5 tips to make the most out of your trip to Amazing Rainbow Mountains Peru

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5 tips to make the most out of your trip to the Amazing Rainbow Mountains in Peru
Thursday June 23, 2016 - Posted by to Adventure Travel

5 tips to make the most out of your trip to Amazing Rainbow Mountains Peru

Are you planning a trip to the beautiful and amazing Rainbow Mountains during your stay in Cusco? Great! We have some really useful tips for your trip!

Last weekend we did the beautiful day Rainbow Mountain Tour and we hiked all up to the now popular “rainbow mountains” or “Vinicunca”, what in Quechua means: Rainbow.

We certainly had a GREAT day and I will recommend this tour to everyone. But there were some things that we weren´t expecting……. Read our 5 tips to make the most out of your trip to the

Amazing Rainbow Mountains in Peru.


 

Five Important Tips for Visiting Rainbow Mountains

  • Make sure you have good trekking clothes

 

When you are doing a trek in Peru, it is very important that you have the right clothing. Because of the high altitude in this part of Peru, it can get cold, especially during the early morning and late afternoon. So it is important that your clothes are warm. But when walking, it gets hot really easily. So it is very important that you can take some clothes off so use layers!

And, remember to wear good trekking shoes. This is not just ‘a day walk’. I was wearing my tennis shoes, and they don’t have much traction. The path that you will be walking on can be slippery because of the rocks and sand. Therefore, it is very important to wear good shoes so you won’t fall off the mountain!

 

  • Make sure you are acclimatized to the altitude

 

I have been living in Cusco for four months now, but I was still struggling with the low level of oxygen during the trek. Of course, this is personal, some deal better with the altitude than others. I am from the Netherlands, so we are used to “below sea-level”…

However, it is important for everyone, to be acclimatized to the altitude. Arrive a couple of days before your trip to the Rainbow Mountain to Cusco. Unless you have already been in Puno of course.. …

5 tips to make the most out of your trip to the Amazing Rainbow Mountains in Peru

 

  • Consider renting a horse

 

When you really aren’t feeling too well because of walking or because of the altitude, don’t be ashamed to rent a horse.

Most of the tourists that did the Rainbow Mountain trek actually did. But my friend and I were really stubborn and we didn’t want to rent a horse at the beginning. We were actually quite fine walking, but after an hour or so of up, up, and more up, we were actually dying. I regret not taking a horse at the beginning of the trek, because I would have enjoyed the trek more! But at that point, there were no horses available anymore. So, my tip: if you are feeling like you will struggle with the altitude or you will just have a relaxed day and enjoy the scenery, don’t hesitate to take a horse! You can even share it with a friend, or walk next to the horse when you are feeling fine and jump on it when you are feeling bad again!

 

  • Take Paracetamol and – why not – some Coca leaves with you

 

Because of the high altitude, you can get symptoms of altitude sickness or soroche, such as headaches and nausea. Pain medication like paracetamol can help, so take some of them before and during the trek when you are feeling like you are getting sick. If this medicine doesn´t work, you can also try to chew on coca leaves, but be aware of the taste: I personally don’t like them a lot…

5 tips to make the most out of your trip to the Amazing Rainbow Mountains in Peru

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  • Walk at your own pace!

 

Even when everybody is passing you, just take it easy and walk on your own pace. The guide will not leave you alone and will keep an eye on you.

Because you are doing it for fun right? It a waste to get worn out and not have the chance to enjoy the beautiful trek and the gorgeous surroundings!

 

Practical Info:

  • Departure from Cusco: between 3.00 and 3.30 am
  • Four hours drive by mini van to the point of departure
  • The tour includes 2 meals, breakfast (right before the hike starts), and lunch
  • Back in Cusco between 7.30 / 8.30 p.m.
  • Not included 10 soles entrance to be paid to the local community of Chilca

 

Do you like to read more about the Rainbow Mountain Tour? To decide of this tour is for you, read: Rainbow Mountain: To Visit or Not to Visit?

(Thanks to Dieneke Temmerman)

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