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Apu Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Cusco – Rainbow Mountain Peru

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Apu Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Cusco Tour Details
Rainbow Mountain Peru

Apu Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Cusco is a popular full day tour destination in the Cusco region. Locally known as montaña de siete colores, the yellow, red, ochre, white and turquoise mineral stripes on the Rainbow Mountain Peru lend it wow appeal. 

From the summit, you will have 360-degree views including nearby Snow Capped Apu Ausangate Mountain (6384m). It is the highest mountain in southern Peru

Rainbow Mountain Peru

Apu Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Cusco offers breathtaking views that easily allow you to forget about the 2 hour struggle you leave behind. The Ausangate glacier on one side and bizarre, colourful peaks on the other. 

This memorable high altitude hike is an experience to remember forever! Needless to mention, you will have the opportunity to click enough pictures to fill your social media feed. 

After the Summit; the descent is just as spectacular. As the outstanding views slowly started to disappear, you manoeuver your way back to the lunch spot through herds of alpacas, sheep and Andean people with colorful clothings with their horses. A fresh, homemade buffet lunch (included in the itinerary) is served after finishing the Apu Vinicunca Peru Tour.

We are a fully locally owned tour operator in Cusco. It is highly recommended that you send 2-3 days in Cusco before visiting Rainbow Mountain Peru to avoid altitude sickness. 

If you are not willing to hike, then do take a look at our Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Trip from Cusco. 

Do take a moment to check our review on Trip Advisor. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0430 AM

Price Includes

  • Bus Cusco to Llactoc (starting point of our trek).
  • English speaking experienced professional mountain guide
  • 6-8 people with 1 guide, 2 Guides for a group of 9-17 trekkers
  • Full board meals 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
  • Breakfast in a local restaurant
  • Lunch semi-buffet after hiking Vinicunca (Local Rest)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Snacks
  • Water and soap to wash your hands
  • Water to fill in your water bottles
  • Free storage in Cusco for your belongings at Happy Gringo Tours office

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee (Optional)
  • Travel and health insurance for the duration of your tour
  • Entrance to Rainbow Mountain (10 Soles)

Recommended To Carry

  • Suncreen and Sunglasses
  • Waterbottle and snacks
  • Peruvian Soles in Cash
Top Tips to Hike Apu Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Cusco
  • Be sure to bring a small backpack with lots of water, snacks and toilet paper
  • The entrance fee to Vinicunca park is 10 Soles and usually isn’t included in most Rainbow Mountain Trek packages
  • Visit the Official Rainbow Mountain Peru with us, Palccoyo mountain is other route
  • The weather in Rainbow Mountain  is unprecedented can change in seconds when you’re high up. So be sure to pack sun block, sunglasses, a rain jacket, a hat and wear some thick hiking socks; but also bring a spare pair of socks just in case.
  • Try and beat the altitude by chewing on coca leaves – our tour guide gave us these

Apu Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Cusco

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 0500 AM. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you along the South Valley of Cusco to Hanchi Pacha, Pitumarca Village. It is a three hours drive. 

Here we will be serving a traditional breakfast. We will then begin the Rainbow Mountain Trek for two and a half hours to the summit at 5030 metres above sea level.

Along the hike you get to see Llamas, Alpacas, local people, and the most spectacular colourful rocky mountains. From the summit, you can hike further to the iconic Red Valley. 

After enjoying Vinicunca, we will be hiking for two hours down the hill back to the place where we started the hike. Here we will be serving you lunch. After lunch, we will be driving you back to Cusco city.


How does Vinicunca mountain get it colors?

Seldom anyone knew about the existence of Rainbow Mountains of Vinicunca until 2016. It was covered in dense snow, when the snow started to melt, the colours started to appear. The region is dense in minerals. Infact, many mining companies have placed a bid to start mining here. The colours are a result of minerals. 

Where is Rainbow Mountain?

Rainbow Mountain is 82 kilometres (51 miles) to the south of Cusco city. It is near Pitumarca town. The easiest and the cheapest way to get there is by signing up for an organised tour as the guides will be there to assist you in case if you feel altitude sickness. 

How long is the hike to Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca?

From the base camp, it normally takes 2-2.5 hours of hike to reach to the summit of the Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca. If you are not keen on hiking, you can always pay extra to locals and jump on a horse back. 

What causes Rainbow Mountains?

The yellow, red, ochre, white and turquoise mineral stripes are a result of mineral deposits in the mountain that lend the wow appeal to it. 

How high is Rainbow Mountain?

The Rainbow Mountain of Cusco also known as Vinicunca is 5200 metres (17060 feet) above sea level. It is located some 100 kilometres to the south east of Cusco city. 

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Couple Traveller

The tour was extremelly hard.

We had hard time to book this trip to rainbow mountain; likely we connected with gringo tours and they gave us very possitive messages to travel with them.

The guide was very helpful and knowleagebl; thanks him we made it!

Highly recommend to book with them, there are many travel agencies but Gringo Tours reaaly helped us.

Thanks so much for this experience.

November 4, 2020


Family Traveller

This was my dream trip and I am very glad that we went with Happy Gringo Tours. They exhibited and delivered an optimum level of service with a well prepared guide who kept encouraging us all the way on the trek. The food they served was very nutritious and plentiful. An unforgettable experience.

February 5, 2020


Solo Traveller

No words to express my gratitude to Marko and his team who were very organised and caring on this trip to Rainbow Mountains. The food they provided was nutritious and kept me full till i treked back down for lunch. A wonderful organisaton with friendly people.

December 18, 2019


Solo Traveller

Marko is an excellent person. He picked us up from the airport. He speaks good English and has a good knowledge about the history and culture. The night before the trek Marko visited our hotel and gave us a detailed briefing on what to carry and what to expect. The whole trip was very nicely organised. The best thing, they give a certain share of the profit to the local communities. We enjoyed a lot.

September 5, 2019