2-Day Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain: A Mini Expedition

Get the best of both worlds: The calm of Chocolate Lake and the colors of Rainbow Mountain.

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Cusco, Peru


2 Days




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Discover the 2-Day Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain Adventure, where the serene beauty of hidden natural treasures meets the vibrant spectacle of Peru’s renowned landscapes. This carefully curated expedition is perfect for both nature enthusiasts and cultural explorers, guiding you through the peaceful Chocolate Lake and the strikingly colorful Rainbow Mountain. Each stop on this journey reveals a landscape rich in breathtaking views and deep-rooted Andean culture, promising an adventure that’s as unforgettable as it is diverse.

More than just a sightseeing trip, this adventure offers up-close encounters with the majestic Ausangate Mountain and the mystical Red Valley. The evenings unfold under a star-filled sky, showcasing the celestial beauty of the Andes, while the warm hospitality of local communities offers a genuine taste of the region’s cultural richness. This two-day tour is a journey into the heart of the Peruvian highlands, a voyage that unveils the stories and splendors of nature and tradition.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 3:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Chocolate Lake, Rainbow Mountain, Red Valley, Ausangate Mountain, Andean wildlife, Stargazing opportunities
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 03:30
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 03:30
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:30
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:30
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 03:30
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 03:30

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your excursion begins with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco. A scenic 3.5-hour drive brings you to the quaint community of Huchuy Phynaya, where a nourishing breakfast, prepared by our skilled cook, sets the tone for the day ahead. As you embark on the trail, the first two hours of uphill hiking are rewarded with encounters of llama and alpaca herds against a backdrop of stunning landscapes.

The highlight of the day is the breathtaking Chocolate Lake. Upon arrival, you're greeted with panoramic views that seem to transport you to another world. The lake, renowned for its unique cocoa-colored hue, presents a perfect opportunity for photography and exploration. Our knowledgeable guide will unravel the mysteries behind the mountain's significance and the lake's distinctive color.

Post exploration, a descent to the trailhead awaits where a sumptuous lunch is served. The day's journey then leads to the Hanchipacha community, a 40-minute drive away. Here, your tents are set up for a comfortable night's stay. As evening falls, enjoy a relaxing tea time followed by dinner under the stars, with the Milky Way painting the night sky.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 9 km

The day promises an extraordinary start as you are among the first to arrive at Rainbow Mountain, following a brief 30-minute drive from Hanchipacha. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, the journey to Qayrahuiri marks the beginning of your trek to this renowned destination. The trail, ascending gently for about an hour, leads you to the vibrant landscapes of Rainbow Mountain.

Here, ample time is provided to soak in the surreal beauty of the area and capture stunning photographs, free from the distractions of crowds. The journey then continues for another 30 minutes to the Red Valley of Rainbow Mountain. This remarkable region, adorned with a natural reddish hue due to its rich mineral content, presents a breathtaking landscape that has rapidly become a highlight of the Cusco region.

Concluding the visit to the Red Valley, you'll hike back to Qayrahuiri, where transportation awaits to take you to your lunch spot. The journey then winds down with a relaxing 3.5-hour drive, returning you to your hotel in Cusco, marking the end of this unforgettable adventure.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 5 km

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Tour Highlights

  • Chocolate Lake: Discover the unique beauty of Chocolate Lake, known for its stunning cocoa-colored waters. This serene and picturesque lake offers a perfect backdrop for photography and a moment of tranquility in nature.

  • Ausangate Mountain: Witness the majestic Ausangate Mountain, one of the most sacred mountains in the Andean cosmology. Its presence adds a mystical touch to the trek, offering awe-inspiring views and a deep connection with the Andean culture.

  • Rainbow Mountain: Experience the vibrant colors of Rainbow Mountain, a natural wonder that has rapidly become one of the most iconic sights in the Cusco region. Its multicolored hues, created by mineral deposits, make it a breathtaking sight to behold.

  • Early Access to Rainbow Mountain: Enjoy the privilege of being among the first visitors to Rainbow Mountain, ensuring a peaceful and crowd-free experience. This early access allows for uninterrupted views and a more intimate connection with this natural marvel.

  • The Red Valley: Explore the stunning Red Valley, adjacent to Rainbow Mountain. This lesser-known gem is characterized by its striking red soil and offers a unique landscape that complements the colorful Rainbow Mountain.

  • Stargazing Opportunities: The clear night skies at the Hanchipacha community provide an excellent opportunity for stargazing. Witness the dazzling Milky Way and connect with the celestial wonders of the Southern Hemisphere.


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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 2-Day Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain Adventure. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 2-Day Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain Adventure, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Packing Tips

To ensure a comfortable and successful trek to Chocolate Lake and Rainbow Mountain, it’s important to pack smart. Here are some essential tips to guide you:

  • Duffel Bag Collection: You will receive the duffel bag during the briefing session with the guide, one day before the tour starts. Use this bag to pack items that you won’t require during the trek.

  • Daypack Essentials: Keep only the essentials in your daypack for the trek, ensuring easy access to items like water, snacks, and sunscreen.

  • Layering is Key: With varying mountain temperatures, dressing in layers allows for easy adjustments based on the conditions.

  • Eco-friendly Choices: Opt for biodegradable toiletries to show respect for the environment.

  • Footwear Comfort: If you have new hiking boots, break them in before the trek to ensure maximum comfort and to prevent blisters.

  • Secure Valuables: Use a money belt or hidden pouch for vital items. Also, consider creating digital backups of essential documents.

  • Personal Comfort: Within the duffel bag’s weight limit, include personal items that will make your homestay experience more enjoyable.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What fitness level is required for the 2-Day Chocolate Lake & Rainbow Mountain Adventure?

This trek is considered moderate to challenging, so a good level of fitness is recommended. The hike involves uphill walking at high altitude, so prior acclimatization is advisable.

Do I need to bring my own trekking poles and sleeping bag?

Trekking poles and sleeping bags are not included in the standard package but are available for rent. They are included in the Deluxe package.

Is there a pre-departure briefing before the trek?

Yes, there will be a pre-departure briefing at your hotel or office 1 or 2 days before the trek to go over the itinerary and answer any last-minute questions.

What kind of weather should I expect during the trek?

The weather in the Andes can be unpredictable. Expect cooler temperatures, especially at higher altitudes, and prepare for the possibility of rain. Layered clothing is recommended.

How safe is the trek, and what safety measures are in place?

Safety is our top priority. The trek is led by experienced guides, and we provide a first aid kit and emergency oxygen. Our team is trained to handle high-altitude sickness and other medical emergencies.

Is travel insurance required for this trek?

While not mandatory, we strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking, medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and baggage loss.

How much should I tip the guides and support staff?

Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion. While tipping is customary, it is not mandatory and should be based on the quality of service received.

What is the maximum altitude we will reach, and is altitude sickness a concern?

The maximum altitude reached will be 5,038 meters (16,528 feet). Altitude sickness can be a concern, so it’s important to acclimatize before the trek and stay hydrated. An emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit are available for safety.

Can I book this trek last minute?

Booking in advance is highly recommended due to limited availability, especially during peak trekking seasons. However, last-minute bookings may be possible based on availability.

Can I store my luggage somewhere during the trek?

Yes, you can store your non-essential luggage at your hotel in Cusco or with us. Only bring necessary items on the trek.

What is the best time of year to do this trek?

The best time for this trek is during the dry season, from April to October, when the weather is generally clearer and there’s less chance of rain.

How environmentally friendly is the trek?

We are committed to eco-friendly trekking practices. This includes using biodegradable products, minimizing waste, and ensuring that our treks do not harm the local environment.

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