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Cheap Rainbow Mountain Cusco

Cheap Rainbow Mountain Cusco

During this Cheap Rainbow Mountain Cusco full day you can visit the Vinicunca Mountain, and see from the top the colors that characterize it as well as an impressive view of the Ausangate apu.

The Rainbow Mountain Cusco 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 Vinicunca Mountain has been explored by local Andean people only. Rainbow Mountain Cusco 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 Cheap Rainbow Mountain Cusco is 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 Cusco 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.



Highlights of Cheap Raibow Mountain Cusco:

  • Walking in the famous Rainbow Mountain Cusco is a whole stretch of coloured mountains, in shades of rose and blonde.
  • Discover the climax of the Vinicunca 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 Mountain or Yauricunca
  • Take in gorgeous natural scenery, including Ausangate and surrounding peaks, turquoise lakes, and grazing alpacas
  • Cheap Rainbow Mountain Cusco guided tour
  • Beautiful landscapes from animals and turquoise lakes

Best moment from the Trek

  • The view from amazing colorful mountains

Important info about your Trek:

Crew: Profesional Tour Guide and Horseman during the Cheap Rainbow Mountain Cusco 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.


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


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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
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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 Cheap Rainbow Mountain Cusco trek.

Back on the hike, we encounter more of the traditional elements along trail to the Vinicunca Mountain. 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 Mountain Cusco (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

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

Rainbow Mountain Peru Geology
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The Rainbow Mountain Peru geology caused us an interrogation, perhaps without an answer at that moment, today we will inform you about their geological formation of this natural wonder. 

The Rainbow Mountain Cusco or mountain Vinicunca, is unique for its particular coloration, surrounded by mountains, snow peaks, small Andean villages, especially by an immense picturesque and colorful landscape, before informing us about the Rainbow Mountain Peru geology, we must understand how a mountain is formed. 


Geological Formation of a Mountain 

The formation of a mountain is due to the alterations of the terrestrial layer and the movement of the tectonic plates, in these alterations the environment, the climate and other external ones have much to do. Have you ever wondered why the mountains are conical? The conical shape of the mountains is because ice is usually formed at the top of the mountain. 

Then climate change causes it to thaw and this causes the mountains to run off and they generate water rivulets that run down to the lower area until they run into rivers or lagoons until they get mixed with the ocean depending on the weather factors and cause of this process the mountain is wearing out and taking its cone shape. 

There is no doubt that the mountains are a masterpiece part of nature, from the top of a mountain we can appreciate all that surrounds us and be able to enjoy it.  

After informing us about the causes of formation of a mountain it is time to find out about its Rainbow Mountain Peru geology and why its particular coloration. 


How was Rainbow Mountain formed


Rainbow Mountain Peru Geology 

To talk about the Rainbow Mountain Peru geology before we will have to go back at least some 24 million years ago, at that time there were movements of the tectonic plates by the alterations of the terrestrial layers, then during the movement there were different ravines between layers of mineralogical or soil types with a tremendous wealth of mineral rock sediments such as sandstones, halites, gravel, limestones that range from ocher, green, mustard yellow, white among others. These minerals were compiled one among others one on top of the other until they were in the form of layers of different colors and mineralogical type. The formation of these layers was depending on the weight of each layer, in the base the heavier layer was left and so on the layers were placed according to their weight.


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Coloring of the Rainbow Mountain Cusco 

This information is according to the research of the Landscape Office of the Decentralization of Culture Directorate of Cusco.  

The information was revealed in this way the colors of the mountains are due to the mineralogical composition that has: the pink color is for red clay, fangolitas (mud) and arilitas (sand). The whitish, for the quartzose sandstone and marls, rich in calcium carbonate. 

The red is composed of the clay (iron) and clays belonging to the upper tertiary. Green is composed of phyllites and clays rich in magnesium ferro. The earthy brown is a product of fanglomerate composed of rock with magnesium belonging to the Quaternary era. And the mustard yellow color for the calcareous sandstones rich in sulphurous minerals.


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Doubts and Frequent Questions about Rainbow Mountain Cusco
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Here is everything you need to know about the Cheap Rainbow Mountain Cusco trek.

Where is located the Vinicunca Mountain?

The Rainbow 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

  • "Quesiuno" at 4,326 m.a.s.l.
  • "Rainbow Mountains" at 5,020 m.a.s.l.
How many kilometers is walked during the Cheap Rainbow Mountain Cusco trek 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 Vinicunca 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.

Packing List
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Bring a backpack for the trek with the following items:  

  • Warm clothes: The colorful mountain tour is NOT so frigid; especially if it's a sunny day; however, remember that the cold is felt on the top of the mountain and for this you must wear: a light but warm coat, a sweater or sweater, a scarf, a cap and wool gloves that will help you protect yourself when you are taking your best pictures or simply enjoying the scenery of the Vinicunca mountain. 
  • Food: bring mineral water to stay hydrated, some snacks such as: nuts, chocolates, sweets, cookies, etc. These will help you recover the energy that the walk demands. Other personal items: rain poncho, sunglasses or sunglasses, sunscreen, trekking shoes, shoes and / or additional sandals to rest your feet on the bus. 
  • Money: Do not forget to bring some extra money in soles for your personal expenses of snacks, mineral water, soft drinks or sodas, horse service and tips. 


  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent. 
  • Backpack for your hike U$ 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.




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