BEST Schedule for this unique designed tour!
- Pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 4am in our private van and then we drive for 3 hours to the trailhead.
- The hike up takes about 1.5 hours along a trail that goes up a desert valley, with full view of glaciers.
- By 8:30am, We will arrive to the Rainbow Mountain, enjoy and take tons pictures of everything, then we return taking the same way.
- By 10:30am We drive back to Cusipata and then drive to Racchi and we explore this unique Inca city.
- Finally we drive to Puno for 4 hours.
- By 6pm, we should arrive to Puno and then we will drop you at your hotel.
***** We can offer you the Pacoyoc Mountain instead the Rainbow mt too.
*****A horse can be hired for the majority of the trek. However, the last 600m are too steep for horses and you will have to walk this last part.
We will pick you up from your hotel at 4am, and begin with our amazing Rainbow Mountain Trek Adventure. We set out on our drive for 3 hours through the South Valley; ending up at the trailhead at Llacto (4,638m / 15,216 ft). Along the way, there are amazing views of farming Inca terraces, traditional villages, valleys and high Andean peaks.
The herds of alpacas and llamas near your breakfast place will entertain you in the early morning. Once we reach the trailhead, we start on our hike following a lovely stream. As you start your hike, you will have views of the Ausangate Mountain and glaciers. You can interact with the local people, who are still keeping traditional Quechua culture alive. Learn about their traditional clothes and the significance of the different hats worn by the men. Ask your guide to teach you a few words of Quechua!
After a total hike of 1.5 hours, we finally reach our destination: the Rainbow Mountain (5,020m /16,466ft). After admiring the unique beauty, you will have time to explore the area. You can take pictures or just soak up the view. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top. Afterwards, there is an optional hike across to the top of the Red Valley. This walk takes about 45 minutes longer to get back to the trailhead.
At this point, we hike back down the way we came. The hike takes 1 hour.
We will embark on the 2-hour drive on the way to Raqchi, lets explore this unique and amazing Inca city.
Fanally we drive to Puno for 3 hours, arriving to our hotel by 6pm
**** We can offer your the Pacoyoc Mountain instead the Rainbow mt!
- Meals included: Lunch
- Difficulty: moderate to challenging
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Pick up from your hotel to the bus station
- English speaking guide
- Entrance ticket to sites
- Oxygen tank for emergencies
- Air conditioning
- GPS satellite tracking of transit
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Hotel in Puno
- Breakfast and dinner
- Transfer out to Juliaca airport
This unique and new designed day trip is available onany date that is best for you as long we have a minimum of 2 people.
- Price for 2 people: $240 per person.
- Price for 3 people: $197 per person.
- Price for 4 people: $187 per person
- Price for 5 or more people: $167
***This price includes the transfer from your hotel to the bus station in Cusco
***Note that this tour can be done from Puno to Cusco also.
WHY CHOOSE SAM TRAVEL?
SAM Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and a local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking. SAM Travel Peru is a 100% Cusqueñian Company without any shareholders.
Our dream as a locally based company is to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.
We take pride in our reputation as a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. Our staff are our extended family. We ensure they are supported financially by offering them a fair salary. We are proud of our team without them , we wouldn’t be able to offer the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.
SAM Travel Peru knows how important it is to trust in a reliable honest operator to create your adventure of a lifetime while in Peru. Check out our reviews and certificates of excellence on, TRIPADVISOR for yourself! Also we are highly recommended on Conde Nast Travelers, Lonely Planet and by many blogs like: Salkantay/Inka Trail ! July 14th to 20th 2016 Trek de Lares 4 hours, “It’s the journey, not the destination…”, Lares Pass – Day 3, Trekking in the Sacred Valley.
OUR SERVICE PROJECTS
SAM Travel Peru has always believed that we should give back to the local isolated communities. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many service projects and hire locally.
SAM Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support these people, not only employing them but go back to our grassroots as they share with their families. It makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR TOUR
Please read carefully the following information; it will help you answer all of your questions about our Bus to Puno from Cusco
The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6pm in our office, which is located at Calle Garcilaso 210, office 213 (second floor) in the La CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center.
HOW TO BOOK THE TOUR?
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase your Bus to Puno from Cusco without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of $53.00 USD per person in order to purchase a your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address email@example.com.
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Yes, but with some restrictions. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets has been bought. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable. If you cancel the bus to Puno from Cusco, the deposit is not refundable at all!
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.
WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE WITH YOU
• Good day pack
• Hat, gloves, scarf
• Sunscreen, sun glasses, hat
• Good camera
• Warm clothes as this place is very cold
• Good boots and sandals
• Flash light, very important
• Rain poncho if it is rainy season