An interesting Tour along the Red Valley in Pitumarca
“Cusco, the Incas city” is a wonderful department filled with interesting history and fascinating culture. It has wonderful tourist attraction sites that can give you a hard time picking just one to visit. From the long list of the tourist attraction sites in Cusco, we have the Rainbow Mountain and closer to it the fantastic Red Valley. Would you like to know more about it? If so, join us on this intriguing tour!
The tourist attractions of the Red Valley are located in the district of Pitumarca, province of Canchis, in the Cusco region.
Red Valley is situated at the foothill of the Ausangate snow-capped peak. It has an altitude of more than 5 200 m.a.s.l
Red Valley has two distinct seasons:
The rainy season: From November to April
During this time Cusco and the Red Valley receive a greater amount of rainfall.
The dry season: From May to October
The weather during this period is predominantly dry especially in June, July and August. Days are bright and sunny with a clear blue sky.
Tourist site, Red Valley, is available all year long. However, the best season to visit the Red Valley is during the dry season, from April to October. During the dry season, days are sunny and bright with a beautiful clear blue sky. Also you will be able to enjoy important festivities in Cusco such as: Inty Raymi, Sir Qoyllorit’i pilgrimage, Jubilee Month of Festivities in Cusco, Virgen del Carmen in Paucartambo Festivity, Fiesta de la Virgen Asunta, among other festivities, ceremonies and traditions.
The Red Valley is very close to the Rainbow Mountain in the district of Pitumarca, Canchis. Knowing this means that you can hike the Rainbow Mountain and at the same time visit the Red Valley and get involved with the reddish beauty.
Now, if you wonder why it has a red color, we give the answer. The Red Valley has an incredible red color due to the iron-rich soil that covers almost the whole area.
Although the level difficulty is moderate, we recommend having a good health condition. It normally takes 3 hours approximately to get there, depending on your physical condition and pace of hiking.
Remember that because of the high altitude of Cusco, it is important to acclimatize to the altitude before going on a strenuous hike. Since it takes from 2 to 3 days to acclimatize, Inkayni Peru Tours has prepared a list of some activities that you can do in Cusco. Follow this link to learn more: Activities that you can do in Cusco
What can you observe in the Red Valley?
Along the Red Valley route, you will feel the connection with nature, stunning landscapes, and, with some luck, wildlife of the area. In addition to the beauty of nature, you will be able to interact with the locals that live in the neighboring towns.
How to get there?
Below, we share two options to get to the fantastic Red Valley, in Pitumarca, Cusco:
First Option: On your own
The first option is the cheapest one; however, it does not guarantee to enjoy the whole hike to the Red Valley. If you choose this option, you have to go to Huayruropata Avenue. Here you have to take the bus that goes to Checacupe. It takes 2 hours approximately to get there.
Once in Checacupe, we will go to Pitumarca. It normally takes from 15 to 20 minutes to get there. When you arrive in Pitumarca, you will have to hike from 2 to 3 hours approximately until you finally get to the Red Valley.
Second Option: Through a Tourist Agency
This second option is highly recommended. If you visit the Red Valley with a tourist agency will arrange everything in advance and make sure you enjoy the trip. Don’t forget to take your camera with you to capture the best moments in the Red Valley.
Opening Hours and Rate:
Although the Red Valley is 24-hour available, we recommend going during the mornings from 8:00 am to 02:00 pm
- Have a day to recharge yourself to go hiking.
- Bring your personal documents
- Keep hydrated
- It is necessary to acclimatize to the altitude in Cusco from 2 to 3 days before you go hiking.
- If you travel to Cusco with a child, he can join any tour only under adult supervision.
- To avoid altitude sickness, you should drink coca tea.