The red valley does locate in Pitumarca, a new tourist site located in Cusco. You can find it very close to “Rainbow Mountain.” Many travelers visit it because of the characteristic color of its mountains. This place is very crowded even though it does locate at 5,020 meters above sea level (16,469 feet of altitude), but do not worry, you will not find many people on your trip, and you will take the best pictures.
If you visit “Rainbow Mountain,” it is possible to make a quick hike through the Red Valley. The Kondor Path Tours team will take you to this valley.
Many travelers know the most visited sites in Cusco, such as Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, or Rainbow Mountain. But there are more places to visit, and new natural attractions are attracting more and more the attention of travelers. They are the Red Valley and the Red River. Kondor Path Tours presents this natural tourist site, and we recommend you visit it when you visit Rainbow Mountain.
The Red Valley is the tourist site recently discovered in Cusco. From this natural attraction, you can see a chain of mountains of reddish color due to the abundance of minerals in the area. Up to 500 people visit it per day.
The easiest way to get there is to take a short walk to this beautiful reddish landscape if you do the Rainbow Mountain Tour. Both destinations are at the foot of the famous Ausangate snow-capped mountain, the highest in Cusco.
The red valley is located 7 kilometers from the district of Pitumarca, in the province of Canchis, south of Cusco. At the foot of the snowy Ausangate. Its altitude is 5,020 meters above sea level (16,469 feet high).
The Red Valley does locate at an altitude of 5,000 meters above sea level. The climate is harsh, even in well-defined seasons: Rainy and dry.
Although the best months to visit it are from April to early October, which is the dry season, and the other months (November to March), the climate in the area is quite changeable, and sometimes because the conditions are too complicated, your entry will be forbidden.
In the rainy season, the mountain can do covered with snow; this makes the views even more incredible of the Red Valley and Rainbow Mountain, so don’t be put off by the blogs that say you will only see snow and clouds.
the last part of the trek to the valley must do done by hike. It starts in the community of K’ayrawiri; from here, the walk is approximately 07 kilometers. On the route, you will be able to appreciate beautiful mountainous landscapes tinged with snow in some sections. You can share the road with llamas and alpacas, characteristic of the region. Finally, after 2 or 3 hours of walking, you will reach the Red Valley, a set of reddish mountain formations ideal for taking pictures.
In the Red Valley, with its beautiful landscapes during the days of the dry season (mainly May, June, and July,) you will be able to appreciate the white of the snow combined with the red of the mountains. During the rainy season (mainly January, February, and March), you will appreciate the ‘red river’ rising, which has a coloration similar to the mountain. The perfect destination to take pictures
The hike to the Red Valley is entirely safe. The paths are vast and can be easily traveled. The only thing that hinders the trip is the cold and the altitude; they can cause you some discomfort, such as altitude sickness.
The most common way to do this tour is to do it in a full day, with an approximate cost of $ 50 per person (group); private groups also have affordable prices “fee includes private van, hiking guide, entrance ticket, lunch.” Some tour companies have a visit to Rainbow Mountain.” Costs may vary depending on the travel company you choose.
Like any walk, it is advisable to acclimatize for at least one day in the city of Cusco so that the cold will become more tolerable, so you will also avoid altitude sickness. It is advisable to have been in the city of Cusco for at least three days and take advantage of other tourist visits.
If you like outdoor walks through high mountains, you should also dare to take the routes to the seven colors mountain (Vinicunca) and the Humantay lagoon. Both are two of the most incredible landscapes of Cusco. In addition, they include a 02 or 03-hour walk.