place and take the most beautiful pictures with no people.
Next, we visit the Red valley of Rainbow Mountain, for that, we will make the last effort hiking up for 30 minutes from the rainbow mountain, this spectacular Red Valley is a chain of streams and mountains that show a unique natural reddish pigment due to the abundance of mineral, and that shows this stunning landscape that was already considered one of the potential attractions of the Cusco region.
After we are done with the red valley, we will hike down to Qayrahuiri, where our transport will be waiting for us to take us to the lunch spot, and subsequently, we will drive back to your hotel in Cusco for about 3 hours and 30 minutes. End of our adventure.
Maximum Altitude: 5.038 m / 16,528 ft.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner.
Distance of walking: 04 Km / 2.48 miles.
Highlights: Rainbow mountain, beat the crowds, the Red Valley.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
Our Chocolate Lake Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 2 Days private service, includes additional items such as:
We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.
We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.
We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
What if I suffer from altitude sickness?
Our tour guide is professional, he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank, we always provide an oxygen tank for this kind of tour.
what is the altitude of the Chocolate lake?
The Chocolate lake of Ausangate is located over 4780 m.a.s.l
When is the best time to go to the Chocolate lake?
Best season: Dry season (May to October)
Is there a horse rental?
If you have trouble walking on this trek, we recommend you rent a horse (there are horses at the starting point), However, horses will only take you to the uphill section not on downhills since there is a risk to fall off from the horse.