Description of Rainbow Mountain Peru day trip

The Rainbow Mountain Peru day trip, is just one of the majestic natural attractions found on the way to the Apu Ausangate. Vinicunca Mountain offers dreamlike landscapes where you can appreciate and enjoy spectacular views, as well as vicuñas, alpacas and llamas. It is no wonder that this destination is catalogued as one of the top 100 tourist destinations to visit. The spectacular rainbow mountain has to be top of the list of most traveller´s perfect tour of Peru so let us help you with this unique natural destination.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Cusipata – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco - Approximately 10 hours round trip from Cusco

Early, at the pre-arranged time, our guide will collect you from your Cusco hotel to head out to Collasuyo, found in a Southern direction from the ancient Inca capital, Cusco. This formed part of the important “tawantinsuyo” (the 4 ancient regions of the Incas). Our first stop will be 2 hours out of Cusco, 78 km away, at the Paucarpata (CUSIPATA) community, where we will have a short rest to buy water, snacks etc and enjoy a buffet breakfast. After which, we will continue for another hour along the highway until we arrive at our basecamp of PHULAWASIPATA. Here we will get ready for our hike to the Rainbow Mountain, which is a gradual 2 hour, uphill hike (3.5km). Along the way, we will have the opportunity to see the impressive Hatun Ritti Glacier, standing at a whopping 4925m. The distinctive varieties of South American camelids and the stunning reflection of the Puka Qocha y Qomer qocha lagoons, will accompany us along the way. On arrival at the magnificent Rainbow Mountain, you will have plenty of time to take photos and videos of this enigmatic, coloured mountain as well as the impressive surrounding countryside. We will then begin our descent back towards the base camp for approximately 1h 30m (3.5km). where our transport will be waiting to take us to the town of Paucarpata, where we will enjoy a well-deserved delicious lunch. After lunch we Will begin our journey back to Cusco City, arriving at 6pm approximately, where we will drop you off at your hotel.

Includes

What's Included

  • Assistance and briefing about the trip 1 or 2 days before the trip, where you Will be explained the itinerary in detail and given a detailed map of The Rainbow Mountain area.
  • Transportation from your Cusco hotel to the Rainbow Mountain base camp (return).
  • Entrance Ticket
  • 2 walking sticks for the duration of the hike to The Rainbow Mountain
  • 1 Rain poncho (weather is unpredictable, even in the dry season!)
  • 1 Hearty breakfast and hot drinks
  • 1 Delicious lunch
  • First Aid Kit/ Oxygen tank / basic medical supplies/ high altitude medication, etc.
  • Professional guide, trained in high-altitude mountain rescue

What's Not Included

  • Extra Drinks (except those mentioned)
  • Extra food or snacks not mentioned
  • Extra spending money
  • Airfares
  • Emergency horse (S/ 80.00 - S/100.00) This decision will be made at the base camp.
  • Dinner

What to bring

  • Comfortable trekking shoes /boots
  • Back pack 20L o 30L
  • Shirts /T shirts
  • 1 trekking trousers
  • Warm jacket
  • Coca leaves, chocolate bars, snacks
  • Beanie, sunhat and gloves
  • Sunscreen, toilet paper
  • Sunglasses, water bottle
  • Personal medicines (for headaches, anti-inflammatories, prescription medications etc)
  • Extra money in soles and small denominations

Prices

Service Travelers Prices (2023)
Group 1 person US$
55.00

FAQS about the Rainbow Mountain Peru day trip

What is the Rainbow Mountain?

The Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca or the mountain of the seven colors, is an impressive geological formation. It is characterized by its astonishing tonalities that range from red, green, yellow, to turquoise, creating a unique and spectacular landscape.

Where is the Mountain of 7 Colors located?

The rainbow mountain is located in the Andes Mountain Range, in the region of Cusco, Peru. To reach it, visitors must depart from the city of Cusco and head towards the town of Cusipata; the journey continues along a rugged road to the community of Chillihuani. From here, the hike to the colorful mountain begins.

What is the best time of the year to take the Rainbow Mountain Tour?

The best time to take the Rainbow Mountain Tour is during the dry season, which typically runs from May to october. During these months, the weather is more stable, there is less chance of rain, and the panoramic views are clearer and more spectacular.

How long does the Rainbow Mountain take from Cusco?

The Rainbow Mountain Tour from Cusco usually lasts a full day. The travel time from Cusco to the starting point of the hike, “Chillihuani,” may vary, but it generally takes around 3 to 4 hours.

Is it necessary to be in good physical condition to do the hike?

Yes, it is advisable to be in good physical condition to undertake the hike to the Mountain of 7 Colors. The route involves walking at high altitudes and on uneven terrain, so good physical condition will help you enjoy the experience more satisfactorily.

What is the top altitude reached during the hike?

During the hike to the Mountain of 7 Colors, hikers will reach a maximum altitude of approximately 5,200 meters above sea level. It is essential to be prepared to face the altitude and take precautions to avoid altitude sickness.

How much does the entrance to the Mountain of 7 Colors cost?

The cost of the entrance to the Mountain of 7 Colors is 25 Soles for foreigners and 15 Soles for nationals.

What is the difference between regular trekking and trekking with horses?

Regular trekking involves walking and hiking on foot, while trekking with horses offers the option of riding a horse for those who want less hard experience or require assistance during the hike.

What is the difficulty level of the hike, and what type of terrain is encountered?

The hike to the Mountain of 7 Colors presents a moderate difficulty level due to the altitude and mountainous terrain. Hikers will encounter uneven and steep trails, so adequate physical effort is required to complete the journey.

Can I do the tour if I have never hiked before?

Yes, it is possible to do the rainbow mountain even if you have never hiked before. However, it is important to be aware of the challenges involved and be physically and mentally prepared to face the hike.

Are there options for vegetarians or people with special diets during the tour?

Yes, many tour agencies offer options for vegetarians and people with special diets during the tour. It is advisable to inform the tour company of your dietary requirements in advance to ensure that you have suitable options during the trip.

Is it safe to do the tour during the rainy season?

Doing the tour to the rainbow mountain during the rainy season may present greater challenges due to the weather conditions and the possibility of mud on the terrain. It is recommended to carefully assess the weather conditions before planning the trip and to follow the guide’s instructions during the hike.

Is it possible to book the tour with short notice, or should it be planned in advance?

While it is possible to book the tour with short notice in some cases, it is recommended to plan in advance to ensure availability and avoid last-minute setbacks, especially during the high tourist season.

Can I do the Vinicunca Tour with young children or babies?

It is possible, but it is not recommended to do the Vinicunca Tour with very young children or babies due to the terrain conditions and the altitude. The hike can be demanding and poses physical challenges that could negatively affect young children.

It is recommended that children be old enough and in good physical condition to handle the hike and the altitude.

What is the maximum capacity of people per group during the hike?

The maximum capacity of people per group ranges from 8 to 30 people. Perú Grand Travel handles groups from 8 to 15 people.

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