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Rainbow Mountain Peru

Rainbow Mountain Peru

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from: USD 50.00

The Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca Mountain in Peru is a majestic location and a nature’s gift. It is situated near the Ausangate Mountain in Cusco. It is one of the places that still has not been discovered by travelers. Rainbow Mountains 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 journey will take you at least 1 day to complete. A high altitude adventure that will keep you begging for oxygen as you will strut above a constant altitude of 14,000 feet. You will pass thousands of roaming alpacas and llamas. You will walk through beautifully diverse landscapes varying from snow-capped peaks through neon red desert mountains to marshy pampas. The real reward however will be your arrival to those painted-like hills hidden deep in the Andes. Resembling a rainbow, the mountains will require an extremaly good sight to find a route along with a strong determination to find it, but it will not leave you disappointed!


As an astral traveler, I know I could be there in a few blinks of the eye, but I’d rather stand still and know I am blessed with golden light of any path I walk on and charge myself with making the best decisions on putting that light in use. 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! 

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Day 01: Rainbow Mountain Peru



  • 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 Group Tour

The rainbow Mountain hike price is U$ 50 per person

The minimun is 6 people and maximun 25 people


Rainbow Mountain Private Tour

Private service included the private transportation, professional guide, water 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


Please note: If you would like to extend your trip. Visit our style trip: Inca Trail trek, Alternative trek or Machu Picchu Tours.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Rainbow Mountain Peru Day Tour

Day 1: Rainbow Mountain Peru Day Tour

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 8 and 9 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



  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Rainbow mountain Peru;
  • Professional and experienced English-speaking guide;
  • Meals: 01x Breakfast and 01x Lunch;
  • Tourist transportation from Cusco  - Rainbow Mountain - Cusco;
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle;

If you book the private service, included the emergency extra horses, personal oxygen bottle, water,

Not Included

  • International & local flights
  • Traveler`s insurance
  • Discretionary expenses such as gratuities, snacks, alchoholic beverages, etc.
  • Some meals

Where is the Rainbow Mountain Peru?

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 do I need to know, before to book the Rainbow Mountain Peru?

What do I need to know, before to book the Rainbow Mountain Peru?

We recommend to be in Cusco 2 days before to leave to Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca for the acclimatation, the altitude arrived is 4550 m / 14927.82 ft. 

Rainbow mountain high pass is 5,020 m / 16,466 ft.

Water, it is very important take the water, in the day you will walk 7 - 8 hrs

We pick you up from your hotel at 3:00 and you will be in Cusco at 19:00

Cold jacket, it is very cold in the mountains

Hiking boot, you will walk aprox 6 hrs and the weather is cold and hot

It is not necesary to take your passport

Sunblock, it is hot


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What is the elevation of Rainbow Mountain in Peru?

Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft

Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft

What do you bring on a Rainbow Mountain Hike?

What do you bring on a Rainbow Mountain Hike?
  • Pocket money in Nuevos Soles,
  • A small rucksack, (for your personal beloging
  • Rain gear,
  • Waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold),
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you 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),
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries,
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper,
  • Small towel and toiletries,
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
    Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
  • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle to be refill.
  • Optional: walking sticks; you can also rent it from us,

How to book Rainbow Mountain Hike?


Booking the Rainbow Mountain Peru

When reserving your trip, you will need to pay 50% deposit. We will issue a confirmation invoice, which means your booking has been accepted and a contract exists and the other 50% you can pay in Cusco, our guide will visit your hotel a day before the Rainbow Mountain hike and He/ She will give you a briefing. 


IMPORTANT: It is very important, let us know, where you will be staying in Cusco.