Rainbow Mountains

The mountain of seven colors, Mountain Rainbow (Rainbow Mountain) or better known by the locals as Cerro Colorado, is located in Vinicunca, province of Quispicanchis, about 100 km from the city of Cusco.

Its geological formations reveal all its splendor, in contrast to the blue sky forming a formidable bar between the desert of the coast and the Amazon jungle, dominated by the beautiful snowy Ausangate at 6,384 masl.

The altitude of the mountain is approximately 5,000 masl. It is located in the district of Pitumarca (In the province of Canchis – region of Cusco, in the south of the country). Ausangate is considered the most important mountain of the Andean worldview.

In this tour, hiking is combined with sightseeing of a beautiful landscape and enjoying the nature of a mountain. It will truly make you feel alive and close to the earth. The mountain of Vinicunca, also known as the Rainbow Mountain, provides a combination of colors that you can hardly see elsewhere in the world.

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco between 04:30 and 04:45 a.m. We drive three hours and arrive at Quesiuno, which is located at 4,320 masl. At Quesiuno, we also provide your breakfast. We start our hike at the altitude of 4,200, and we have to climb to an altitude of around 5,100. Our group will have a very experienced and professional guide. After two to three hours hiking, we arrive at the top. We will hike through small traditional villages and see the local people with their colorful dresses. The stunning colors of the Rainbow Mountain are natural formations of minerals. At the top, we have a beautiful view of the red colored mountains, streams and herds of alpacas and llamas and the south side of Ausangate ranges of mountains. It is now time to explore the area, to rest and to enjoy our packed lunch. For around 30 to 45 minutes, we will have time to take pictures and soak in the environment. Afterwards, we start our three hour hike back downhill through the same way we ascended. Our bus will be waiting for us when we return, where after it takes around three hours to drive back to Cusco. The approximate arrival time in Cusco is between 6 and 7 p.m.

This travel itinerary is very detailed. Because of circumstances – weather, time to pick up people, South American culture – we cannot guarantee that you will carry out this itinerary perfectly. This travel itinerary should be used as a guideline.

  • Tourist Transport (Round Trip)
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • First Aid kit
  • Oxygen kit
  • Entrance fee (30 soles)
  • Horse in case you don’t feel like walking
  • Personal identification
  • 2-3 liters drinking water
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses and sunhat
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles
  • Personal medical kit
  • Clothing – prepare for some cold weather, we’re at great height!
    • Jacket
    • Fleeces
    • Gloves/scarfs/hats for the cold blooded
    • Thermal clothing
    • Warm socks
    • Good walking shoes

Rainbow Mountains

one day tour


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