Discover Peru's second biggest attraction, Rainbow Mountain, with its layers of multi-colored rock
Immerse yourself in the deep Andes, as you climb to the peak of this exceptional natural giant
Meet herds of friendly llamas and alpacas as you enjoy the gentle hike to the Rainbow Mountain summit
Gaze out across miles of Andes wilderness, as you soak up one of the most remote regions in Peru
Learn what gives the mountain its unique arcs, as you explore the rare landscape
If you are traveling to Cusco from anywhere outside of Peru, you will have to transit through Lima. Lima has direct connections with major cities in the USA and Canada through Delta, United, American, LATAM, Air Canada and with Europe through KLM, Air France, British Airways, Iberia and LATAM. From …
If you are traveling to Cusco from anywhere outside of Peru, you will have to transit through Lima. Lima has direct connections with major cities in the USA and Canada through Delta, United, American, LATAM, Air Canada and with Europe through KLM, Air France, British Airways, Iberia and LATAM. From other Latin American countries, LATAM and Avianca offer good connections. Cusco is very well connected with Lima by air with ~40 daily flights operated by LATAM and Sky Airlines Peru. The flight takes ~90 minutes and is typically priced at USD ~60.
An Airport Express bus (typical fare USD ~8 one way) connects Lima city centre with Jorge Chávez Airport in regular intervals, from 06:00 to 22:00 hours. Taxis cost USD ~15 one way. From Cusco airport to city centre, taxis are the best option (typical fare USD 3.5 - 5). We recommend established cab companies only. Lima to Cusco by bus is not a good option as it’s a long (~1100km), mountainous route and takes ~24 hours. From Arequippa you can take a bus to Cusco which typically takes 10.5 hours to cover ~512km and the fare is in the range of USD 15-30.
Rainbow Mountain is one of the most unique and beautiful natural attractions in Peru. Its colorful arcs are like no other on earth, and cannot truly be appreciated through photos. The hike to the top offers unforgettable views of the stunning Andes.
Altitude should be a serious consideration for anyone hoping to climb Rainbow Mountain. Many people fall victim to altitude sickness, due to lack of preparation and acclimatization. You should spend at least 48 hours in Cusco before making the trip, and ensure you are physically fit enough to handle the climb. If you need to use a horse, make sure it is in good physical condition, and doesn't show signs of neglect. Wear suitable footwear, especially if it rained recently. Summer is the best time to visit Rainbow Mountain, as wet weather spoils the view and makes the mud trail harder to navigate. Check the weather forecast before booking your tour.
At present Cusco is a safe city with limited or no criminal activities. Local population is generally friendly and police are cordial to deal with. It is however recommended that you keep your belongings safe. - Police: Tourist Police of Peru, known as DIRTUR (Directorate of Tourism and Ecology) is located in the Túpac Amaru square in the Wanchaq district of Cusco - Emergency Numbers: Emergency Central – 105, Fire Station – 116, Medical Emergencies – 117 - Hospitals (Attention for accidents and sickness, general practice intern and all emergencies) Antonio Lorena Hospital Address: Plazoleta Belén 1358. Emergency: Telephone: 22-6511. Telephones: 22-6511 / 22-9616 / 24-5218. Hospital Regional Del Cusco Address: Av. de la Cultura s/n. Emergency: Telephone: 22-3691 Telephones: 51-84-227661 / 23-1131 - Medical Clinics (for sickness, certain emergencies and accidents) Essalud Clinic - Add: Av. Anselmo Alvarez s/n, Ph: 51-84-234724 Clinic Centro Médico Pardo - Add: Av. de la Cultura 710, Ph: 62-4186 Clinic Cusco - Add: Av. Los Inkas 1012, Emergency: 65-0162 / 22-3190, Ph: 51-84-240645 Clinic Panamericana - Add: Av. de la Infancia 508 - Wanchaq, Emergency: 65-1888, Ph: 51-84-249494 Clinic Paredes - Add: Lechugal Street 405, Ph: 51-84-225265
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