Visit Vinicunca, the “Mountain of Seven Colors,” located in the Andes of Cusco

Rainbow Mountain Trek

Vinicunca is located about a four-hour drive southeast of Cusco city. Known more commonly as the Rainbow Mountain Peru or Cerro Vinincunca

Vinicunca is located about a four-hour drive southeast of Cusco city. Known more commonly as the Rainbow Mountain Peru or Cerro Vinincunca

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Vinicunca is located about a four-hour drive southeast of Cusco city. Known more commonly as the Rainbow Mountain Peru or Cerro Vinincunca

Explore the Rainbow Mountain Peru

Mountain of 7 colors of the Andes

Vinicunca is a mountain pass located about a four-hour drive southeast of Cusco city, in the opposite direction of Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, and the famous Humantay Lake. Known more commonly by locals as La Montaña de Siete Colores(mountain of seven colors) and by travellers as the Rainbow Mountain Peru or Cerro Vinincunca, the geographical wonder is famous for its rainbow tonality- a surreal natural phenomenon of mineral deposits streaked across sandstone rock.

In an area claimed to have one of the most impressive mountain sceneries in the Andes, Vinicunca is close to the snow-capped Ausangate, the highest and most sacred mountain in the Cusco region.

Vinicunca is a mountain pass located about a four-hour drive southeast of Cusco city, in the opposite direction of Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, and the famous Humantay Lake. Known more commonly by locals as La Montaña de Siete Colores(mountain of seven colors) and by travellers as the Rainbow Mountain Peru or Cerro Vinincunca, the geographical wonder is famous for its rainbow tonality- a surreal natural phenomenon of mineral deposits streaked across sandstone rock.

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If you have a love for adventure and enjoying some of the best hiking routes in the world, our Rainbow Mountain 1 Day is for you. It combines the most exciting trekking trails with the most incredible scenery you can imagine. Join us on your own, in a couple, or as part of a group.

Rainbow Mountain

Get ready to discover one of the most impressive natural wonders on the planet in the middle of the Peruvian Andes. If you visit Cusco, this day trip is a must! Our one-day tour to Vinicunca, or Rainbow Mountain, will take you through remote high-altitude barren lands and through isolated communities found in the Vilcanota mountain range. You’ll also be able to witness the immensity of the sacred Ausangate mountain (6,372 m/ 20,905 ft), the highest in the region.

Close to the city of Cusco is one of the most stunning natural sights you can imagine — the mountain of seven colors, aka, Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca. If you’re looking for an exciting day out of the city, that’ll challenge you but give you the most fantastic rewards, this is the perfect option.

Get ready to discover one of the most impressive natural wonders on the planet in the middle of the Peruvian Andes. If you visit Cusco, this day trip is a must! Our one-day tour to Vinicunca, or Rainbow Mountain, will take you through remote high-altitude barren lands and through isolated communities found in the Vilcanota mountain range. You’ll also be able to witness the immensity of the sacred Ausangate mountain (6,372 m/ 20,905 ft), the highest in the region.

Rainbow Mountain

There are various tours heading to the Rainbow Mountain. Some can be combined with a visit to mountain Ausangate or other sites. You can read more about your options here.

Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley 2 Days
Peru
Moderate to Challenging
2-DAY TREK
Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley
If you’re pondering over short trips from Cusco, our Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley 2 Day package is designed for you to discover the incredible scenery of a remote area that seems like something out of a dream.
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US$ 250 pp
Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek 3 Days
Peru
Challenging
3-DAY HIKE
Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain Trek
If you want to visit the colorful mountain of seven colors but love the idea of a 3-day trek to maximize your experience, then the Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain 3-day trek is for you. You’ll enjoy trekking through some of the most stunning Andean mountain scenery
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US$ 350 pp
The Ultimate Adventure Into the Peruvian Mountains in Puka Pass
Peru
Challenging
4-DAY HIKE
Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain
If you’re an adventurous hiker and love getting off-the-beaten-path to discover astounding natural beauty and visit small communities, don’t miss this trek! The Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain is one of the best hikes in Peru and will take you through the most stunning landscapes in the Andes.
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The mountains are calling and we must go!
The imposing Rainbow Mountain, through the fascinating cloud forest

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Every journey we design is carefully curated and completely bespoke, fine-tuned to your passions and interests. Experience jaw-dropping natural wonders, mysterious ancient civilisations, diverse indigenous culture and unique wildlife with some of the best trek combinations in Peru and South America.

The Best of Both Worlds

Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain 4 Days

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  • Trek Highest Altitude
    5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. altitude
  • Hiking Level Peru
    Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

Explore the living history and breathtaking scenery of the Peruvian highlands on this incredible experience. You’ll begin in the Imperial City and discover what made Cusco the center of the Inca Empire! Then, you’ll head to the Sacred Valley to visit the giant agricultural laboratory of Moray, as well as the Maras Salt Mines.

Explore the living history and breathtaking scenery of the Peruvian highlands on this incredible experience. You’ll begin in the Imperial City and discover what made Cusco the center of the Inca Empire! Then, you’ll head to the Sacred Valley to visit the giant agricultural laboratory of Moray, as well as the Maras Salt Mines.

Once you reach Ollantaytambo, you’ll take the train to the legendary city of Machu Picchu, one of the grandest and most enthralling sites in Latin America and the whole world, for a privately guided tour. Your adventure doesn’t end there. After, you’ll discover the incredible Rainbow Mountain and be in awe of its natural beauty.

Explore the living history and breathtaking scenery of the Peruvian highlands on this incredible experience. You’ll begin in the Imperial City and discover what made Cusco the center of the Inca Empire! Then, you’ll head to the Sacred Valley to visit the giant agricultural laboratory of Moray, as well as the Maras Salt Mines.

Once you reach Ollantaytambo, you’ll take the train to the legendary city of Machu Picchu, one of the grandest and most enthralling sites in Latin America and the whole world, for a privately guided tour. Your adventure doesn’t end there. After, you’ll discover the incredible Rainbow Mountain and be in awe of its natural beauty.

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Feel the Spirit of the Andes

Machu Picchu, Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain 6 Days

  • Accommodation Peru Treks
    Camps & Hotel Accommodation
  • Highest altitudes in Peru
    5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. altitude
  • Trekking Difficulty Level
    Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

This package boasts the best of the best when it comes to the Peruvian Andes. It combines the most amazing places in Cusco; Cusco city, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Ausangate, and Rainbow Mountain. If you want to visit all these places when you come to Peru, why not combine them in a fantastic 6-day adventure where every last detail is planned for you?

This package boasts the best of the best when it comes to the Peruvian Andes. It combines the most amazing places in Cusco; Cusco city, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Ausangate, and Rainbow Mountain. If you want to visit all these places when you come to Peru, why not combine them in a fantastic 6-day adventure where every last detail is planned for you?

Recharge yourself mentally and physically by the most powerful energy points in the Cusco region. Immense sacred glaciers like the imposing Apu Ausangate, turquoise lakes, wild animals, and the captivating Rainbow Mountain are the perfect complement to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. This trip really has it all for you to see everything special about Cusco.

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The all in one unmissable journey of Cusco highlights

Cusco Highlights Tour 7 Days

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    Camp & Hotel Accommodation
  • Trek Highest Altitude
    5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. altitude
  • Hiking Level Peru
    Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

Do you want to explore the most important sites of Cusco in one of our most favorite treks for travelers? Then this tour is ideal for you. We have created a trip that combines the best of both worlds. This 7-day program will take you through spectacular monuments, lush valleys and trails that lead to glacial mountains, considered the highest in the region.

Your adventure begins in the city of Cusco exploring its closest archaeological sites. Then, from the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, you will visit the impressive sites: Chinchero, Moray, Salineras de Maras, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo until arriving by train to the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour to learn the origins of this sacred place and appreciate its imposing Inca architecture.

Afterwards, you will head up the famous 2-day short trail to Salkantay Mountain, appreciating the magical Humantay Lake and the imposing snow-capped Salkantay in the distance, before resting in our exclusive Sky Camp. Finally, you will visit the Rainbow Mountain on a trek accompanied by the beautiful view of Ausangate, a memorable trip that you can't miss!

Your adventure begins in the city of Cusco exploring its closest archaeological sites. Then, from the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, you will visit the impressive sites: Chinchero, Moray, Salineras de Maras, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo until arriving by train to the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour to learn the origins of this sacred place and appreciate its imposing Inca architecture.

Afterwards, you will head up the famous 2-day short trail to Salkantay Mountain, appreciating the magical Humantay Lake and the imposing snow-capped Salkantay in the distance, before resting in our exclusive Sky Camp. Finally, you will visit the Rainbow Mountain on a trek accompanied by the beautiful view of Ausangate, a memorable trip that you can't miss!

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Our Horsemen & Horses

All of our horsemen are from Mollepata, which is the starting point of our trek. We make sure to employ responsible people that are serious about what they do. This way, they do an excellent job at transporting everyone’s items along the trail with mules and are in charge of getting your gear safely to each campsite where it will be waiting for you.

Our horsemen are very content with us receiving a good salary and benefits at the end of each season. Salkantay Trekking provides all the mountain gear and uniforms to the horsemen. These guys can be of great help in an emergency because they know the area and trail like the back of their hand.

In addition to the trekking and camping equipment, each horse carries 40kg of the trekkers’ belongings. You’ll have 7kg of allowance for your gear.

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In all of our trekking trips, the chef ensures high-quality meals on time, an adequate diet both in its quality and quantity. The secret lies in the careful selection of our team of chefs, whose top-quality restaurant background, creativity and passion for their jobs provide an unequalled touch to all of our meals. We do not have set menus since we wish to give our chefs the chance to create, innovate and surprise our clients through delicious dishes in every trip.

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We do not have set menus since we wish to give our chefs the chance to create, innovate and surprise our clients through delicious dishes in every trip. We provide general guidelines, guest information on dietary restrictions and preferences and, most especially, the tools for a constant updating of our cooks’ knowledge in both Peruvian and International cuisine through specialization courses and training.

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Enjoy a good night’s sleep in our spacious Eureka tent

The Best Camping Equipment

Enjoy a good night’s sleep in our spacious Eureka tent. All our tents are built to be four man tents, but you will only have to share with one other trekker. This leaves a lot of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffels. They are an A-frame design, with entrances on both sides of the tent. They also include a vestibule in front, giving you some extra outdoor space to leave your boots and walking sticks. We are proud to be the only company to use these tents.

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Our expeditions in Peru are designed to showcase all that this country has to offer.

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Rainbow Mountain Travel Guide

Before You Go, What You Should Know

We hope that this Peru & Rainbow Mountain travel guide will serve as a reference for you to prepare for and undertake an exceptional and seamless journey through this “Empire of Hidden Treasures.”

  • Day Hikes Highlights

    • Visit Vinicunca, the “Mountain of Seven Colors,” located in the Andes of Cusco
    • Hike to the highest point of Rainbow Mountain, where you can enjoy terrific panoramic views of Ausangate
    • Get a personalized experience with an excellent local expert and professional trekking guide.
  • Where exactly is Rainbow Mountain located?

    As part of the Vilcanota mountain range, it’s located in the middle of the communities of Cusipata and Pitumarca, in the provinces of Quispicanchi and Canchis respectively, in the Cusco region, southern Peru.

    Its exact coordinates are as follows:

    • 13 ° 52’8.51 ″, south latitude.
    • 71 ° 18’12.76 ″, west latitude.
  • How long does it take to get to Rainbow Mountain from the city of Cusco?

    It depends on the route you choose:

    • If you travel through Cusipata, you’ll drive 102 km for 3 hours until you reach Phulawasipata. From there the walk will take 1 hour to the Rainbow Mountain.
    • If you travel through Pitumarca, you’ll travel 139 km by car for 4 hours until you reach Pampachiri. From there the walk will take 1 hour and 20 minutes to the Rainbow Mountain.
  • Final recommendations to visit the Rainbow Mountain

    Follow our recommendations to enjoy the majestic Rainbow Mountain without issues!

    • Visit the mountain during the dry season, that is, from April to November.
    • Stay in good health and in excellent physical condition.
    • Bring a hat, special hiking shoes, warm clothes, sunglasses, hiking poles. and a rain poncho.
    • This hike is not suitable for children under 12 years old.
    • Remember that to avoid altitude sickness you must go through a minimum acclimatization period of 2 days in the city of Cusco. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol and cigarettes.
  • What should I bring to Rainbow Mountain?

    To know exactly what you should bring, consider that you’ll leave the city and that you’ll walk in the cold and at high altitude. Some indispensable things are:

    • Your original passport or other official identification document.
    • Cash in small denominations for any unforeseen expenses.
    • Sunscreen, sunglasses, cap or hat, and a rainproof poncho.
    • Special hiking shoes, hiking pants, jacket, windbreaker, and gloves.
    • Camera with extra batteries.
    • Water and snacks.
    • Coca leaves to combat altitude sickness and invigorate you.
  • What is the difficulty level of the Rainbow Mountain excursion?

    The difficulty level of this route is challenging. Most of the trail is in good condition; however, you must ascend an intense slope towards the end, thus exceeding 5,000 masl / 17,000 fasl.

    Remember that you’ll be walking at high altitude and that you may suffer from altitude sickness. The higher you go, the less oxygen there will be in the air. So you’ll feel your breathing a little agitated.

    Due to all that, to fully enjoy this excursion you must be in excellent physical shape and have undergone a process of acclimatisation. That’s why we recommend you arrive in Cusco 2 days in advance to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms of altitude sickness: severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea.

    There’s always the option of renting the service of a horse that can take you. The approximate price is S/. 50.00 soles one way and S/.90.00 soles round trip.

  • What kind of flora and fauna can I see at the Rainbow Mountain?

    During your walk to the Rainbow Mountain you‘ll reach the two highest altitude levels in Peru: the Puna and the Janca where no animal species lives permanently. Over 5,000 masl few things grow, but you’ll be able to get to know the ichhu, a type of straw that serves as food for alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. You’ll also be able to see kestrels and if you’re lucky, some majestic condor will open its wings for you.

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We are committed to providing world-class trekking experiences for our guests that go way above and beyond the mass-produced tours so common today.

I had the most fantastic trek with my family. It was one of the best experiences in the mountains, hiking to Machu Picchu. The weather was with us, and we all had a great experience with unique landscapes.

TAKUMA DELAROSA
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  • Logotype: CALTUR - Plan Nacional de Calidad Turística
  • Logotype: AATC - Asociación de Agencias de Turismo de Cusco
  • Logotype: SERNANP - Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado
  • Logotype: TOURCERT - Travel for Tomorrow
  • Logotype: DIRCETUR - Dirección Regional de Comercio Exterior y Turismo Cusco
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