The Rainbow Mountain or "Vinicunca" is a majestic location and a nature’s gift. It is situated near the Ausangate Mountain in Cusco Region, Peru. It is one of the places that still has not been discovered by travelers. The Rainbow Mountain has been explored by local Andean people only. Vinicunca represents one of the most spectacular places of the Cordillera Vilcanota as it keeps a natural colour given by the presence of sedimentary eroding rocks. The rocks are impressive for its colourfulness since they are formed by seven colors. That's why, the mountain is known under the name of "Cerro Colorado" too.
The walk to the mountain and back is a day-long stagger located at over 4,400 metres or 14,400 feet above sea level tracing a dirt path among looming peaks of green and startling red rocks.
It is a gorgeous route passing local villages, built from stone, and glittering mountain streams. But the altitude is punishing enough to turn even the sprightliest young athlete into a panting mess. Don’t even think about trying the trek until you have spent a few days of acclimmatization to altitude in the Cusco's region.
The Rainbow Mountain Peru has been ranked by National Geographic as one of the 100 places you must visit before you die due to the beautiful colors! Cloudy days result in darker colours whereas sunny weather will lend to lighter colours.
If you have long long time, we recommend the Ausangate Trek 7 Days, it is best option to visit the Mountains and Glaciers of Peru
Walking Distance: 7.5 miles / 12 Km (round trip)
Starting Altitude: 4450 m / 14599.74 ft.
Highest Altitude: 5200 m / 17060.37 ft.
Walking Up: 2 hours
Walking Down: 1 hours
Briefing Point: Hotel or Air B&B apartment - Our guide will call or visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing.
Departure Time: We pick you up from your hotel or air B&B between to 04:30 to 05:00
Return Time: 17:30
Service Level: Budget or Private hike, included professional guide and transportation round trip.
Physical Rating: 4 - Difficult - High-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities.
Age requirement: 14+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Rainbow Mountain Hike Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas or Local Operator
Crew: A Tierras Vivas Representative in Cusco and a profesional Tour Guide during the hike to Rainbow Mountain.
Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch
Transportation: A tourist transportation,
The rainbow Mountain Day Tour, the price is U$ 50 per person
The minimun is 6 people and maximun 25 people
The Private service included the private transportation, professional guide, water, small oxygen tank, snack and Emergency horses.
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The attractions of each area are discussed in greater detail in the before to go introductions. Picking the best time to visit any of them. however, is complicated by the country's physical characteristics. In the Andes season are more clearly marked, with heavy rains from December to March and a warm relatively dry period from June to September Inevitably, thought, there are always some sunny weeks in the rainy season and wet one in the dry. If you plan to visit Rainbow mountains (Andean mountain range), then we recommend you to take some trousers suitable for hiking, shorts, T-shirts and trekking shoes for the days; and sweaters, fleeces, hats, scarves and warm jackets for the nights. You also should take a sun protection cream, sun glasses and in some cases, mosquito repellent (depending on a route chosen). It is very convenient to have a light rain-gear available in a daypack (e.g. a waterproof poncho or jacket and/or waterproof trousers) as weather changes quickly and rains can suddenly occur.
The best time to visit the mountains is in the dry season, you can see more clearly the majestic mountains with their colors
Rainy season, usually in the mountain is cloudy and you can't appreciate the mountains
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We will pick you up early from your Cusco hotel and set out on a drive through the South Valley. The drive to the trailhead at Quesiuno (4,326 m / 14,189 ft) is 3 hours long. Once we reach the Inkintuyoc bridge, we will have a fueling continental breakfast.
We then start off on our hike, following a lovely stream. You will be immediately surprised by literally herds of alpacas and llamas. We will have consistent views of the Ausangate Mountain. We will hike through villages and interact with the local residents. We will stop for a deluxe box lunch along the trail.
Back on the trail, we encounter more of the traditional elements of this trek. This includes potato fields and unique fauna. We have the prospect of seeing chinchillas and vicunas. Vicunas are the only non-domesticated animal of the llama family in Peru. Many red mountains are also a highlight of this portion of the hike.
After a total hike of approximately 1 or 2 hours, we finally reach our destination, what we came to see….the Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,466 ft). After getting over the shock of their beauty, you will have time to explore the area. You will have time to take pictures and soak in the environment. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top.
At this point, it is time to go back down. We hike downhill the way we came. The hike will take 1 to 2 hours. Our private van will be waiting for us when we return.
We will embark on the 3 hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is between 5 and 6 PM.
Meals: Continental Breakfast / Box lunch
Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
Distance to walk: 15 km / 9 ¼ miles
Approximate walking time: 1 to 2 hours up; 1 to 2 hours down
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
There are differents rainbow mountains in the world and the new recently discovered for the Andean people is the VINICUNCA MOUNTAIN or Rainbow Mountains Peru. These mountains is ubicated in Cusco, Distritic of Pitumarka and province Canchis . This mountain is part of Cordillera de Vilcanota in Peru, 100 km south-east of Cusco. Ausangate Mountain or Apu Ausangate; “apu” means a natural deity or Spirit of the mountain. It is considered the most sacred of the whole region. In the Inka´s mythology, male energy is born exactly from the mountain and the near lagoons to fertilize Pachamama (the Mother Earth).
Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the day (if sunny), convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Rainbow hike has a warm climate, getting only cold at afternoon and night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring on the Rainbow Mountain Peru” list.
1. Trekking shoes/hiking boots to walk on trails, Inca trails, Rainbow mountains, glaciers, it is very important to wear hiking shoes that offer support, anti-slide, grid and shock absorption so that you can focus on a beautiful scenery of your trek and not on your feet. The shoes also should be waterproof and have got a cartage tongue and ankle cuffs that provide comfort and protection. Rubber sole as an impact protection is also recommended.
2. Small rucksack to carry your personal items during daily travels when all your baggage is not necessary.
3. Jacket needs to be light, waterproof, windproog, especially designed for adventure and preferably made of bright colours to make you visible from far.
4. Trekking trousers should be convertible (trousers - shorts), should have pockets of a big capacity as well as satisfy your comfort during weather changes. It is suitable to be made of resistant and waterproof fabrics.
5. Walking sticks/poles enable you to walk with ease providing you with support on each step. They should be light, compact, preferably made of aluminum alloy and have an antishock system that absorb impacts before they reach your hand wrists.
6. Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping).
7. Hat or a cap as a protection against the Sun, rain as well as cold).
8. Sun cream or sun block
9. After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
10. Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions).
11. Handkerchiefs and toilet paper
12. Small towel and toiletries
13. Sufficient reserve of underwear and extra socks
14. Extra Snacks such as biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
15. Bottled water and a water bottle to be refilled. Metallic (alternatively Nalgene) bottles are ideal.
16. Cash in a local currency
17. Sunglasses (Very important)
2 Day Rainbow Mountain Trek or Montaña Arcoiris in Cusco has become one of the top attractions and hikes the most important of Peru. Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, is hiding off in the Ausangate region until recently. It gets its name from the weathered strips of colored minerals that paint the hills like a rainbow. Maroon (iron oxide) and gold (iron sulphide), and other resplendent elements. It’s also a sacred mountain visited by about 20,000 Quechua pilgrims each year. The sacred mountain is Apu Ausangate god. Visit our website 2 day Rainbow Mountain trek Peru