Rainbow mountain tours peru, is a tour that depart from cusco, it’s one of our favorite day hikes, that is part of the ausangate mountains range, located on the highland of cusco, at the east of the city, our tour, allows you to enjoy the place at a better time, before the crowds. The Vinicunca mountain, is considered sacred by the locals; that is the reason why the locals go from time to time and do offering, or Andean rituals, where they bury offering consisting in natural products, it is kind of pilgrimage hike: While for us it is an amazing mountain that has several colors, and offers a wonderful 360 degrees view, many colored mountain tops, and it is a land of llamas and alpacas; by the way it is incredibly nice and worth to do this tour.
There are several itineraries to this place: From day tours, and hikes that starts, at other many different places; one of the new, and fantastic itinerary, is the one that starts at Tinqui, and after 3 nights camping, it reach the rainbow mountain.
Our day tour to vinicunca, is one of the best within the day hike itineraries, tour that is recently incorporated to our day hikes. Discover this fantastic mountain, and the picturesque pristine villages in peru, see the llamas and alpacas in its natural habitat, be part or a fantastic day tour to vinicunca, a mountain with several colors that is seen only in china and peru. Our expert local guides will make the difference.
Rainbow mountain tours peru: starts with an early meet up in your hotel, and drive our private transport towar east from cusco city, after about 3 hours’ drive, we’ll reach a highland settlement, which is the last settlement near the vinicunca, the settlement is at“4,426m / 14520ft”, at this place we will stop for breakfast, our cook will make us nutritious breakfast with all the nutrients to provide us enough energy to success this mountain, it is a village of llama farmers, but villagers has found new way of getting their income, they rent their horses to visitors and pull their horses.
We will begin our hike by a gentle flatland and reach a point where we can see locals in line. Something interesting about this tours is, the fact that locals wear their traditional colorgul clothes, as we walk after about 20 minutes will arrive to the control and pay for the park. Then we will walk towards the rainbow mountain, during this tour we will cover about 4.17miles / 08kms. Along the hike we will see nice mountains covered by highland grass named Icchu, we will also see llamas, alpacas and locals with colorful dress, the trail is gentle uphill and some small steep part, as we gain altitude we can start seeing reddish color mountains, after about 2.2 hours we finally summit the rainbow mountain “5,000m / 16, 404ft” approximately.
The summit of vinicunca offers a magnificent scenic view, many mountains that are colorful, most of them are reddish, we will have time to explore the area and climb up to a higher point to make some unique pictures, then after a good time to enjoy it, we will return, since we did all uphill , now the trail is all gentle downhill, we will arrive to our village and have lunch made by our cook, after lunch we will board our exclusive transport and return to Cusco arriving back at around 18:00 hrs, at arrival our guide will escort you to your hotel, where our service ends.
As an optional service, for all our private service, we offer visit to the the famous inca bridge, at no extra cost.
We have daily departures, no minimum or maximum needed, all set in private tour, special discount for groups.