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Red Valley in Pitumarca, Cusco

Cusco continues to surprise us more and more with its countless attractions, on this trip we headed to the Red Valley in Pitumarca, which is located at 5,200 meters above sea level and in turn this tourist site is located near the famous Mountain of 7 colors.

In this article, we will describe everything about the Red Valley, such as where it is located, what you can see and do, how long it takes to get to the valley, what are the conditions to go there, what is the best time to visit and why it is important to visit the Red Valley with Terandes.

But first let's describe a little of the Red Valley, it is one of the most popular attractions for tourists, because its reddish color makes it a unique and wonderful destination. On the other hand, how is it that it adopted this color, as we know all this chain of mountains in the beginning were snowy, but with the passage of time these thawed.

Today it has a beautiful reddish color due to the mineral composition of the area, while on the way to the valley you can see the red water river, which has become one of Cusco's must-see attractions.

Where is the Red Valley?

The Red Valley is located about 7 km from the district of Pitumarca, province of Canchis, Cusco. It is located at the foot of the snow-capped Ausangate, at 5,200 meters above sea level.

What to see and do in Red Valley?

  • Beautiful mountain scenery, some with snow-capped mountains and lakes.
  • You will be able to see animals native to the area such as llamas, alpacas, condors and other species.
  • You will see a chain of reddish-colored mountains.

Walking time

The approximate hiking time from Pitumarca to the Red Valley is 2 to 3 hours, and to get to the 7 Colors Mountain depends on your pace (about 1 hour).

Health and altitude for the Red Valley traverse

If you plan to travel at an altitude between 4,000 and 5,000 meters above sea level, I advise you to acclimatize first in the city of Cusco; going directly to these places with this level of altitude could harm your health, so it is better to stop 1 or 2 days in the city of Cusco first.

Once acclimatized, you will be able to travel to the Red Valley, as this trip will require a hike for which it is necessary to be in good physical shape to reach this beautiful tourist attraction.

The best time to visit the Red Valley

The ideal months to visit are the dry season, which runs from April to October, during which you can normally visit the Red Valley, however, this does not mean that the other months are limited, no; only that from November to May is the rainy season and therefore the excursions may not be beautiful because it rains during the day and there are cloudy days, the mountain is covered by falling snow, so it is recommended to go in the dry season.

Tour of the Terandes, including the Red Valley

7 Colors Mountain and Red Valley Tour, this tour will take us first to the 7 Colors Mountain, after enjoying the view and taking lots of pictures we will go to the Red Valley to admire another attraction. This tour is a one day tour.

Why visit the Red Valley of Pitumarca in Cusco with Terandes?

The travel agency Terandes.com has professional guides and trained staff for all types of trips, trekking and more. If you want to book a tour to visit these beautiful snow-capped mountains, write us and we will help you with your trip.

Images of the Red Valley

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