Rainbow Mountain Trek in Cusco at Vinicunca Mountians is one of the popular day trips. This is a journey through the less trodden land with snow capped peaks and wild desert landscapes. The route offers sights of the Peruvian Andes and the famous Andean camelids- herds of Alpacas and Llamas grazing before uncovering the awe-inspiring sight of the renowned Rainbow Mountains. This full day hike is undoubtedly is a special experience.
Rainbow Mountain is known to the locals as “Vinicunca”. It is near the mighty Ausangate mountain. Ausangate is a sacred mountain to locals. The peak “APU” is a mighty father to locals since pre Incan times. Every year local people gather to worship and seek blessings of the “Apu” Ausangate using the sacred coca leaves.
On this full day tour to the Rainbow Mountain from Cusco, you will not only have the chance to see the unbelievable creation of the nature but also get a first hand experience and chance to interact with locals. They have been living in this remote area since decades.
Hiking up to the peak/summit of the Rainbow Mountain you will get to a vantage point from where you would get a 360 degrees pristine view of the stunning landscape that forms the sacred part of Cusco.
We are a fully locally owned tour operator. At Encuentros Peru Adventure, we specialise in high altitude treks. We are one of the certifies tour companies employing mountaineering experts as guides. All our tour guides are locals and have extensively trekked the Ausangate Mountain Range of which Rainbow Mountain is a part.
Our guides are also trained in first aid and on using oxygen if needed. We aim to offer a hassle free and memorable experience to our guests.
It is highly recommended to spend at-least three days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness. The full day Vinicunca tour operates both in small group and private tours.
If you are looking for an easier option, then checkout our day trip to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
Rainbow Mountain, a wonderful natural landscape, located at 5020 meters above sea level, in the community of Vinicunca to the south of Cusco. It takes the name of rainbow mountain thanks to the colours it possesses, a magical place surrounded by mountains and glaciers Never seen before, come and be part of this adventure, Vinicunca awaits you!
Between 0400 AM and 0430 AM we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will the drive through the South Valley of Cusco for almost three hours to Quesinouno community. At Quesinouno community, we will stop for breakfast.
After relishing on a protein rich breakfast, our guide would give you a briefing in which he will share some tips on high altitude hike and would give you a brief introduction to the local community, living there. We will then commence our up hill hike to the summit of the Rainbow Mountains of Cusco, Vinicunca. On the way, you would be rewarded wit sights of llamas and alpacas grazing, snow capped peaks of the mighty Ausangate Mountain and many adobe houses.
Our guide will trail behind ensuring everyone is fairing well. Once we reach to the summit of the Rainbow Mountains of Vinicunca at 5,020 meters / 16,466 feet, you will have some time to walk around and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the seven coloured mountain.
You can also hike further to the red valley.
We normally spend about an hour here, but that depends on how quick you reach up. After seeing the sights from the top, we will start descending to the starting point. It would take approximately two hours.
From Quesinouno community, we will take the transport to the community of Hanchipacha where we will stop for lunch.We will then start ur journey back to Cusco.
Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca are a part of Ausangate Mountain Range. They are located in the south of Cusco.
The colors of the Rainbow Mountain are because of the mineral deposits that has been exposed on erosion. The minerals found here are dolomite, lime, copper, iron, hematite and lead.
The Rainbow Mountain was first seen in 2015. Until then it was covered in a blanket of snow. When the snow started melting gradually the colours started showing up. Which soon became a tourist attraction.
No, Rainbow Mountain is to the South of Cusco, en-route to Puno. Machu Picchu is more on the north west of Cusco.