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Visit the Yuracochas rainbow mountain in Lima

You do not need to travel so far from Lima to appreciate a mountain of seven colors. In the province of Huarochirí, there is a tourist attraction that has been attracting the attention of tourists who love adventure. The reason? Its great resemblance to the 'Rainbow Mountain' of Cusco.


Located in the Yuracochas mountain range, within the Central Cordillera, this place has been baptized as the 'Vinicunca Lima'. The height at this point exceeds 4,800 meters above sea level, so it is essential to be in good physical condition to complete the route.


It is best to spend the night in the district of San Mateo, in Huarochirí. Once acclimatized, you must go to the Ticlio area, where the excursion to this natural wonder begins. Reaching the summit will take you an average of three hours.


Yuracochas Rainbow Mountain

The Yuracochas rainbow mountain is the result of global warming, since due to this phenomenon, the mountain has lost snow in recent years. As a consequence, various natural peculiarities have been exposed.


The Yuracochas are a chain of hills located in the Central Andes, it is known as the Vinicunca Limeño due to its resemblance to the famous rainbow mountain of Cusco.


When you go uphill to the mountain, you will be able to be the spectator of a unique view of the Nevado Rajuntay, which is very close to there. Also, you will be able to observe the beautiful Yuracocha Lagoon.


In addition, you will get a privileged view of the landscape of the Peruvian mountains.



To trek to the Yuracochas rainbow mountain, we recommend you bring various items. The most important are: warm clothing, waterproof jacket, trekking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, bottle of water and energy foods.


How to get to the rainbow mountain Yuracochas?

The rainbow mountain of Lima is located in the Cordon de los Yuracochas, at an altitude of almost 5000 meters above sea level. It is located 3 hours from Ticlio, in the province of Huarochirí, in the Lima region.


To get to the Yuracochas rainbow mountain from Lima, you have to go to the intersection of Jirón Chota and Paseo Colón avenue. These streets are located in the Center of Lima. The intersection is full of mini vans bound for Chosica. Once you arrive in Chosica, you have to go to San Mateo on the buses that leave from the central park. From the district of San Mateo, in the province of Huarochirí, you will leave for the rainbow mountain Yuracochas.


Before starting the hike up the mountain, it is recommended that you rest for half a day to acclimatize to the altitude.


Hike to Yuracochas

Reaching the top means exceeding 4,800 meters above sea level. Located in the Yuracochas mountain chain, within the Central Cordillera, each breath passing through here takes the tax out of all the time of confinement. It is worth it, especially for those who have applied themselves healthily in confinement.


During this trekking you will not only be able to see the rainbow mountain of Lima, but you will also have an extraordinary view of the Yuracochas mountain range, Nevado Rajuntay, the beautiful Yuracocha Lagoon, as well as beautiful landscapes of the Peruvian highlands.



From Lima to San Mateo. It is recommended to stay for the night, rest and acclimatize. Then the journey continues on a 40 km journey until reaching Ticlio. It can be reached directly from Lima to Ticlio. What must be taken into account is that it takes about 3 hours of walking to reach the Yuracochas mountain chains. Therefore, it is important to sleep from the night before in San Mateo or Ticlio.


What implements to bring?

  • A waterproof or windbreaker jacket
  • Good cocada slippers
  • Gloves
  • Chullo
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and cocoa lipstick
  • Lemon candies, energy bars and fruits such as apples or bananas
  • A minimum of one liter of water
  • Pills for soroche

Other attractions near the Yuracochas

In addition to getting to know the Yuracochas rainbow mountain, we also recommend you take a tour of these tourist attractions that you can find in the province of Huarochirí and San Mateo.



This natural attraction is located at 4100 meters above sea level. in the province of San Mateo. Yuracmayo is very famous for concentrating a large number of fans of the sport of climbing. This is due to the 80 meters high that the limestone walls that make it up can take.


Very close to there, you can also find other natural attractions such as a lagoon full of trout. Likewise, throughout the walk through its surroundings you will be able to observe the important fauna of the area.


The Forest of Zárate

This forest is located in the province of Huarochirí, between the districts of San Bartolomé and Tupicocha. Here you can find green mountains and a large number of ravines.


Like any ecological zone, on your walk through the place you will find a large community of flora and fauna typical of the Peruvian highlands. Among the most important flora species of the place are: the quinual, the hawthorn, the taro and the chachacomo. The most representative animals of the area are the wild cat, the vicuñas, the skunks and the vizcacha.


Japani Ruins

This natural attraction is located at 3,500 meters above sea level, in the province of Huarochirí. The Japanis were an indigenous community believed to have lived in the area in pre-Inca times. In the place you can find various archaeological buildings covered, for the most part, by green areas.


As with many archaeological centers, the ruins of Japaní are located on the top of a mountain. Due to this characteristic, when you arrive you will have a beautiful view of the Peruvian mountains.



The district of Matucana is located in the province of Huarochirí at 2,398 meters above sea level. In this population you will be able to learn a little more about the culture of the Peruvian highlands and talk with the inhabitants about their day to day.


Also, in this district you will have the opportunity to visit the Antankallo waterfall, where you can enjoy the pure waters of the small lake that forms below.



This natural attraction is located in the province of Huarochirí, in Santa Eulalia. When you arrive you will realize the large number of cherimoya trees that exist in the place. It is for this fruit that Callahuanca is very famous among tourists. In this destination, you can also visit the Mother Church and the mountain of Characán.


Best Tours in Peru

Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail Tours, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views.

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