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Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour – Apu Vinicunca from Cusco

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Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour Details
Apu Vinicunca from Cusco

Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour is a high-altitude experience in the Vilcabamba Mountain Range. Rainbow Mountain Peru is the second most visited attraction in Cusco region, after Machu Picchu. The full day tour to Apu Vinicunca from Cusco attracts over 800 trekkers a day. 

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain of Cusco, as it is popularly known among locals as one of the sacred mountains. It rises to 5200 meters above sea level (17060 feet). The seven-colored mountain nestles close to the mighty Apu Ausangate peak which is the tallest in the region. It dominates the southern skyline of Cusco city on a clear day. 

Accompanied by our local English-speaking tour guide, on this full day tour to Apu Vinicunca from Cusco, you will be getting a detailed insight into the life of the Andean community. People living here have maintained their age-old traditions and customs and are untouched by modernity. 

Rainbow Mountain Tour is somewhat challenging, especially if you are not acclimated to the high altitude. We highly recommend you to spend at least 3-4 days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness. 

We are a fully locally owned tour operating company based in Cusco. Our tour guides are professional mountaineering experts. They are trained in first aid. 

On all our high altitude treks, we carry Oxygen Tanks to provide immediate assistance in case of altitude sickness. 

Best Time to Visit Apu Vinicunca from Cusco:

Rainbow Mountain is high up in the Peruvian Andes. The weather conditions are quite unpredictable here. Although, normally it is subject to two seasons – dry season and rainy season. 

It rains in the Andes from November to March. It often gets cloudy and the trail gets slippery. The best time to experience Rainbow mountain Trek is during the dry season, between March and October. 

We operate the tour to Apu Vinicunca from Cusco both in private and in small groups. 

Do take a moment to check our reviews on Tripadvisor.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0430 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional English speaking mountaineering expert
  • Pick up from your hotel and drop off
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Entrance Fees
  • First aid kit and oxygen cans

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Coca Leaves
  • Snacks
  • Hiking Boots and Hiking Poles
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
Itinerary

Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour - Apu Vinicunca from Cusco

Your epic Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour begins with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco at 0430. In our private transport, we will be driving you for two hours to a remote Andean village called Cusipata. Here, we will be serving you breakfast. 

After breakfast, we will be driving for an hour to the starting point of the trek. 

The tour guide will be giving you a safety briefing and will be giving you some tips on hiking the Andes. If you are not feeling good to hike, you can rent a horse from the community here at an additional cost. 

Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour begins with a gradual uphill hike for two hours. Along the way, you will be rewarded with sights of the Peruvian highland farms and villages. You will also get to see the snow-capped peak of the mighty Ausangate mountain at a distance. 

You will have plenty of opportunities to spot the Andean camelids – Alpacas and Llamas throughout the hike.

Once you reach the summit, our guide will be explaining to you the prominence of the peak and Ausangate in the Andean mythology. We will also show you the tradition of Apacheta which is performed by Andean Priests (Shamans) using coca leaves. 

You will have plenty of time to soak in the mesmerizing views of this impressive Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca. 

Once you have had your fill of the beautiful landscape, and have finished the tour, we will begin to hike down to the starting point of the trek. We will then embark on a drive back to Cusipata village where we will be serving a buffet lunch. 

After lunch, we will be driving you back to Cusco City. You will be reaching Cusco by 06:00 PM. 

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Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour

Best time to visit the Rainbow Mountains of Peru?

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain is a part of the Andean mountain range. It is subject to two seasons, dry season and wet season. We highly recommend you to hike the Rainbow Mountain during the dry season – between March and November. 

How high is Rainbow Mountain in Peru?

The summit of the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain is 5200 meters (1700 feet) above sea level. 

Where in Peru is Rainbow Mountain?

The Rainbow Mountains of Vinicunca are located in the South of Cusco near a town named Cusipata. It is en-route to Puno.

Is Rainbow Mountain Peru worth it?

The Rainbow Mountains of Peru are without a doubt a great destination to visit. The most known are the Vinicunca and Palccoyo rainbow mountains. Both are located in the region of Cusco and create a multicolored landscape, very unusual in the Andes. The Rainbow Mountains obtained their unique colors from the erosion produced by the nearby glaciers, which collected all kinds of minerals for millions of years.

How far is Rainbow Mountain from Cusco?

Full day tour to Rainbow Mountain is one of the popular activities in Cusco. It lies around 100 kilometers (62 miles) to the south of Cusco city. The tour starts with a four hours drive early in the morning from Cusco City. 

How to get to the Rainbow Mountains in Peru?

The easiest and most practical way to get to the Rainbow Mountains in Peru is by signing up for a full-day tour from Cusco City. It is somewhat an off-road experience so it could be challenging or rather impossible in finding public transport from certain remote communities. 

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Darwin

Solo Traveller

I had been to Rainbow Mountain before, however in my previous trip I could barely see the colours as it was covered under dense cloud. I chose to travel again but this time with Erickson. The experience was amazing.

Luis Ttito was the organiser and did everything just above and beyond. It was a very small group which was ideal due to the ongoing global pandemic. They complied with all measures of COVID-19.

The “trek” was absolutely fantastic. Although a high altitude experience, I barely felt anything as I did my trek in Huaraz just days before.

Rainbow Mountain is quite a unique place to visit. The natural formations are spectacular. To ass it, the trip was more awesome with such a professional team of crew from Erickson.
Wanted to do the red valley too but could not hike as one day is not enough. Gives me a reason to visit Peru again and visit the Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley with Erickson.

Highly recommend this. Gracias Luis!

December 23, 2021

Sreeram Hariharan

Solo Traveller

The trip was fabulous. I enjoyed every moment of the trek with Luis. The booking process was smooth and easy.

On the day of the trek, they picked me up from the hotel on time. The crew took great care in complying with all protocols of COVID-19.

The drive from Cusco was a bit longer but had fun seeing the countryside of the Peruvian highland. We had a couple of stops along the way to use the restroom and for breakfast.

The trek is mind-blowing. I wasn’t expecting to see so many local farmers. The guide explained everything in detail.

The view from the summit is stunning. Got a very closer look at the mighty Ausangate peak.

The food they serve is delicious. Quite traditional meal and as a vegetarian, I had no problems.

All in all, I would give a 10/10 for this whole experience.

December 22, 2021
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