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Rainbow Mountain

  • Duration1 Day
  • Max Altitude5200 m.a.s.l
  • ServicePrivate / Group
  • TrasportationVan
  • DifficultyModerate


Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca or Montaña de Siete Colores, is a breathtaking natural wonder located in the Andes of Peru. What makes this mountain truly extraordinary is its vibrant and diverse palette of colors, ranging from deep reds and purples to shades of turquoise and gold. These colors are a result of the mineral deposits in the region, creating a surreal and visually stunning landscape.

The mountain is part of the Ausangate Range and stands at an impressive altitude of about 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) above sea level. The high elevation adds to the challenge and adventure of reaching the summit, providing trekkers with not only a remarkable visual experience but also a sense of accomplishment.


  • Trekking
  • Horse riding
  • ATV
  • Photography

Price Includes

  • English speaking, experienced and professional guide
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • 2 Meals / day
  • PrivateTransport

Price Excludes

  • Tips for the driver and guide.
  • Horses, which can be rented at the trailhead (100 soles roundtrip)
  • Trekking Poles - $15

What to Expect

When visiting Rainbow Mountain, you can expect a unique and captivating experience. Here’s what to anticipate:



  • Scenic Trek: A challenging but rewarding trek through the Andean landscapes, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Colorful Striations: Witness the breathtaking beauty of Rainbow Mountain with its vibrant and distinct color bands, a result of mineral deposits in the region.
  • Altitude Challenge: The high altitude of around 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) requires acclimatization, so be prepared for thinner air and potential altitude-related effects.
  • Unique Geological Formations: Explore the layered mineral deposits, showcasing intricate patterns on the mountain's slopes, providing a fascinating geological display.
  • Cultural Interactions: Opportunities to engage with local communities and learn about their traditions, adding a cultural dimension to your journey.
  • Photographic Opportunities: Capture the surreal landscapes, vivid colors, and panoramic vistas for unforgettable photographs.
  • Weather Variability: Be prepared for changing weather conditions, including possible rain or snow, as the climate can be unpredictable at high altitudes.
  • Sense of Accomplishment: Experience a sense of achievement as you reach the summit and take in the breathtaking views, making the challenging trek worthwhile.


Day 1 - Cusco - Cusipata -Rainbow Mountain - Cusco

Embark on an extraordinary Rainbow Mountain Trek Adventure with a 4:00 am hotel pick-up. Our 3-hour scenic drive through the South Valley unveils Inca terraces, traditional villages, and Andean peaks. Breakfast amidst alpacas and llamas precedes a short van ride to the beginning of the hike (4,638m/15,216ft).

Following a stream, the 1.5-hour hike reveals Ausangate Mountain’s majesty and offers cultural interactions with local Quechua communities. Learn about traditional clothing and don iconic Quechua hats. Upon reaching Rainbow Mountain (5,020m/16,466ft), immerse yourself in the vibrant landscape for approximately 30 minutes.

Extend the adventure with a 45-minute hike to the Red Valley, soaking in its colorful beauty. Finally, a return hike leads to the trailhead. Opt for a horse rental from locals at the trek’s start. Concluding our journey, a 3-hour drive back to Cusco ensures a 4:00pm arrival at your hotel. Experience the magic of Rainbow Mountain with us!

For a day hike at Rainbow Mountain, it's crucial to pack essentials for comfort, safety, and enjoyment. Here's a checklist of items to bring:

• Daypack:
A small backpack to carry your essentials.
• Comfortable Clothing:
Dress in layers to accommodate changing weather conditions.
Long-sleeved shirt, lightweight jacket, and a waterproof outer layer.
• Hiking Boots:
Sturdy, comfortable hiking boots with good traction.
• Headwear:
Hat or cap for sun protection.
Beanie or hat for warmth at higher elevations.
• Sun Protection:
Sunscreen with high SPF.
Sunglasses to shield your eyes from UV rays.
• Hydration:
Water bottle or hydration system to stay well-hydrated at high altitudes.
Consider bringing water purification tablets in case you need to refill from natural sources.
• Snacks:
Energizing snacks like trail mix, granola bars, or fruits.
• Camera/Phone:
Capture the stunning landscapes, but make sure your electronics are well-protected from the elements.
• Rain Gear:
Lightweight, packable rain jacket or poncho in case of unexpected rain.
• Personal Items:
Personal identification and any necessary permits.
Basic first aid kit (band-aids, pain relievers, altitude sickness medication).
• Trekking Poles:
Optional but can be beneficial, especially during steep ascents and descents.
• Gloves:
Warm gloves if you’re hiking in colder conditions.
• Personal Hygiene Items:
Hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and tissue.
– Binoculars for bird watching or enjoying distant views.
– Portable battery charger for your electronic devices.
– Cash for tipping guides or purchasing items from local vendors.
– Remember to pack sensibly, considering the weather and terrain. Always check with your tour operator for any specific recommendations based on the season and current conditions.

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