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Chocolate Lake Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 2 Days

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  • Large Group Service(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)Start Time: 03:30
  • Small Group Service(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)Start Time: 03:30
  • Private/Closed Group Service(Group Size: Upon Request)Start Time: 03:30

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  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Difficulty: 7/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Year Round
  • Tour type: Adventure, Off the beaten path

Chocolate Lake Trek to Rainbow Mountain - 2 Days

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:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (3:30am – 4:00am).

Chocolate Lake Trek to Rainbow Mountain – 2 Days highlights:

  • The Ausangate red lake aims to become the new fashion destination.
  • Discover the latest hidden gem of Cusco.
  • You will have the opportunity to appreciate the Ausangate mountain, the fifth highest mountain in Peru.
  • See the herds of alpacas.
  • Enjoy the Rainbow Mountain before the crowds.

Acclimatization:
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.

About us:
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!

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Huchuy Phynaya – Chocolate Lake - Hanchipacha.

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.

Day 2: Hanchipacha - Rainbow Mountain - Cusco.

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.

Inclusions

Price Includes for Chocolate Lake Trek to Rainbow Mountain - 2 Days:

  • Pre trek briefing (briefing at the hotel or Office).
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of departure.
  • Roundtrip private transportation.
  • English / Quechua / Spanish professional guide speak.
  • Second Tour Guide over 12 people.
  • Local food service (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 Dinner, snacks).
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Entrance fee to Ausangate Red Lake & Rainbow Mountain.
  • Master Chef.
  • Horseman and Horses. To carry our camping equipment, food and 8 kilos of your personal stuff like sleeping bag and mat as well as clothes. We Never overload our Horses (well Animal Welfare).
  • Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables.
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent, which allows for greater comfort and storage of backpacks.
  • Thermarest air-inflate Comfortable sleeping Mattress.
  • Portable environmental Biodegradable toilet.
  • Camping spots fees.

Price Excludes for Chocolate Lake Trek to Rainbow Mountain - 2 Days:

  • Extra expenses.
  • Dinner – Day 2.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please).
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us for US$ 15 for the entire trip).
  • Walking sticks (it can be rented from us for US$ 10 for the entire trip).

Items to bring for Chocolate Lake Trek to Rainbow Mountain - 2 Days:

  • A travel insurance card is essential.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased for about $ 2 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear waterproof trekking boots are recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Warm clothes include jackets, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and knit / tour beanies. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Camera, films, and batteries.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from sun, rain, and cold.
  • Sunblock.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike.

Would you like Chocolate Lake Trek to Rainbow Mountain - 2 Days in a private service?

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:

  • Extra Horse to ride.
  • North Face 4 season tents.
  • Sleeping bag / Silk Liner included.
  • 02 Waking Poles per person.
  • 1 Duffel Bag to carry all your sleeping bags, self-inflating pad as well as clothes.
  • Private round trip transportation.
  • Tour Guide to explore Red lake, Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley all day. And of course, we pay a little more to our Staff and Guide.

Prices

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.

LARGE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)

USD
340
Per Person

SMALL GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)

USD
370
Per Person

PRIVATE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: Upon Request)

USD
480
Per Person

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FAQs

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.

Why Peru Tripper
  • High quality services
  • Best price guarantee!
  • Local 100% Peruvian Tour operator (Based in Cusco).
  • We never pass you to another operator.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
  • TripAdvisor recommended!
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