Surprise yourself with a destination like no other: Rainbow Mountain! Vinicunca Mountain offers you a dream-like landscape with the colors of the rainbow.
Enjoy a one day hike visiting the newly discovered, and now famous rainbow mountains and vicuñas. Due to rich minerals, the mountain is full of deep colors,that créate a unique pattern. You will spend a day in the andes and make your way by foot to this hidden mountain. It will be a memory you will cherish forever.
2-3 Trekkers US$200 per person
4-6 Trekkers US$175 per person
7+Trekkers US$150 per person
Walking Pole US$8
We will pick you up in Cusco at 4 a.m., from whichever hotel you are staying at within Cusco. It is about a three and a half hour drive in our private van, during which we will pass through traditional villages and see some amazing views of the Andes. When we reach the trail head for this hike, we will stop and enjoy a lovely breakfast, prepared by our trekking chef. After breakfast, we will begin the hike near from Chillca Village, at 4,200 m/13,753 ft elevation. From here, it will be about three hours uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountain. Along the way, you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley. As you reach the summit of the mountain, you will be able to spot some Andean wildlife. This is the only place in Cusco where you can see wild Vicuñas, the Andean camel. Vicuñas are in the same family as llamas, although they are smaller. Their wool is the most expensive wool in the world.
Once we arrive at the top of Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to absorb the majesty of the red mountains that surround this area. You will also see amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier Peak in front of you. Ausangate is the tallest mountain of the Cusco region (just under 21,000 ft elevation), and is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota Range. While taking in these magnificent views, our staff will bring you some hot drinks and share some information with you about the composition of these mountains and how they became striated in the rainbow of colors. After taking a few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a few condors floating on the air currents), we will begin our descent with a two hour, downhill hike. We will then meet up with our trekking chef and enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared, hot lunch. After lunch, you may visit some of the local homes, where you can see the lifestyle of these people, who still practice the ancient traditions of the Incas. Here, they speak Quechua, practice their earth-based religion and agriculture. They honor the mountain spirits and the Sun, to ensure that their crops and herds flourish. The natives also weave the textiles that you will find in the museums around Peru. Finally, after our interactions with the locals, we will start our return trip back, to catch our private van back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel around 5 p.m.
- Private transportation to the trailhead
- Pick up from any hotel in Cusco
- Breakfast at the trailhead
- Entrance fee into the park
- Tour guide for the entire trip (English speaking)
- Drinking water
- Freshly prepared, hot lunch
- First-aid kit
- Porters & cook
- Dining tent, chairs & tables
- Tips for your crew
- Day pack
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Hat and gloves
- Sun hat
- Reusable plastic/metal water container, or camel bags
- Personal medication
- Camera and films
- Walking stick (optional)
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tips