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Cheap Rainbow Mountain Cusco

Cheap Rainbow Mountain Cusco

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 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 walk to the mountain and back is a day-long stagger located at over 4,400 metres 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 acclimmatization to altitude in the Cusco's 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 colours whereas sunny weather will lend to lighter colours.

If you have a lot of time, you can do different walks, it is the best option to visit the Mountains and the Glaciers of Peru

Important info about your Trek:

  • Walking in the famous rainbow mountain is a whole stretch of coloured 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

Crew: Profesional Tour Guide and Horseman during the trek. Our guide will visit you hotel a day before the trek for your briefing

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

Transportation: A private transportation.


Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: If you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and useful on all terrain
  • Waterproof: Especially in rainy seasons
  • Sunscreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca Leaf

Rainbow Group Tour

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

The minimun is 6 people and maximun 25 people


Rainbow Private Tour

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

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


Rainbow Mountain Advisor

Rainbow Mountain weather Peru

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


Interesting Information:

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 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);
  • Professional and experienced English-speaking guide
  • Meals: 01 xBreakfast, 01x Lunch x 01 snack
  • Muleteers and horse to carry equipment, supplies, and items
  • Private 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

Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Rainbow Moutain
  • Beautiful landscapes from animals and turquoise lakes


Best moment from the Trek

  • The view from amazing colorful mountains


Encampment Equipment

Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand  EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary
Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.



  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Rainbow Mountain 

Here is everything you need to know about the trek to the Rainbow Mountain.

Where is located the Rainbow Mountain?
The Rainbow Mountain or more known by locals as the Scarlet Mountain, is located in Vinicunca, province of Quipicanchis, department of Cusco. Dominated by the beautiful snowy Ausangate (6,384 m.a.s.l.), one of the gods of this region.

Altitudes in the trek to the Rainbow Mountain
  • "Quesiuno" at 4,326 m.a.s.l.
  • "Rainbow Mountains" at 5,020 m.a.s.l.
How many kilometers is walked during the trek to the Rainbow Mountain and how many hours?
The trek to the Rainbow Mountain is 15 kilometers long or 9 ¼ miles. You will have to walk for along 5 to 6 hours up, and 4 to 5 hours down.

How difficult is the trek to the Rainbow Mountain?
The trek has sections with difficulty degree of means to height and you need to have good physical condition. The residents of the community offer you transport by horsing from 20 to 60 soles (6 to 18 USD) depending on the section to be traveled.

Is it possible to do the trek to the Rainbow Mountain on my own?
Tourism agencies in Cusco offer packages for this place, the main service they provide is transport and basic food. So, this trek can be done on your own.
After 3 hours of bus trip from the center of the city of Cusco, you arrive at the beautiful valley of Vinicunca. You must pay an entrance fee of 10 soles, with that income the locals generate a fund that allows them to keep the place clean the infrastructure in good condition. Then, the ascent to this unique mountain begins.
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