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Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Full Day

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Full Day

1 Day from $ USD 100.00

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Full Day

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Full Day

43 Reviews | Min Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl) | Max Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl) | 5 Days from $ 1 900.00
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$ USD 100.00
1 Day
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 10
Physical Level
Not Included


The Vinicunca Mountain, better known as the 7 Colors Mountain or the Rainbow Mountain, is one of the most impressive mountains of the Apu Ausangate next to the Red Valley. This impressive mountain is currently the second most visited tourist destination in Peru, after Machu Picchu.

The day trip to Rainbow Mountain is an adventure for all those who love dazzling and beautiful landscapes.

Trip Details

  • Location of the tour: It is located on the road to the Ausangate snow-capped mountain between the districts of Cusipata, province of Quispicanchi in the Cusco Region,
  • Type of tour: Hiking, adventure
  • Good for: Those with a sense of adventure and in good shape.
  • Temperature: Cold, the temperature can drop below 0 degrees at night.
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Considerations: Enjoy the incredible colors of the mountains before they are crowded by the public. This way you will be able to take impressive pictures for your social networks or simply for your personal and family memories.
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Rainbow Mountain Full Day

In this 1 Day Rainbow Mountain Trekking program, the tour starts early in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at approximately 4:00 a.m.

We will travel in our tourist transportation about two hours south until we arrive to the village of Cusipata, where we will enjoy a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, we will continue our journey for 1 hour to the beginning of the trail, known as Phulawasipata, where we will begin our hike. The hike will last approximately 1 to 2 hours to the Vinicunca Pass, the classic viewpoint of the rainbow mountain.

On the way we will appreciate the typical landscape and the flora and fauna of the Andes, including Llamas and Alpacas. Arriving at the viewpoint of Vinicunca or Colored Mountain (5020 m / 16,466 ft.), our guide will give us a description of the orography, ecosystem and color of the mountain.

Then we will return by the same route to the point where we started the hike, where our transportation will be waiting for us to take us back to the town of Cusipata; here we will enjoy a buffet lunch, finishing lunch we will start the return trip to Cusco city.

Physical Level

1, Easy

What to Bring

  • Day pack
  • Hiking shoes
  • Walking sticks
  • Warm clothes
  • Scarf and gloves
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho
  • Hat or Cap to protect you from the sun or the cold
  • Sun Block
  • Sunglasses
  • Water and Snacks
  • Camera


Carry a day pack with the following items:

  • Warm clothing: The colorful mountain tour is NOT that frigid; especially if we get a sunny day; however, remember that the cold is felt at the top of the mountain and for this you should bring: a light but warm jacket, a sweater or sweater, a scarf, a cap and your wool gloves that will help protect you when you are taking your best pictures or just enjoying the Vinicunca mountain scenery.
  • Food: take mineral water to keep you hydrated, some snacks such as: nuts, chocolates, candies, cookies, etc.. These will help you to recover the energy demanded by the hike.
  • Other personal items: Rain poncho, sunglasses or sunglasses, sun block, trekking shoes, extra shoes and/or sandals to rest your feet on the bus.
  • Money: Don’t forget to bring some extra money in soles for your personal expenses for snacks, mineral water, soft drinks or sodas, horse service and tips.
  • IMPORTANT: Remember that many of these products are also available locally, so if you prefer to support the locals, you can buy them from them on the spot and avoid carrying them from Cusco.

Beware of children: The Seven Colors Mountain Tour is not recommended for children under 8 years old. In case of coming with minors, you should choose to arrive to Vinicunca on horseback.

Previous acclimatization: It is important to acclimatize to the climate of the city of Cusco at least 1 day before the tour. The 7 Colores Mountain is 5,036 meters above sea level.

Weather: The weather in the mountain is changeable. In the months of June, July and August, snow can cover the landscape. Information on the weather conditions for the day of the visit is recommended.

Difficulty level: The 7 Colores Mountain 1 Day Tour has a moderate to high difficulty. It is recommended to do some hiking or running a few days or weeks before the tour.

Vinicunca is considered by National Geographic Magazine as one of the places you must visit before you die.

Vinicunca, also known as the Seven Colored Mountain or Rainbow Mountain, is a natural wonder on the way to Ausangate. During this full day excursion you will be able to visit this beautiful mountain, and see from the top the colors that characterize it as well as an impressive view of the Ausangate apu.

Pricing List

What to Bring

  • Day pack
  • Hiking shoes
  • Walking sticks
  • Warm clothes
  • Scarf and gloves
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho
  • Hat or Cap to protect you from the sun or the cold
  • Sun Block
  • Sunglasses
  • Water and Snacks
  • Camera

Faqs Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Full Day

What is the reason for the colors of the Vinicunca mountain?

The coloration of the mountain of the 7 colors or Vinicunca is natural and is due to the richness of minerals that houses its soil, product of sedimentary rocks, these colors are appreciated thanks to the erosion of the soil.

What is the best time for the Vinicunca 1 day tour?

Some tourists return to Vinincunca with the disappointment of finding it covered in snow, without the colors and shades that characterize it.

This occurs mainly during the rainy season (November to March). During these months, the rainfall from the rivers and the climate cause the Seven Colors Mountain to be covered with snow. During the dry season, which lasts from April to October, the landscape is illuminated by bright sunshine that brings out the different colors of the mountain. Therefore, the best time to do the Vinicunca 1-day excursion is during the dry season: from April to October.

What is the altitude during the Vinicunca 1 day tour?

Below we show you the altitudes during the Vinicunca Mountain Tour from Cusco:

Where is the Vinicunca Red Valley and how can I visit it?

The Red Valley is located 20 minutes walk from the Colored Mountain and is red due to the minerals it contains.

If you wish to visit the Red Valley of Vinicunca, you will have to pay an additional entrance fee of 1 Sol (3 USD). Let us know when you make your reservation if you wish to add this excursion to your 7 Colors of the Mountain Tour.

Is it dangerous to do the Vinicunca Mountain Tour from Cusco?

The symptoms of altitude sickness usually disappear with time. We provide a first aid kit included in the price of the Vinicunca Mountain Tour from Cusco. In addition, the tour guide is trained to deal with emergency situations.

Are there toilets on the way to the Seven Colors Mountain Tour?

Yes, the locals have provided toilets during the full day Vinicunca excursion. These services cost 1 Peruvian sol (0.3 USD).

Can I get a horse on my own?

Yes, many locals offer their horses at the checkpoint before starting the trek to the 7-color mountain. However, in high season (April to October) all horses can be reserved. We recommend that you talk to your guide when you start the Vinicunca 1 Day Tour.

Mario Ordoñes Quispe Salvida

In Cusco, I am your travel specialist, with more than 10 years of experience organizing adventure trips.

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