Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Peru or Cerro Colorado as locals call it because of its richly colored soil due to the minerals in it, is located on the way to the sacred mountain of Ausangate, passing by a vivacious green valley, populated by welcoming communities of mountain farmers. The Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Peru is 5,035m/ 16,520ft high and getting there it’s an exciting experience you will not want to miss it if hiking in the Andes is your thing!
Trip to Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca Peru
We will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel at 05:00 hours. It is about a 3-hour ride in our private transportation, during which we will pass through traditional villages and have amazing views of the Andes. After breakfast and once we have reached the parking lot of the Vinicunca community, we will start the trek at 4200m/13780ft). From here, it will be a 2-hour uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountain. Along the way, you will enjoy magnificent views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley. As you reach the summit of the mountain, you will be able to spot some Andean wildlife. This is the only place in Cusco where you can sometimes see wild Vicuñas. Vicuñas are in the same family as llamas, although they are smaller. Their wool is the most expensive wool in the world.
Once we arrive at the top of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to absorb the majesty of the red mountains that surround this area. You will also see amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier Peak in front of you. The Ausangate is the highest mountain in Cusco region (just below 6402m/21000ft), and is part of the Vilcanota Mountain Range. After taking a few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a few condors floating on the air currents), we will begin our descent with a 1-11/2 hour downhill hike. We will start our return trip back to Chilca village to take our private transportation back to Cusco. Return to the hotel at around 16:30 hours.
Difficulty: medium to moderate
Vinicunca altitude: 5200m/17060ft
Hiking duration: 3 hours approx.
Tour type: hiking, off the beaten path adventure
Good for: those with a sense of adventure and in good hiking shape
Meals included: B L
Trek Price per Person
|02 travelers||US$ 175|
|03 travelers||US$ 130|
|04 travelers||US$ 105|
|05 travelers||US$ 95|
|06 travelers||US$ 85|
|07 travelers||US$ 80|
|08 travelers||US$ 75|
|09 travelers||US$ 70|
|10 – 12 travelers||US$ 65|
The Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Peru is customizable. If you would prefer to add destinations to your trip, please let us know in the Comments Section of the Get Free Quote form. You can also fill out our Design Your Trip form or Contact Us form with your specific needs.
- This Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Peru is available every day of the year.
- There is another starting point of the trek which is available during the dry season (mid-April to mid-October) which increases the transportation time by 40min and shortens the trek by 40min.
- Price does not include local sales taxes; as foreign travelers are sales tax exempt according to Peruvian Law.
- If you are looking for a complete experience in Cusco, you can add this hike to our 4-day Machu Picchu Tours.
- Pre-trek briefing.
- Private transportation.
- Private adventure guide.
- Meals according to itinerary.
- Entrance ticket.
- First aid kit.
- International and domestic flights.
- Visas required to enter Peru.
- Airport Taxes.
- Hotel in Cusco.
- Walking poles.