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The Red Valley Of Cusco

The Red Valley Of Cusco

The impressive Red Valley of Pitumarca is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cusco, thanks to its beautiful red mountains accompanied by a red river. This beautiful place is located very close to the Seven Colors Mountain.

Do you want to know more about the wonderful Pitumarca Red Valley? Come on!


Valle Rojo, located in the district of Pitumarca, province of Canchis in the Cusco region.


The tourist attraction is located in the Red Valley at the foot of the Nevado AUSANGATE River at an altitude of just over 5200 meters above sea level.


During the year, the tourist destination has two seasons:

Rainy season: begins in November and ends in April, during these months the precipitation rate increases throughout the Cusco region, going from precipitation to torrential rains, the days vary but generally the rainfall is constant.

Dry season: between March and October the weather in Cusco during these months is excellent, suitable for hiking and excursions to different parts of the region. You can enjoy Cusco’s clear blue skies and almost no rain. However, you should be prepared for the sudden change of weather and the type of clothing to be used between the months of June, July and August due to the appearance of extreme cold due to the consequences of frost.


The Red Valley of Pitumarca is one of the new natural attractions of Cusco, where you can appreciate a flaming red mountain range that surrounds the entire valley.

This color is due to the presence of rich minerals in the area. Most tourists usually walk to the Cerros de los Siete Colores, take advantage of that and also walk to see the Red Valley of Pitumarca.

Also, on the way to the Red Valley, you can see the Agua Roja River.

The best thing is that two of Pitumarca’s tourist attractions are located at the foot of the Nevado Ausangate.


The Red River is located in a natural environment of mountains and ice covered at 4000 meters above sea level. Note the majestic presence of Ausangate, the highest mountain in Cusco and one of the largest in Peru.

The crystallized lakes formed by the melting of the glaciers are also amazing. The lakes Amayuni, Singrenacocha, Challpacocha and the largest, Silbinacocha, stand out. In these cold places grows the wild hay of the Andes,

These vast mountains are home to many species such as the Andean lemur, the fox, the viscacha or the Andean puma.

When should I leave?

Yawar mayo can only be observed during the months of the ‘rainy season’ which runs from November to April. The heavy rains cause high mountains (covered with minerals) and penetrates their mud material with rivers. Therefore, the river is dyed red causing an incredible visual program.

Is there a tour?

Currently there are only a few tours for the Red River Cusco. They are one day and include: full shipment, breakfast, lunch and official tour guide.

Can I go there on my own?

Yes, the Red River is a tourist destination that you can easily visit on your own. To do this you must take public transportation from the city of Cusco to the town of Pitumarca. Buses can be obtained from the bus station on Huayuropata street. The cost of the trip is about 3 dollars.

Once you arrive in Pitumarca, you have to walk about 2 to 3 hours, depending on your physical ability. Any local resident can give you a reference on how to get to the Red River. In addition, you can hire a tour guide and a typical breakfast and lunch in the town itself. For many people, going alone to Yawar Mayo is the most economical option.

How to get there?

Getting to the Red Valley of Pitumarca is not complicated if you have the services of a travel agency. However, you can also go there on your own. The average time to get to the Red Valley is 4 or 5 hours, from Cusco to Pitomarca is 2 hours. From this point, you will start walking for 2-3 hours.

If you visit both the Seven Colors Mountain and the Red Valley, obviously the time will be longer, but the fun will remain as a wonderful memory. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)


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