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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 travelers still have not discovered. 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 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 Cheap Rainbow Mountain Cusco is 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 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 its 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.



Tour Overview

Sustainable Tourism: Inca Trail Machu is very keen and happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism by being eco-friendly and supporting local communities

Physical Activity: 3-Difficult - Some points are high

Style Type: Trekking/Hiking, Natural

Service Level: Group service travel

Age Requirement: 8+ Please note: all participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Transportation:  Tourist transportation.


Quick Itinerary: 

04:30 Departure from Cusco by private car to Pitumarca branch 

07:30 Breakfast

08:00 Start of the walk to the 7 Colors Mountain

11:00 Arrival at the Mountain 7 Colors. Time to photograph and enjoy the landscape. 

11:45 Return to Machuraccay 

14:00 Lunch in Hanchipata

15:00 Return to Cusco by private car 

18:00 Arrival in Cusco 


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 : 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
  • Know the route known as "Qolla Ñan" or "Road of the Qollas". 
  • Climb the Ausangate mountain, the fifth highest mountain in Peru, and one of the most important gods for the Incas. 
  • Appreciate the high Andean area surrounded by camelids such as alpacas and vicuñas, an incredible turquoise lagoon, and varied fauna. 
  • Also, you can appreciate the flight of the majestic condor, an animal in danger of extinction.
  • Best moment from the Trek
  • The view from amazing colorful mountains


Rainbow Group Tour

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

The minimum is 6 people and the maximum 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 Cusco 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
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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

What is included in this tours?
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  • The pre-trek briefing (Our guide will contact you by phone or email);
  • Professional and experienced English-speaking guide;
  • Entrance fee to Rainbow Mountain Peru;
  • Meals: 01x Breakfast, 01x Lunch (Optional Vegetarian);
  • Tourist transportation from your hotel to the head trail and drop off you near the main square;
  • Oxygen bottle and First aid kit.

Not Included
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  • Traveler`s insurance
  • Discretionary expenses such as gratuities, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Some meals

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 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 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 Vinicunca Mountain?

The trek has sections with a difficult degree of means to height and you need to have good physical condition. The residents of the community offer you transport by horses from 80 to 100 soles (25 to 50 USD) depending on the section to be traveled.

Is it possible to do the trek to 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, and 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 $5 to rent. 
  • Backpack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 5
  • There are emergency horses available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, which cost $50.

Extra equipment:

  • Copy of the identity document 
  • Personal medicine kit (bandages, cotton, bandages, alcohol, aspirin, pills for stomach problems, medicines to prevent altitude sickness). 
  • Camera, extra batteries 
  • Boots or shoes for hiking. 
  • Walking stick with rounded rubber tip. 
  • Hat or cap 
  • Long sleeve shirts 
  • Canteen Dehydrated fruits, candies and chocolates 
  • Gloves, scarf, wool stockings. 
  • Raincoats in the rainy season. 
  • Long pants. 
  • Sunscreen. 
  • Sweaters and a jacket 
  • Medium backpack (approx 40 liters) for walks. 
  • Toilet paper. 
  • Warm clothes in case of friajes (sweater and jacket). 
  • Binoculars. 


Peru Rainbow Mountain Tour
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The Rainbow mountain Peru tour is a trek through the Andes villages with living traditions. Cusco is the ideal place for outdoor sports and adventure. The Andean geography of Cusco is plagued by a great number of snow-covered mountains of more than 5,000 meters, lagoons, rivers, bucolic valleys, and picturesque villages.

Cusco has excellent scenarios for mountaineering, trekking, rafting, mountain biking, paragliding and hanging gliding, balloon flights, bungee rides, and horseback riding. Highlighting the mountain circuits such as Ausangate, Salkantay, Choquequirao, and the famed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Surprise yourself with a destination without equal: the Rainbow mountain tour full day. The Vinicunca mountain, known as the Mountain of 7 colors or Rainbow mountain, offers you a dreamlike landscape by having the seven colors of the rainbow stacked one on top of the other. Like a multicolored mantle or the reflection of the rainbow on earth, Vinicunca rises to be admired throughout the year. This destination is almost 5,000 meters high (16,400 feet) and has three hours of walking. The radiant sun will accompany you along the route as well as families of llamas such as llamas or alpacas, sheep, horses, and the imposing landscape of mountains that will be the protagonists of your photographs.


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The adventure begins very early at 04:30 a.m. we will start the pick up for their different lodgings and then go to the picturesque town of Pitumarca south of the city of Cusco, where we will make a stop to provide some necessary things to start the tour as for example water or energy drinks, snack, cereals, etc.  

After this short stop, we will continue our trip where we will observe the multicolored landscapes and crops that mix between the mysterious mountains and snowy mountains, Andean animals such as the llama, alpaca, sheep, vicuñas and the deep valleys. We will arrive at 06:30 am at the picturesque town of Japura (Hanchipata), the starting point of our trek, here we will enjoy a delicious Andean breakfast prepared by our Chef. 

After having enjoyed our breakfast, we will start our trek for 3 and a half hours, up the mountain until we reach the town of Machuraccay and then we will ascend to the foothills of the Vinicunca hill, place of access control to this mystical place. Continuing the walk we will go through a path that little by little will change the landscape between mountains of intense colors and small streams of ice water that feed and give life to this valley, as we walk we will observe how the colors of our surroundings will change by the climate, we will reach an altitude of 5033 meters above sea level. Top of the mysterious mountain of 7 colors (Vinicunca). 

This will be the point where we will have enough time to be able to take pictures, videos, etc. At the same time it will be the place where we will enjoy our refreshment while our sight delights with the magic that the mountains enclose behind their veil of clouds and snowy peaks, after such exquisite experience we will undertake the return walk to the town of Japura (Hanchipata) where We will have a delicious buffet lunch prepared by our cook, later we will return to Cusco arriving at around 6:00 p.m., so we finish the walk to the mountain of 7 colors. 

Note: During the ascent we will have a backup horse in case of an emergency.


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