Chocolate Lake, Rainbow Mountain & Waqrapukara Trek – 3 Days

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  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Difficulty: 7/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: April - October
  • Tour type: Adventure, Off the beaten path
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Chocolate Lake, Rainbow Mountain & Waqrapukara Trek - 3 Days

Our 3-day trek across the Vilcanota mountain range’s remote high-altitude deserts and isolated settlements, known as the Chocolate Lake, Rainbow Mountain & Waqrapukara trek, will take you through these areas. Furthermore, the sacred Ausangate mountain, which is the highest in the area at 6,372 meters (20,905 feet), will be seen to you in all its grandeur.

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (3:30 am – 4:00 am).

Return Time:

Hotel Cusco (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

Chocolate Lake, Rainbow Mountain & Waqrapukara Trek – 3 Days highlights:

  • The Ausangate red lake aims to become the new fashion destination.
  • Discover the latest hidden gem of Cusco.
  • You will have the opportunity to appreciate the Ausangate mountain, the fifth highest mountain in Peru.
  • See the herds of alpacas.
  • Trek to the summit of Rainbow Mountain with a private guide
  • Instagram-worthy views of the colorful Rainbow Mountain
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Enjoy one of the most scenic strolls in your lifetime
  • Even though Rainbow Mountain is usually full of tourists, we start our adventure very early to be the first to arrive.
  • Visit the little-known ruins of Waqrapucara.
  • Glimpse life in traditional Andean rural communities.
  • Marvel at the stars free from light pollution.



A non-refundable deposit (varies depending on tour) is payable from the Client to Huaynas Expeditions when reserving any Product. If the reservation is made 7 days or fewer before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. Depending on the original booking method, the client should send the non-refundable deposit to Huaynas Expeditions or the authorized Agent through whom they made their reservation.

Tour Briefing

A pre-tour briefing is given to you, ideally two days before the start of the trek. This is comprehensive information on the tour schedule, required gear, altitude, weather, etc. Questions and concerns will be clarified so that you fully comprehend the tour schedule.


It is strongly suggested to be progressively acclimatized; thus, you should arrive in Cusco 2 days previous to trek departure. Altitude sickness causes you a headache, stomache, hands tingling, etc. There is certain medicine you may take to avoid altitude sickness, for instance acetazalomide; moreover, it is helpful to have coca tea; and hot liquids to not become dehydrated. You must descend as the ultimate emergency if you develop serious altitude sickness.

Pick Up of Guests

If your hotel is located in the Historical Center of Cusco, Huaynas Expeditions will pick you up there. Although your guide will schedule the pickup time during the briefing, please be aware that the pickup time could change by up to 20 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an ancient city, and there are lots of winding cobblestone streets there. It may be challenging to move luggage to some hotels and Airbnbs because they are situated on car-free streets or long, including inclines. Booking lodging with adequate access is something we strongly advise.

Duffel Bag or Canvas Case

You’ll be given a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will transport them, and the horsemen will hand them to you as you arrive at each camp. They are 60 x 24 x 22 centimetres (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).

Each duffel bag can only contain a maximum of 7 kilogrammes (15.4 lb), which includes the weight of your clothing, sleeping bag, and other personal belongings.

Strikes and Demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are frequent in Peru, which may stop some of our tours. Roads can be stopped, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will attempt to keep your vacation as initially planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these conditions, trips may potentially be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, our operations department will manage everything with you. Your safety is our priority, and our decisions will be taken to protect it.

Group Tours

Because group trips are made up of various persons, physical states and ages may differ. You acknowledge that some persons may be faster or slower than you if you choose to participate in a group trip. As a result, everyone on the road may proceed at their own speed.

It is conceivable that a group may want to change the itinerary; however, after discussing with all participants, the guide will determine if such changes are allowed.

Travel Insurance

We highly advise you to buy comprehensive travel insurance before departing. A comprehensive travel insurance coverage that covers everything from high-altitude treks to unforeseen trip adjustments is a must-have travel gear. Please remember that your standard medical insurance plan will not cover some possibilities in your own country. We suggest searching for a plan that covers the following coverage:

  • Adventure trips and any specific activity you will be undertaking on your journey (such as a high-altitude trek).
  • Recovery of your non-refundable booking deposit in the event of trip cancellation due to illness or accidental injury.
  • National or international emergency evacuation.
  • Patriation of remains in the event of death.
  • Other medical expenses related to injury, illness or death.

While we try to be understanding when situations arise, the fact is that Trip Changes and Trip Cancellation incur penalties.


To book the below things in your name, we require a photo of your passport’s bio page (Peruvian Government Requirement). Please keep in mind that each traveler must be aware of the re-entry laws for their place of residence/citizenship. Some nations require a passport valid for 6 months beyond the travel date. Please confirm that your passport is current and meets your country’s and residency standards. We can purchase your flights with an expired passport, but we will require a copy of the current passport as soon as you receive it in order to update your tickets.


Most countries are permitted to obtain a visa at the point of arrival. Only a few nations require visas to be obtained in advance. Please remember that each tourist is responsible for determining whether or not a visa is required before admission. Please remember that tourist visas are usually valid for 90 days or less and require proof of return travel.

Lost Objects

Please be aware of where you leave your belongings, and remember to take everything with you once you leave our transportation, tents, or restaurants. You are solely responsible for your items throughout the trip.


Ethical, Sustainable, Eco-friendly

Our objective is to provide great treks, tours, and adventure experiences while adhering to environmental, sustainable, ethical, and socially conscious travel practices. We make every effort throughout our excursions to avoid negative affects and enhance benefits to the local people and natural ecosystems we visit. We pay fair, livable rates to ensure that we employ and retain the best guides and support workers. We follow worldwide sustainable tourism criteria and have continuous community projects and charity activities that benefit four or more local Andean villages.


We take pleasure in offering five-star service before, during, and after your vacation. Huaynas Expeditions is committed to providing exceptional customer service and adventure experiences.


When walking over tough mountain terrain at high altitudes in unpredictable weather, it is critical to have the best equipment possible. We supply Mountain Hardwear 4-season tents (3 seasons for Inca Trail because of warmer weather), extra thick mattress mats, dry bags for your overnight gear, and other amenities to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.


Any hike or tour can be tailored to your travel, fitness, financial, and time constraints. Do you need a journey or tour for a business or work event, a charity organization, or any significant occasion? Get in touch; we can handle everything!

Leave No Trace

As it should be, our journeys leave nothing but smiles and footprints.

Reduce Reuse Recycle

We care about the environment, which is why we reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our equipment is reusable (no paper or plastic plates/cups/utensils), we buy locally and avoid paper/plastic packaging, and we recycle anything we can. This is not the norm in Peru, but we intend to make it so one day soon!


All of our staff are enthusiastic about their jobs. Who wouldn’t want to work in an office surrounded by gorgeous mountains and endless vistas? We are happy to provide our guides and employees with the highest rates in the industry.


Day 1: Day 1: Cusco – Huchuy Phynaya – Chocolate Lake - Hanchipacha.

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at the scheduled time, and we drive you for about 3.5 hours to the community of Huchuy Phynaya, where our cook will make a filling breakfast before you begin the hike. The hike is uphill for about two hours, and along the way, we will see some herds of llamas and alpacas nearby as well as some lovely scenery. Unquestionably stunning panoramic views will surround Ausangate Chocolate Lake, giving us the impression that we are in another country.

Upon arrival, we will have beautiful pics of this lake and free time to explore around; our tour leader will continuously explain the importance of the mountains and the reason for the red color of the lake, which will be interesting to learn.

After that we descend to the beginning of our climb, where our cook will be waiting for us with a delicious lunch, we will then travel for 40 minutes to the community of Hanchipacha, where our staff will set up your tents, and in the evening we will enjoy our tea time and dinner. We’ll have a clear glimpse of the Milky Way at night thanks to the sky.

Accommodation: Tent (4-season tent, 4 people made a tent for 2 people, allowing greater comfort).
Maximum Altitude: 4.780 m.
Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch, Tea, and Dinner.
Distance of walking: 06 Km / 3.72 miles.
Highlights: Ausangate Mountain, Chocolate Lake, Vino Cocha.

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Chocolate Lake

Day 2: Hanchipacha - Rainbow Mountain - Pomacanchi Lake.

A wonderful day is in store for us; we will be the first ones at Rainbow Mountain since it is only a 30-minute drive from Hanchipacha to the beginning of our hike. After a filling breakfast, we head to Qayrahuiri, where we begin the trek to Rainbow Mountain. The path is gently uphill for an hour, and once we arrive, we will have enough time to appreciate this special location and take the most stunning pictures without any other tourists around.

Next, we hike for 30 minutes to the Red Valley of Rainbow Mountain. This breathtaking Red Valley is a chain of streams and mountains that exhibit a distinctive natural reddish pigment because of the abundance of minerals, and that displays this breathtaking landscape that was already thought to be one of the potential attractions of the Cusco region.

When we’ve finished our tour of the Vinicunca Rainbow mountain, we’ll head back to where we started, where our chef will be waiting with a delectable buffet meal. The Pomacanchi Lagoon will be our next stop. The first lagoon we will see on this trip is Pomacanchi, therefore we will place our tent there.

There are trout, pejerreyes, huitas, ccarachis, and ch’iñis in the Pomacanchi lagoon, which has a maximum depth of 140 meters. We will have the day free to explore this lagoon; that evening, we will eat a delicious dinner and spend the night in our tents close to the Pomacanchi lagoon.

Accommodation: Tent (4-season tent, 4 people made a tent for 2 people, allowing greater comfort).
Maximum Altitude: 5.038 m / 16,528 ft.
Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch, Tea, and Dinner.
Distance of walking: 04 Km / 2.48 miles.
Highlights: Rainbow mountain, beat the crowds, the Red Valley, Pomacanchi Lake.

Rainbow Mountain Peru
Rainbow Mountain Peru

Day 3: Pomacanchi Lake - Waqrapukara - Huayqui - Cusco.

Today we will climb to the Waqrapukara incan site; after breakfast at around 6 am, we continue in our mobility for another 30 minutes via a winding gravel road to the location known as Punta Carretera. Before moving on to Waqrapukara, we will stop here for about 10 minutes to complete our last preparations. For the first two hours of our walk, we will begin on a flat, slightly curved road with minor ascents and descents. We will also travel through stunning scenery, including high Andean lakes (Cochas).

We will descend from the summit after we get to the Waqrapukara vantage point. We shall halt so that we can snap the initial photos of the Waqrapukara Archaeological Complex. After that, we will keep descending for around 40 minutes until we arrive at the same ceremonial center. As we get closer, we’ll see enormous rock formations that add depth to the Apurimac River Valley.

We will spend an hour and a half touring Waqrapukara’s ceremonial hub. We will continue our 2-hour descent to Huayqui Community, where the views are breathtaking, after taking in the incredible splendor and taking some photos. Along the trip, in addition to these stunning views, we will see some fascinating ancient rock art. Some of these cave paintings are in remarkably good condition for their age.

After returning to Pomacanchi Lake in our transport, our outstanding cook will be waiting for us with lunch, then we’ll drive to Cusco and check into your hotel there at 6:00 p.m.

Maximum Altitude: 4,250 m / 13,943 ft.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Distance of walking: 12 Km / 7,45miles.
Highlights: Pomacanchi Lake, Waqrapukara.

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Waqrapukara Peru

Note on Itinerary: Please keep in mind that itinerary changes are possible for various reasons (safety, weather, natural phenomena, strikes, etc.). For example, if the weather is extremely bad, the trail may be unsafe, and we may be forced to cancel or change the schedule, or we may be able to substitute another trek/tour instead, depending on the conditions. And we will make it an unforgettable experience!


Price Includes for Chocolate Lake, Rainbow Mountain & Waqrapukara Trek - 3 Days:

  • Pre-trek briefing (briefing at the hotel or Office).
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of departure.
  • Roundtrip private transportation.
  • English / Quechua / Spanish professional guide speak.
  • Second Tour Guide over 12 people.
  • 1 duffle bag per person to pack your 7 kilos of stuff
  • Local food service (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 Dinners, snacks).
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Entrance fee to Chocolate Lake, Rainbow Mountain, and Waqrapukara.
  • Master Chef.
  • Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables.
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4-person tent, which allows for greater comfort and storage of backpacks.
  • Thermarest air-inflate Comfortable sleeping Mattress.
  • Portable environmental Biodegradable toilet.
  • Camping spot fees.

Price Excludes for Chocolate Lake, Rainbow Mountain & Waqrapukara Trek - 3 Days:

  • Extra expenses.
  • Dinner – Day 3.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please).
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us for US$ 15 for the entire trip).
  • Walking sticks (it can be rented from us for US$ 10 for the entire trip).

Items to bring for Chocolate Lake, Rainbow Mountain & Waqrapukara Trek - 3 Days:

  • A travel insurance card is essential.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased for about $ 2 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear waterproof trekking boots are recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Warm clothes include jackets, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and knit / tour beanies. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Camera, films, and batteries.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from sun, rain, and cold.
  • Sunblock.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike.

Would you like Chocolate Lake, Rainbow Mountain & Waqrapukara Trek - 3 Days in a private service?

We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.

Our Chocolate Lake, Rainbow Mountain & Waqrapukara Trek – 3 Days private service includes additional items such as:

Additional Inclusions:

  • Extra emergency horse to ride.
  • North Face 4-season tents.
  • Sleeping bag / Silk Liner included.
  • 02 Waking Poles per person.
  • 1 Duffel Bag to carry all your sleeping bags, self-inflating pad as well as clothes.
  • Private round trip transportation.
  • Tour Guide to explore Red lake, Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley all day. And of course, we pay a little more to our Staff and Guide.


Our prices for the Chocolate Lake, Rainbow Mountain & Waqrapukara Trek – 3 Days are reasonable and are in different packages with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco, and discounts will apply automatically for groups of over 5 people when booking this tour together at the same time.
We are a local tour operator that never shares service with any other company in Cusco, most agencies in Cusco share their service to save operating costs with poor quality. We guarantee to make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Our booking process is simple and you can secure your trip with only a 30% deposit and pay the rest at the destination.

Large Group Service WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)
Adult: USD 540
Student: Not available
Child: USD 520
Infant: Free

Small Group Service WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)
Adult: USD 560
Student: Not available
Child: USD 540
Infant: Free

Private Group Service WITH Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: Upon Request)
Adult: USD 660
Student: Not available
Child: USD 640
Infant: Free

Private Group Service WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: Upon Request)
Adult: USD 580
Student: Not available
Child: USD 560
Infant: Free

Solo Traveller WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: SOLO)
Adult: USD 1040
Student: Not available
Child: Not available
Infant: Not available

Solo Traveller WITH Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: SOLO)
Adult: USD 1280
Student: Not available
Child: Not available
Infant: Not available

Our Fees:

  • Adult (12+ Years): Over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Younger than 25 years old with valid Student Card.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years):  Between 3 years old and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Younger than 2 years old. (The infant can only ride on the adult’s lap. If you want them to ride in a seat, add them as a child).

*Remember that age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.



We want your vacation to Peru to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. This section contains answers to any inquiries regarding going with Huaynas Expeditions. Please read the following information; it will assist you if you have any queries regarding our services.

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When do we Pay the balance?

You’ll pay your remaining balance once you arrive in Cusco and in cash in US dollars or soles (Peruvian currency) to the change of the day. If you prefer payment through PayPal, you’ll be charged an additional 6% due to bank commissions. It is better to pay us with cash because there is no transaction fee.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the tour with us, your main luggage can be stored in our office or at your hotel. Both of them are free.

Can I change departure date after the Confirmation of the tour?

Yes, it is possible. But you should let us know 7 days in advance.

Do I need to bring my original passport?

It is not mandatory to bring your Passport.

How far in advance should I book the tour?

At least 7 days in advance.

Is there student discount for this tour?

Unfortunately, there is no student discount.


Tipping is not required, but it is appreciated if you are satisfied with the services. Even though it might not be familiar in your country, the people who will look after you during the tour place a lot of importance on it. Many Huaynas Expeditions’ destinations encourage top-notch service and are a foundational aspect of the travel and tourism sector. It’s up to you how much to tip based on how well you thought out the tour and how long it lasted. Remember that leaving a tip is optional and should only be done if you receive first-class service.

Is Huaynas Expeditions sustainable?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions is a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator; for that, we incorporate the 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 staff to know, understand and appreciate the local places and their people.

What is the Tour Guide like?

Our guides make us so happy! Their English is excellent, and they are extremely professional. They have a great deal of knowledge and love for the history and heritage of the Incas. Constant professional and personal growth is a priority for our tour guides. They conduct research to make sure that the Inca and Andean cultural theories you are given are accurate and widely accepted. Our team members are smart, athletic, and fun-loving. All of them have academic backgrounds in archaeology, tourism, botany, history, or anthropology.

How many days do I need to be acclimated before starting the trek?

You should have at least 48 hours or more in Cusco. It’s recommended to enjoy these days in the city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley.

What if I suffer from altitude sickness?

Our tour guide is professional; he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank; we always provide an oxygen tank for this tour.

What is the altitude of Chocolate lake?

The Chocolate lake of Ausangate is located over 4780 m.a.s.l

When is the best time to go to the Chocolate lake?

Best season: Dry season (May to October)

Is there a horse rental?

If you have trouble walking on this trek, we recommend renting a horse (there are horses at the starting point). However, horses will only take you to the uphill section, not downhills, since there is a risk of falling off the horse.


When making plans for a long-awaited dream journey, choosing the right travel agency or tour operator is the most crucial option you will make. Initially, some businesses might appear more affordable. But if you dig a bit further, you’ll discover why booking with Huaynas Expeditions ensures that your trip will be as remarkable as it can be.


All our Tours & Treks are provided only by Huaynas Expeditions staff and professional guides. That means Huaynas Expeditions will never pass you on to another company or 3rd Party.


Our staff comprises tourism industry veterans eager to share their expertise and serve the passenger. They are prepared to show you the best of Cusco and Peru with their extensive knowledge.


We are a travel agency committed to providing the best tourism services and are eager to help you explore the numerous natural and archaeological treasures found in every region of the nation.


Find excursions and activities that astonish you, then reserve them. You’ll be overjoyed when the tour is over and eager to tell your friends about your fantastic trip to Peru. Choose us for your ideal vacation.

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