The only problem about this tour was that they confused something with our pick-up time. And we were picked up ONE HOUR later than it was appointed!
You know, we could have had 1 hour of extra sleep instead.
But nevertheless, everything else was great!
On the evening before our tour, we went for a shaman blessing. It was included in the price of the tour. It was an interesting ritual, we were excited to meet the shaman!
On the next day our tour started with a drive to the mountains. On our way we had a small breakfast included in the tour
Still, I would recommend to take some food with you, because the breakfast was quite light.
There are 2 options to get to the top of Vinicunca mountain: on foot or by horse. We took horses - our guide arranged everything for us, because the local horsemen did not speak English.
Our guide was super helpful and friendly. The horsemen were helpful as well. They were accompanying us the whole way up and down.
Note, that the hike up is quite difficult, so be prepared for a work out.
But on your way up you will enjoy great views! A true reunion with nature!
As per the weather, we had some bad luck and there was some snow on the mountain and it was very cold there. But nevertheless the view was good!
The way down was much easier than the way up.
On the way back we stopped for a lunch. It was also included in the tour. The lunch was great! Plenty of food and very delicious.
I will remember this day for the rest of my life! I conquered the summit of 5100 metres above the sea level! Unbelievable!
Well organized, this tour was the easiest way to find a beautiful place on Peruvian land. We couldt have the briefing the day before that included an Andean Blessing, because we arrived late in the evening. It was meant to be an interesting part of our experience, and we felt a little disapointed we had to miss it. As for the briefing, along the way to the Rainbow Mountain, our guide Renato from local agency Travel and Healing explained us everything we need to know, including information about the local culture and some safety precautions. Then we had breakfast at a local country house, with a friendly lady that cooked us good food - the same place we had lunch later, in our way back to Cusco.
We loved all the experiences, from the local food to the horse ride, in the midle of a beautiful landscape, with the altitude has the extra challenge. Luckly we had the horses, even if sometimes we needed to get down - to let the animal rest, and then when we arrived at the end of the horse trail the last part of the way was too steep. It really was a challenge, because we had almost no acclimatation, so we climbed slowly, with Renato always watching us, always encouraging. And we felt very good when we reached the top, where we faced all the majesty and solitude of that magic place! It was a happy day, color contrasts everywhere, and I came down the mountain smiling and wishing that day would never end.