Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour – Rainbow Mountain Hike


Full day


5 200 m.s.n.m.


3.4 km


Level 3: Average

Tour Guide



Palccoyo - Vinicunca

Overview – Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour

Embark on a memorable journey with Andean Trekking Peru on the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour. We will guide you through the vibrant vistas of this tour, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Peruvian Andes.

Known to the locals as Montaña de Siete Colores, or the Mountain of Seven Colors, the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour showcases one of the most breathtaking mountains in Peru. It offers a palette of dazzling colors under the sun.

As we set off from the historic city of Cusco for the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour, prepare for a day trip filled with adventure and a deep dive into Andean culture. Our tour starts early, maximizing daylight hours to fully experience the magic of the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour.

From Cusco, it’s just a 1.5-hour drive to the start of the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour. We embark on a hike that challenges and rewards in equal measure. The trail demands good fitness due to the high altitude, but is accessible with our expert guidance.

Taking the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour with us ensures full support from  our experienced guides, who are knowledgeable in the region’s geography and history. Our staff is also trained in managing altitude sickness—a common concern at high elevations. Additionally, we share tips and techniques to help you acclimate and enjoy the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour to its fullest.

The trek offers unmatched views of the Andean landscape, climaxing in the awe-inspiring sight of Vinicunca’s colorful strata on the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour. These hues, a result of mineral deposits over millions of years, are a photographer’s dream.

Reaching the famed Mountain of Seven Colors in our Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour is a triumph, Thus, you will get panoramic views that display the vast beauty of the Peruvian Andes. Join us for an unforgettable Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour and witness the spectacular Andean landscapes of Peru.

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour

Explore the Colorful Wonders of the Andes with Us

Discover the majestic Peruvian Andes and immerse yourself in breathtaking natural beauty. Visit Humantay Lake, a sparkling gem nestled in the mountains. Experience the rich history in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Revel in the colorful splendor of the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour. This unique adventure awaits every enthusiastic traveler.

Imagine walking on trails surrounded by vibrant colors on the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour. Capture unforgettable memories with every step you take. The Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour is not just a trip. It’s a journey into the heart of nature. Each moment is filled with awe-inspiring landscapes and cultural treasures.

Join us for the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour and see the world in a new spectrum. Let the hues of the mountains inspire you. The Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour is a highlight that no visitor should miss. Experience it all with Andean Trekking Peru.

Explore Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain with Andean Trekking Peru and discover a world of colors. Book your Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour today and turn your travel dreams into reality.

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour Packing List:

  • Waterproof Hiking Boots: Durable footwear with good ankle support and grip will help navigate the varied terrain.
  • Layered Clothing: The weather can change quickly in the mountains. Wear layers that you can add or remove as needed. Include a moisture-wicking base layer, an insulating layer, and a waterproof outer layer.
  • Sun Protection: High-altitude sun can be intense. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect against UV rays.
  • Water and Hydration System: Staying hydrated is crucial, especially at high altitudes. Carry at least 2 liters (about 68 ounces) of water or a hydration bladder.
  • High-Energy Snacks: Energy bars, nuts, fruit, or chocolate can help maintain your energy levels during the hike.
  • Personal First Aid Kit: Include altitude sickness medication, pain relievers, blister plasters, and any personal medication.
  • Hiking Poles: These can reduce the impact on your knees and assist with balance on uneven terrain.
  • Backpack: A comfortable, lightweight backpack to carry your essentials, with rain protection if possible.
  • Camera or Smartphone: Capture the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant colors of the mountain. Ensure your devices are fully charged.
  • Headlamp or Flashlight: Useful for early morning starts or in case of delays returning in the evening.
  • Rain Gear: A rain jacket and rain cover for your backpack will protect you and your belongings from sudden downpours.
  • Warm Hat and Gloves: Temperatures can drop, especially early in the morning or at the summit, so these are essential for staying warm.
  • Personal Identification: Carry a form of ID and, if applicable, your passport or a copy of it.
  • Cash: For small expenses, tips, or in case you want to purchase local crafts or food.
  • Reusable Water Bottle or Thermos: To avoid littering and to keep your water or beverages at the desired temperature.

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour FAQs

1) What is the recommendable time of year to visit Rainbow Mountain?

We recommend visiting Rainbow Mountain during the dry season, from May to September. This period offers clear skies and safer conditions for hiking. The climate is also colder during the early hours of the morning during this time.

2) How high is Rainbow Mountain?

Rainbow Mountain, or Montaña de Siete Colores, reaches about 5,200 meters above sea level (17,060 ft). It’s a significant hike due to the altitude and rugged terrain.

3) Can I experience altitude sickness on this hike?

Yes, due to the high altitude, hikers may experience altitude sickness. It’s crucial to acclimatize in the city of Cusco before attempting the mountain hike.

4) Is it possible to hire a horse for the Rainbow Mountain hike?

Yes, you can hire a horse to assist with the ascent. This is helpful for those who might struggle with the altitude or the physical demands of the hike.

5) Are tour guides available for the Rainbow Mountain hike?

Yes, local guides are available and highly recommended. They provide valuable insights and ensure a safer experience.

6) How long does the Rainbow Mountain hike take?

The hike to the top of the mountain and back typically takes about 6-7 hours in total. Take in consideration you’ll have 30 minutes at the summit to take pictures and enjoy the views.

7) What other attractions are near Rainbow Mountain?

Humantay Lake, or Laguna Humantay, is another breathtaking site in the Peruvian Andes, close to the Cusco region.

8) What is the difficulty level of the Rainbow Mountain hike?

The hike is considered challenging due to the steep paths and high altitude. Physical preparation and a good physical condition are advised.

9) How can I prepare for the high altitude of Rainbow Mountain?

Spend a few days in the city of Cusco to acclimatize. Stay hydrated, good hydration eases the altitude sickness symptoms. Consider medication for altitude sickness if necessary.

10) Do I need travel insurance for the Rainbow Mountain hike?

Yes, securing travel insurance is recommended for all hikers. It covers potential health issues and accidents related to high altitude treks.


  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation from Cusco to the starting point of the hike. This ensures a comfortable and hassle-free journey to and from the Rainbow Mountain.
  • Professional Tour Guides: Expert guides fluent in English and Spanish will accompany you, providing insights into the area's geography, history, and culture. They are also trained to assist with challenges related to the high altitude.
  • Entrance Fees: All necessary entrance fees to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain are covered. You won't need to worry about any additional costs to access the site.
  • Breakfast and Lunch: Nutritious meals are provided to keep you energized throughout the day. Breakfast usually consists of local Peruvian fare, while lunch is a packed meal enjoyed after the hike.
  • First Aid and Oxygen: For safety, the tour includes first aid kits and oxygen. This is crucial due to the high altitude and potential for altitude sickness among participants.
  • Hiking Poles: To aid in your hike, hiking poles can be provided. These are especially helpful for navigating the uneven terrain and making the trek more manageable.
  • Group Support: Being part of a group offers not only camaraderie but also added security and support throughout the hike.
  • Photographic Opportunities: The tour allows ample time for photography, capturing the stunning landscapes, vibrant colors of the mountain, and panoramic views.
  • Cultural Insights: Interaction with local communities may be part of the experience, offering a glimpse into the Andean way of life.
  • Adaptability to Participants' Pace: The hike is conducted at a pace that suits the group's overall fitness level, with breaks as needed for rest and acclimatization.
  • Travel Insurance: Participants are generally responsible for their own travel insurance. It's important to have coverage for high-altitude hiking and any unexpected incidents.
  • Personal Gear: While hiking poles may be provided, personal gear such as backpacks, hiking boots, and appropriate clothing for variable weather conditions are not included. You will need to bring your own.
  • Snacks and Additional Meals: Breakfast and lunch are included, but you should bring your own snacks or purchase additional food and beverages during the trip.
  • Tips for Guides and Staff: Gratuities for the tour guides, drivers, and any other staff are not included in the tour price. Tipping is optional but appreciated for good service.
  • Water: Participants are often expected to bring their own water or purchase it along the way. Staying hydrated is crucial at high altitudes.
  • Additional Activities: Any activities outside the planned itinerary, such as visits to other sites or cultural experiences not mentioned in the tour description, are not included.
  • Emergency Evacuation Costs: In the unlikely event of an emergency that requires evacuation, the costs associated with this are not covered.
  • Souvenirs and Personal Purchases: Any personal shopping, such as souvenirs or gifts from local markets, is not included in the tour price.
  • Additional Transportation: Any transport not related to the tour itinerary, such as airport transfers or visits to other attractions in the Cusco region, is excluded.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: If meals are included, they typically do not cover alcoholic beverages, which must be purchased separately.

Tour Plan

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour Rainbow Mountain Hike

Embark on a captivating journey to the heart of the Peruvian Andes with the Full day Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour. This adventure unfolds amidst the vivid landscapes and cultural richness of one of Peru's most iconic natural wonders. As we guide you through this unforgettable experience, we'll cover the essential details. We'll also highlight what makes this day trip a must-do for any traveler.

We will start our day early, departing from Cusco to maximize our adventure under the Andean sky. The drive to the trailhead offers scenic views and a glimpse into rural life in the Andes. Upon arrival, we will begin our trek towards Vinicunca. It is also known as the Rainbow Mountain, renowned for its striking colors.

The hike to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain is both challenging and rewarding. We will navigate through stunning landscapes, passing local wildlife and unique flora. The path gradually ascends, revealing the mountain's breathtaking colors as we approach.

Reaching the summit of Rainbow Mountain, we will stand at an impressive altitude. We will be surrounded by panoramic views of the Andean range. Here, we will have time to explore, take photos, and simply soak in the beauty of this extraordinary place. After enjoying the summit, we will begin our descent, returning along the same path to our starting point.

To conclude our day, we will return to Cusco, arriving back in the early evening. This full-day excursion offers the chance to witness one of Peru's natural wonders. It also provides an immersive experience into Andean culture and landscapes.

Key Statistics of the Full day Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour:

  • Distance Covered: The round trip hike covers approximately 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), offering a full day of exploration.
  • Highest Altitude: At the summit, we will reach around 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) above sea level, standing amidst the clouds.
  • Lowest Altitude: The journey begins at 4,326 meters (14,189 feet), where we'll start our ascent from the trailhead.
  • Level of Difficulty: The hike is considered challenging due to the high altitude and steep sections. However, with our expert guidance, it's accessible to those with a moderate level of fitness.

Throughout the tour, we will ensure you are well-informed and prepared for each segment of the trip. Our experienced tour guides will provide insights into the local environment, culture, and history, enhancing your experience. Remember, adequate preparation, including proper acclimatization, suitable clothing, and hiking boots, is key to enjoying this adventure fully.

Join us for the Full day Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour. Allow us to show you the wonders of the Peruvian Andes. This journey promises not only a physical trek but also a voyage through the rich tapestry of Andean culture and natural beauty.

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