Have you ever imagined seeing a Rainbow Mountain in the middle of the Andes? Nature was very kind to give to the region of Cusco the most beautiful landscapes in the world, including Vinicunca. This incredible mountain is also known as "seven colors", "cerro colorado" and in English as "Rainbow Mountain". The imposing mountain Vinicunca presents this hue due to the erosion of sedimentary stones, the same ones that are formed without any intervention of man, being compared with a terrestrial rainbow. Located within the Vilcanota mountain range, Vinicunca is located between 4,710 and 5,200 m.a.s.l. We know that there are mountains and amazing hills all over the world, but whoever looks at the Vinicunca viewpoints, will discover the thousand colors that this unique mountain shows. A geological gem that is becoming very famous, very fast. Because of the incomparable nature of its landscapes, we do not doubt that this incredible mountain will soon be known, as the mountain of the 7 colors will be one of the most desired hiking routes in the world; The Rainbow Mountain is located only 100 km from the city of Cusco, it is nothing less than 6,372 meters high; Its exposed minerals (iron oxides, copper sulfates and others) are shown to form an almost surrealistic image. The Ausangate mountain is also known as Vinicunca, mountain of 7 colors or Rainbow Mountain by its English name. The geographical feature belongs to the Rainbow Mountain in the Vilcanota mountain range, and has its highest point at 5,000 m.a.s.l. The Incas believed that from this mountain was born the masculine energy that fertilizes the Pachamama (Mother Earth). In the mountain range of this mountain the Vilcanota river is born and ends in the Amazon. The "Apu" Ausangate is for the Andean culture, giver of life and guardian of one of the most varied ecosystems in the world; its name means "copper" in Quechua. When you are on this mountain, remember that it is sacred to local people; In fact, many of the nearby Andean communities still have pilgrimage dates to the top of the mountain. Like the community of Chillca; of llama shepherds and alpacas, which have inherited Inca and pre-Inca cultural traditions. It is possible to share the daily life of the shepherds and work with the llamas.
03:30 Departure from Cusco by private car to Pitumarca branch
07:00 Start of the walk to the Rainbow Mountain
11:00 Arrival at the Vinicunca. Time for photographs and enjoy the landscape.
11:45 Return to Machuraccay
15:30 Lunch in Hanchipata
16:00 Return to Cusco by private car
19:00 Arrival in Cusco
The tour starts between 03:00 and 03:30 in the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel where you are staying in Cusco and we will start our tour in our tourist transport, on the way we will pass through several small towns like, Checacupe, Pitumarka and Chilca . The final point of transport will be in Pampachiri located at 3800 m.a.s.l. There the guide will give us an initial explanation and we will enjoy our breakfast (box lunch). Then, we will start our 7 km ascending hike that will last approximately 4 hours, in the direction of Vinicunca Mountain, also known as Rainbow Mountain due to the variety of colors it has, in the surroundings we will have spectacular views of the imposing Apu Ausangate After taking many photos, we will begin our descending walk of return that will last 3 hours, on the way we will make a stop to enjoy our delicious lunch and we will arrive at the starting point, Panpachiri. From this point we will re-board our transport that will take us back to Cusco, the trip will take 3 hours and at around 7:00 p.m., we will finish our great adventure in the Main Square of the city of Cusco.