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Rainbow Mountain Peru

Rainbow Mountain Peru

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 color given by the presence of sedimentary eroding rocks. The rocks are impressive for their colorfulness 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 meters 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 acclimatization to the altitude in the Cusco 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 colors whereas sunny weather will lend to lighter colors.

If you have a long long time, we recommend the Ausangate Trek 7 Days, it is the best option to visit the Mountains and Glaciers of Peru

Before you go

Rainbow Mountain Overview

Crew: Salkantay Trek Machu representatives in Cusco and a professional Tour Guide and Horseman during the trek. Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing

Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x Snack

Transportation:  Tourist transportation from Cusco - Rainbow Mountain - Cusco.


The highlight of the Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour

  • Walking in the famous rainbow mountain is a whole stretch of colored mountains, in shades of rose and blonde.
  • Discover the climax of the Rainbow Mountain hike is a ridge overlooking the whole range, in all its spectacle.
  • Experience a remote and beautiful area of Cusco in a short time.
  • Enjoy the astounding Rainbow Mountain Peru, also known as Vinicunca or Yauricunca
  • Take in gorgeous natural scenery, including Ausangate and surrounding peaks, turquoise lakes, and grazing alpacas
  • Rainbow Mountain guided tour.


Frequent Ask Questions

  • It is also known as “Vinicunca” as it is its Quechuan denomination or “Montaña de 7 colores”, also “Montaña de Colores”.
  • There are two trailheads, one on the east side and the other on the west side. The most frequented is the west side through the Cusipata route.
  • Temperatures drop below 0 at night, good to know for anyone visiting Rainbow Mountain on a multi-day Ausangate trek.
  • Weather up in the Rainbow Mountain can change from windy, icy cold, and overcast to sun lightened days.
  • The villages of Cusipata, Checacupe, and Pitumarca are the only settlements near Rainbow mountain.
  • You can get horse rentals at any point on the way if you begin to find the trek difficult. It doesn’t need to be always from the beginning.
  • Approximately 1 500 people hike to summit Rainbow mountain daily in the high season.
  • The rainbow mountain may lay under thick layers of snow, but it tends to occur more in the rainy season.
  • Almost all hikers succeed in reaching the saddle of the mountain and see the colored stripes and colors eroded for years.
  • Photoshoots with Llamas and Alpacas are available on the rainbow mountain for a few coins up to you.
  • Locals sell Coca tea, hot drinks, beers, woolen gloves up in the Rainbow mountain.
  • Altitude-related problems are the most common reason climbers grapple on the way up to the main viewpoint.
  • Rainbow Mountain sits at an altitude of more than half of Mount Everest.

Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca Cusco Perú


Rainbow Group Tour

For the rainbow Mountain Day Tour, the price is U$ 50 per person

The minimum is 6 people and the maximum is 25 people


Rainbow Private Tour

The Private service included private transportation, a professional guide, water, a small oxygen tank, snack, and Emergency horses.


1 People U$ 250
2 People U$ 150
3 People U$ 100
4 People U$ 100
People U$ 90
7 + People U$ 80


Cheap Rainbow Mountain


Rainbow Mountain Information

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. The Andes season is more clearly marked, with heavy rains from December to March and a warm relatively dry period from June to September Inevitably, though, there are always some sunny weeks in the rainy season and wet ones 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, sunglasses, and in some cases, mosquito repellent (depending on the route chosen). It is very convenient to have 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.


When is the best time to go to the rainbow mountains in Peru?

The best time to visit the mountains is in the dry season, you can see more clearly the majestic mountains with their colors

The rainy season, usually in the mountain is cloudy and you can't appreciate the mountains


Best Alternative tours to Rainbow Mountain

Day 1 Rainbow Mountain Hike

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 5 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 4 to 5 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 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: 5 to 6 hours up; 4 to 5 hours down
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Activities & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.



  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Professional and experienced English-speaking guide
  • Meals: 01 xBreakfast, 01x Lunch 
  • Transportation from your hotel to the head trail and back
  • Small emergency Oxigen bottle per person
  • First aid kit.

Not Included

  • Traveler's insurance
  • Discretionary expenses such as gratuities, alchoholic beverages, etc.
  • Some meals

Where is the rainbow mountain Peru?

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).

What to take on the Rainbow mountain hike?

Appropiate Clothing along the Rainbow Mountain Hike


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” list.


What to Take on the Hike to Rainbow


  • 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.
  • Small rucksack to carry your personal items during daily travels when all your baggage is not necessary.
  • Jacket needs to be light, waterproof, windproog, especially designed for adventure and preferably made of bright colours to make you visible from far.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping).
  • Hat or a cap as a protection against the Sun, rain as well as cold).
  • Sun cream or sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions).
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper
  • Small towel and toiletries
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear and extra socks
  • Extra Snacks such as biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Bottled water and a water bottle to be refilled. Metallic (alternatively Nalgene) bottles are ideal.
  • Cash in a local currency



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