Cusco to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Peru tour is the second most popular full day tour after Machu Picchu. The seven coloured mountain, as the name suggests is a natural formation. At 5200 meters above sea level (17060 ft.), Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain is a part of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range.
The existence of Rainbow Mountain Peru was unknown to people until early 2016. It was covered in dense snow. As the snow started to melt the colors gradually started to appear. It soon became a prominent attraction in Cusco.
During the Cusco to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Peru Tours, you will also have plenty of opportunity to spot Alpacas, Llamas. Our tour guide will also give you an insight into the life of remote local communities. They live in the highlands and are untouched by modernity. They still converse in Quechua.
The full day Rainbow Mountain Tour is truly a rewarding experience. It is dotted with beautiful landscapes at every turn. The trek takes you through remote highland communities with a staggering view of snow capped Ausangate peak at a distance.
Ausangate peak is sacred to locals. They refer to it as Apus which when loosely translated in Quechua means Father. Every year hundreds of Andean pilgrims hike to the Ausangate Mountain in an occasion called Qollority.
To hike the Rainbow Mountain, it takes around 1.5 hours to get to the summit from the starting point of the trek. The hike is somewhat challenging especially because of the altitude.
We highly recommend that you spend a few days in Cusco before embarking on the Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour. You must acclimatize to avoid altitude sickness.
At Peru Ancestral, we have an excellent team of English speaking local tour guides. They have plenty of knowledge about the history and Andean traditions. Our guides are born and raised in the region and are trained in first aid.
Join us on this full day Cusco to Vinicunca Peru Rainbow Mountain Tour.
If you want to visit Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley, you will need to sign up for a two day tour. Contact us and our travel expert will be happy to assist you.
Your epic Cusco to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Peru full day trip begins with an early morning transfer from your hotel in Cusco. We will embark on a two hours and 30 minutes drive through the South Valley of Cusco to the community of Quesinouno. Here we will be stopping for a traditional breakfast.
After breakfast, our tour guide will be sharing some important tips on hiking in the Andes. We will begin our hike up the hill through some remote highland communities and farmlands. You will have sights of Andean camelids like Alpacas and Llamas.
You will also get a distant view of the mighty Ausangate pea. It dominates the southern skyline of Cusco city on a clear day.
Along the way, our guide will be giving you insights on Andean mythology. You will also understand how the locals in the region have preserved them.
As we start getting closer to the peak you will often be greeted with buffeting winds. It is extremely important that you spend a few days in Cusco. You need to get acclimatized to the altitude to avoid altitude sickness.
Once we get to the summit, you will get a panoramic view of the valley with several snow capped peaks at a distance. Our local expert will be giving you a detailed insight into the Andean traditions. We will explain the prominence of these peaks in the Andean mythology. We will also demonstrate how Shamans perform the rituals using Coca leaves.
You will have plenty of time to soak in the pristine views and capture the moments in your camera.
Once you have contemplated the view, we will start descending gradually back to the starting point of the trek. Here we will be meeting our driver for our drive back to Cusco city. Along the way, we will be stopping at a local restaurant for a buffet lunch.
We will be reaching Cusco city by 0700 PM.
The hike up to the mountain is challenging, but worth it, as the views of the surrounding countryside are absolutely stunning. The air is crisp and clear, and the silence of the mountain is peaceful.