The beautiful Rainbow Mountain in Ausangate Region in Peru used to be a relatively unknown trek. It became very popular a couple of years ago. Rainbow Mountain in Peru is also known as Vinicunca, which means ‘rainbow’ in Quechua, the ancient Inca language of Peru. The mountain gets its name from the many different colours displayed in its mountain peaks; the colors are there, thanks to the minerals in the soil of the mountains.
The beautiful colors
The local people and the llamas
Popular 1 day Tour
When the weather is very bad, the tour can be cancelled
Challenging hike at 5100 meters above sea level
Make sure you acclimatize in Cusco before
Lunch in a local restaurant is included
Recommended: rent a horse at the start of the hike
(this is a sample itinerary of the two-day trek; there are small differences between the different trek operators in Cusco)
The Rainbow Mountain hike starts very early in the morning: between 3.00 and 4.00 am. Return to Cusco is around 19.00.
From the start of the trail, you will climb for approximately 3 hours through stunning landscapes packed with llamas and alpacas, to finally reach the top of Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca.
If you don’t want to walk in the crowds or walk less, you can choose to do the alternative rainbow Mountain or Palccoyo Tour!