WHY RAINBOW
MOUNTAIN?

However, it is very important for travellers to be aware of the dangers involved with tackling such a difficult trek, particularly those who struggle with altitude.

Rainbow Mountain, originally named Vinicunca is one of the most beautiful natural wonders in Latin America but also one of the most difficult mountains you can trek here. Rainbow Mountain is the second most popular tourist destination in the Cusco region after the breathtaking world wonder, Machu Picchu.

However, it is very important for travellers to be aware of the dangers involved with tackling such a difficult trek, particularly those who struggle with altitude.

However, it is very important for travellers to be aware of the dangers involved with tackling such a difficult trek, particularly those who struggle with altitude. Below we have outlined what we provide to make the experience as safe as possible so that you can focus on enjoying this unforgettable experience.

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Why do the Rainbow Mountain Trek?

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Here at Orange Nation we take pride in being the #1 safest tour operator of the beautiful Vinicunca. With a full medical first aid kit and trained first aiders present on every tour, your safety is our number one priority. Each and every tour comes with an oxygen tank to help those who need it to cope with the high altitude, not every tour operator provides this!

We facilitate luxury private tours for a more intimate experience for you and your travel partners as well as regular tours where you can meet like-minded travellers to share this incredible experience with. We provide high quality mini-vans for those who are short on time but still wish to witness Rainbow Mountain in all of its beauty.

We know they are amazing mountains, peaks and hills all over the world, but whoever sees the Ausangate will discover the thousand colors that this famous mountain shows. It’s a geological jewel that is becoming really famous, really fast. For its unmatchable landscapes we know that soon enough this mountain will be one of the top treks in the world. The mountain Ausangate or Vinincunca is located only 100km away from Cusco city and its Peru’s 4th tallest mountain with 6,372 meters high. All their minerals show what you see in the pictures, those beautiful colors (iron oxide, copper sulfide and more)

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Appreciate the natural Rainbow-like colors of the newly discovered Rainbow Mountain Trek, hiking through some secluded communities, in which you may interact with the indigenous people who are still keeping the culture alive!

You will see snowcapped peaks, herds of llamas, glaciers and turquoise lakes, all set within an incredibly colorful mountain range. The Rainbow Mountain trek offers a selection of wildlife including soaring condors, cara cara falcons, and perhaps bobcats or pumas, if you’re lucky. The colorful sandstone mountains in the area are probably the coolest and most unique natural phenomenon you will ever see.

Where is Rainbow Mountain?

The Rainbow mt is located about 3 ½ hours from Cusco by minibus. Found in the Peruvian Andes, Rainbow Mountain – as you could probably guess – is famed for its natural, multi-coloured beauty. It has only recently been discovered by trekkers but is fast becoming one of THE places to visit in South America.

Rainbow Mountain Map

Best Itinerary for the Rainbow Mountain trek

Cusco – Cusipata – Llacto – Rainbow Mt – Llacto – Cusco

The trekking agency will collect you from your hotel foyer at the delightful hour of 4am. Be careful! Some agencies will pick you up at 3am. Check the details of the itinerary before paying for your trek. Regardless of the agency, you will have an early start for your incredible Rainbow Mountain Trek Adventure. You will have a 3-hour scenic drive through the South Valley, there are amazing views of farming Inca terraces, valleys and rocky mountains.

Once you reach the trailhead (beginning of the trail), you will have breakfast before beginning your hike along a flowing stream. Some agencies will bring a cold picnic breakfast and some will cook you a hot breakfast. You will see herds of alpacas and llamas all around you as you have breakfast. You will also have continuous views of the Ausangate Mountain as you hike through different villages and interact with the indigenous people, who are still living their traditional lifestyle.

You will reach your destination – the Rainbow Mountains (5,020m /16,466ft) after a short 1.5 hour hike up. The distance is not great, but the high altitude forces everybody to walk slowly. Don’t be deceived by how easy the trail looks. Even those who are acclimatized to Cusco have to walk slowly. After being awed by their beauty, you will have time to explore the area. You can take pictures and savor the environment. You will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top.

At this point, you hike for another 1 hour back down the way you came. The agency will have private van waiting for you when you return.

You will begin your scenic 3-hours drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel, arriving around 5:00pm – 6:00pm, depending on how fast you hike and how long you wish to stay at the Rainbow Mountain site.

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Prices

Check the prices, itineraries, group sizes and meals before you pick an agency. I hiked with Orange Nation which had a very good price to hike the Rainbow Mountain in a small group.

No. People1 Person2 to 3 People4 to 5 People6 to 8 People
Price170 USD (per person) 77 USD (per person)60 USD (per person)50 USD (per person)
Backpacker couple wearing alpaca sweaters at Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain in Cusco, Peru

My Top Tips

  • Weather can change in seconds when you’re high up – so be sure to pack sunblock, sunglasses, a rain jacket, a hat and wear some thick hiking socks – but also bring a spare pair of socks just in case!
  • Try and beat the altitude with coca tea for breakfast, staying hydrated and maybe taking ibuprofen.
  • Be sure to bring a small backpack with lots of water, snacks and toilet roll.
  • The entrance fee to the park is 10 Soles and usually isn’t included in most Rainbow Mountain Tour packages.
  • Visit the Orange Nation web page for more information to help you prepare.

To get here you need to travel (by your own or with a tour) to the starting trail in the town of Pitumarca, which is not the trailhead. From Pitumarca will walk approximately 3 hours until you arrive to the beginning of the mountain. Then you have to walk about 1.5 to 2 hours until the top, and enjoy one of the best views of the Apu Ausangate.

The walk to the Rainbow Mountain is about 1.5 to 2 hours and it can be a little tricky but is not extremely demanding. (This depends on your physical state).

The entrance is 5 soles for nationals and 10 soles for tourists.

If you’re travelling alone, we recommend starting the trip really early (3 or 4 am)

If you are not sure of making it alone we recommend you taking a tour. It’s not that expensive and most agencies include all the costs.

¿When it’s the best time to see it?

In the dry season from April to October.

¿What should I bring?

  • Sunblock
  • Rain gear
  • Hat, gloves, sunglasses
  • Water (2 liters)
  • Trekking pants and jacket
  • Trekking shoes
  • Snacks, IDS, cameras and cash

We also suggest visiting the Red Valley in Pitumarca, really close to the Rainbow Mountain, which is starting to get more popular.


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