Join us for the Rainbow Mountain Peru Day Trip From Cusco named Vinicunca with plan rainbow mountain day hike with a red valley, and guided by an expert local tour guide at your own pace, and therefore this place is located in Cusco Peru, and hiking Rainbow Mountain Day Trip From Cusco city is with picking you up at your hotel, and drop you off too, and moreover, we are the best rainbow mountain operator since we work with an experienced team, and also you can read our real reviews from our real customers.
Firstly, we ride our private transport, through a nice valley full of corn crops and eucalyptus trees for 2 hours, then 45 minutes drive is through a dirt road and starts passing through some farmers houses, then after 20 minutes, we see some llamas, alpacas, and agricultural terraces, at the slope part of the Andes mountains, if it is the rainy season you get the chance to see the red small river, along the trail.
Also, along with the route, we see plenty of alpacas, llamas animals, and living culture people, who live in houses made of mudbrick and speak Quechua language, so this language has been spoken in Machupicchu Inca city, 600 hundred years ago and that means, they are Inca people, and nowadays work as horsemen for this rainbow mountain Vinicunca.
Therefore, trekking this rainbow mountain named Vinicunca is much better than the classic Inca Trail to Machupicchu, since, no limit number of people, and only in this day hike, you see many llamas and alpacas animals, then red valley plus the rainbow mountain, and moreover you see the famous snow-capped mountain named Ausangate, located at 6,150 masl (20,177 ft)
Rainbow Mountain Peru
Nature has inexplicable quirks. On a few occasions, it seems that he strives to show us beauty and almost artistic sensibility. And when this happens, places like the Rainbow Mountain appear, where it seems that the earth was taken as a canvas and the colors of geology created a masterpiece.
So, Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, is well known for being one of the most beautiful cities in South America, for its nearby Sacred Valley, full of unique ruins, and also for being a used city of trampoline to visit the precious Macchu Picchu. What the vast majority of travelers ignore is that just 170 kilometers southwest of Cusco, the rainbow fell from the sky to merge with the Andes of Peru.
Surprisingly, until very recently, this geological miracle was practically unknown. The Rainbow Mountain, or also known as Vinicunca in its indigenous denomination, is in the heart of the longest mountain range on the planet (7,240 km) and perhaps that is also why it is one of its best treasures. All those who have been there agreed that the place has soul, energy, a magic that makes it unique.
Rainbow Mountain And Red Valley Tour
These two beautiful places are located in the cordillera of Vilcanota to the Southeast of Cusco city in Peru country, and the journey takes 2 hours and 45 minutes from Cusco city to the beginning of the trail, then firstly, you hike to the viewpoint of the rainbow mountain named Vinicunca, and afterward, you hike to the famous red valley with finishing at the bus terminal, then back to Cusco city.
Moreover, for this day hike adventure Rainbow Mountain with Red Valley, we carry an oxygen tank for the altitude sickness and some medical kit, so your day hike will be in a safe way with us.
Also, this day trek is the most recommended at Cusco Peru, after Machupicchu Inca city, since this hike is peaceful and arrive at the magic viewpoint for this famous rainbow mountain named Vinicunca, then also watch the Ausangate glacial mountain, and afterward hiking through the red valley, which is like walking on the Mars planet.
Itinerary For Rainbow Mountain Tour Full Day In Peru
We pick you up at 5:am, then we ride our car for 2 hours, then some breakfast, afterward still we ride our car for 45 minutes until the beginning of the rainbow mountain day hike, named Llacto located at 4,200 masl(13,779 ft), then we hike for 2 hours and 20 minutes uphill trail, with some gentle parts until the official viewpoint for the rainbow mountain.
At the viewpoint, we will be rewarded with amazing views located at 5,200 masl ( 17,060 ft) and also, we see the snow-capped mountain named Ausangate, after some photos, we are back to the beginning of the road, hiking downhill with some gentle parts for an hour 40 minutes, then ride the car for 30 minutes to the lunch place, afterward back to Cusco city for 2 hours ride.
Note: Also we can hike to the famous red mountains and red valley, after the view of the rainbow mountain Vinicunca, so the hike takes 2 hours at a good pace from the beginning to the end, mainly the hike is downhill then uphill, and then some gentle path and afterward is just downhill, then by the end is a bridle path mainly gentle to the car place.
- Distance hiked: 7 km / 4 miles
- 2 hours and 30 minutes gentle uphill with a steep climb for 20 minutes at the end
- Hike way back downhill for an hour and 35 minutes
- Starting / minimum altitude: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
- Maximum altitude: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
- Overall trek difficulty: Difficult
Included For Rainbow Mountain Day Hike
- Experienced mountain guide
- Private car round trip
- Some food, breakfast, and lunch
- Oxygen tank for high altitude
- Hiking sticks
- The entrance fees
Bring For Rainbow Mountain Day Hike
- Water and some snacks
- Rain jacket or rain poncho
- Sunblock factor 35+ recommended
- Sunglasses and sun hat, some warm gloves
- Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
- Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
Our Trek Difficulty In Rainbow Mountain
- Challenging for 20 minutes
Price For Rainbow Mountain Day Hike
- US$ 100 Per person: Private group (included, entrance fees and breakfast, lunch, cooked by our chef)
- US$ 30 Shared group: Included entrance fees and breakfast, lunch
- Rainbow mountain with hike red valley: $100 per person on the private group
- Hike rainbow mountain with a red valley in the shared group: $50 per person
Also, we can just charge you the taxi and tour guide, since we are a local company based at Cusco city
- Taxi with an oxygen tank for high altitude: US$110
- Van is: US$135
- The experienced tour guide who can help you with the high altitude: US$80
Rentals For Rainbow Mountain Day Hike
- We give you some hiking poles for free
Note: We do some discounts for groups, just write to us please for a special discount on our info on the website
how to book it
Book This Rainbow Mountain Day Trip From Cusco
For booking this tour, you have to send us, a deposit of $20 dollars through our Paypal account, and Paypal charge 7% from any amount of money to send, and the %7 is charged to you, so that means you need to send us $22 and then the rest of the money in cash when you arrive in Cusco city and then, you need to send us the following details to our WhatsApp number.
- The date of the tour and type of tour
- Number of people
- Address at Cusco city to pick you up for the following tours
- Email to keep in touch
- Passport copy, the profile side to pay the Peruvian tax
Then, we send you an email confirmation of the deposit and the tour.
Note: The $22 dollars deposit, is for any number of people, for booking this tour, then the rest of the money in Cusco city in cash, it can be in dollars or soles, this is up to you and also please the final payment with good US$ bills, because the broken dollars bills no working in Peru.
This is our Paypal account to send the deposit: firstname.lastname@example.org
How Long Is The Hike Up Rainbow Mountain?
The trekking to the rainbow mountain Vinicunca, taking the route Cusipata is like this. Firstly we ride the car from Cusco city for 2 hours and 45 minutes, then we hike uphill with gentle parts for 2 hours and 40 minutes until the viewpoint.
Then, we hike the way back, mainly downhill with gentle parts for an hour and 45 minutes, then again riding the car for 2 hours and 45 minutes, back to Cusco city.
What Makes The Rainbow Mountain In Peru Colorful???
The mountain colors were formed by sedimentary mineral layers in the mountain that have been exposed by erosion in Peru in the Andes mountains, at Cusco region.
Red color: Composed of clays and clays rich in iron. Green color: Composed of phyllites and clays rich in ferro-magnesian. Brown color: They are earthy, it is a product of rock fanglomerate with magnesium. Mustard yellow color: Composed of calcareous sandstones rich in sulfur minerals.
How To Get To Rainbow Mountain In Peru?
Firstly this rainbow mountain is located in the Cusco region in Peru country, and the way to arrive at the rainbow mountain is by car then hiking.
So, if you are in Cusco city, the itinerary is like this, first, we pick you up at your hotel by 5:30 am, then ride you by car for 2 hours and 35 minutes until the beginning of the road, then we hike 2 hours and 30 minutes up to the viewpoint of the rainbow mountain, then the way back is another an hour with 45 minutes, afterward 2 hours and 30 minutes back to Cusco city.
Also, you can go to the rainbow mountain, from the sacred valley of the Incas, such as Ollantaytambo, Yanahuara, Urubamba, Yucay, Calca, Lamay , Qolla, Pisaq.
Note: For the day hiking to the rainbow mountain, you can hire a horse, for a round trip, and the cost is about 100 soles.