The Red Valley, Cusco, Peru

Red Valley Cusco, Peru

The Red Valley is a beautiful valley very close to Vinicunca, that is almost completely covered in red, a valley that seems to be out of this planet. It is a new tourist attraction that is very close to the famous Rainbow Mountain, is an impressive place, and the best thing is that few people visit it.

What is the Red Valley in Cusco, Peru?

It is a valley of red mountains dotted with green and gray, giving it a look that seems like another planet. The view is endless. It is a very quiet place, since few tourists visit it, and that makes it a pleasant visit.

Many tourists, when they take the tour to Vinicunca, choose to return through this valley and thus visit the 2 places.


It is located in Cusco – Peru, very close to the Vinicunca. It is located at an altitude of 5000 meters above sea level.

How to go to the Red Valley?

The best way to get to this incredible place is by doing the extension of the Vinicunca tour, it will depend on your agency the additional cost they give to this tour.

If you want to go exclusively to this place, you will have to take a car from the city of Cusco to Pitumarca, after paying some tolls and entrance fees you will have to walk on the same route of the road to Vinicunca. The hike takes about 2 hours to reach the main viewpoint.

Just before you reach the Vinicunca mountain go to the right side of the road for about 30 minutes until you reach the viewpoint of the Red Valley.

The Red Valley, Cusco, Peru
Red Valley Cusco, Peru

We recommend that you do not go alone, it is better with specialized guide as it is at a higher altitude.

Best time to go to the Red Valley Peru

At an altitude of about 5000 meters above sea level, the climate is harsh, even in the well-defined seasons, which are: Rainy and dry seasons.

But, the best months are from April to the beginning of October, which is the dry season, and the other months (October to April), the climate is very changeable, many times you will not be able to access the red valley in Peru for security reasons.

During the rainy months, some days, the mountain may be covered with snow, but this makes for some incredible views of the Red Valley and Vinicunca, so, don’t be discouraged by the blogs that say you will only see snow and clouds.

What to bring

As with a visit to Rainbow Mountain, be sure to be prepared for the altitude. Try to acclimatize before you go. Flying from Lima to Cusco and walking to 5100m the next day is not a good idea. Also, take your altitude pills already in Cusco so that they work once you arrive and bring some extra ones.

For clothing, wear layers, dress warmly (hat and gloves) and bring sunscreen. Only in the rain, walking shoes are a must. If it is dry, you can use your Nike. Bring some nice snacks (although breakfast is quite full), or a thermos with coca tea to enjoy the view. Finally, it’s great to bring some money to tip the cooks and the driver.

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