Vinicunca is a mountain pass located about four hours by car southeast of the city of Cusco, in the opposite direction of Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail and the famous Humantay Lake. Most commonly known by locals as Montaña de Siete Colores (the Mountain of Seven Colors) and by travelers around the world as Rainbow Mountain Perú or Vinincunca Mountain, the geographic wonder is famous for its rainbow coloring, a surreal natural phenomenon of mineral deposits scattered throughout the sandstone rock.
The Rainbow Mountain in Peru, known as Vinicunca. It is one of the most impressive mountains in the Cusco region, located near Ausangate Mountain, south of the city of Cusco.
A hike to Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountain Peru
- Visit Vinicunca, the “Mountain of the Seven Colors”, located in the Andes of Cusco.
- Walk to the highest point of Rainbow Mountain, where you will enjoy incredible panoramic views of Ausangate
- Get a personalized experience with an excellent local expert and a professional trekking guide.
Tour to Rainbow Mountain Peru
Full Day to Vinicunca
Enjoy all landscape around the Rainbow Mountain in Cusco
Red Valley + Vinicunca Full Day
Visit Vinicunca and Red valley in Cusco in a full day tour.
As part of the Vilcanota mountain range, it is located in the middle of the Cusipata and Pitumarca communities, in the provinces of Quispicanchi and Canchis respectively, in the Cusco region of southern Peru.
Its exact coordinates are as follows:
- 13 ° 52’8.51 ″, south latitude.
- 71 ° 18’12.76 ″, latitude west.
You can find the exactly point in google maps or other maps using the above coordinates.
How long does it take to reach the Rainbow Mountain from the city of Cusco?
It depends on the route you choose (there 2 main routes):
- Route 1: If you travel through Cusipata, you will drive 102 km for 3 hours until you reach Phulawasipata. From there the walk will take 1 hour to Rainbow Mountain.
- Route 2: If you travel through Pitumarca, you will drive 139 km for 4 hours until you reach Pampachiri. From there the walk will take 1 hour and 20 minutes to Rainbow Mountain.
Follow our recommendations to enjoy the majestic Rainbow Mountain without problems.
- Visit the mountain during the dry season, that is, from April to November.
- Stay in good health and in excellent physical condition.
- Bring a hat, special walking shoes, warm clothes, sunglasses, walking sticks and a rain poncho.
- This walk is not suitable for children under 12.
- Remember that in order to avoid altitude sickness you must spend a minimum period of 2 days in the city of Cusco for acclimatization. Drink plenty of liquids and avoid alcohol and cigarettes.
What is the best time to visit?
The best time of year to visit is in the dry months, which is from April to October. This does not mean that you cannot visit it in the other months of the year, only that the visit and the experience are guaranteed in the dry months.
The trek to the Rainbow Mountain never has a medium or moderate difficulty.
Most of the route is slightly steep, with few steep slopes that do not present any difficulty. However, it is not the road that makes the climb difficult. It is the fact of being more than 5,000 meters above sea level that can sometimes affect the normal breathing of some visitors. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen there is.
Therefore, it is recommended that you be in good health and in good physical condition. And if possible, your excursion to Vinic should never be made after you have acclimated to the climate of Cusco.
What kind of flora and fauna you can find at Vinicunca?
During your hike to Rainbow Mountain you will reach the two highest altitude levels in Peru: the Puna and the Janca, where no animal species lives permanently. Above 5,000 meters, few things grow, but you will be able to see the ichhu, a type of straw that serves as food for alpacas, llamas and vicuñas. You will also be able to see kestrels and if you are lucky, some majestic condor will open its wings.
What to bring to Vinicunca?
If you come from sea levels below 500 meters, it is ideal to equip yourself for this walk at over 5,000 meters above sea level.
- Identification document.
- Camera with extra battery, the cold makes the battery not last long.
- Cash for your personal expenses and to pay the entrance to Vinicunca (10 soles, foreign tourist; and 5 soles, national tourist)
- Wide brimmed hat and waterproofs (in the rainy season).
- Coat, gloves, windbreaker, trekking pants and trekking shoes.
- Water, snacks and some fruits.
- Personal medications, in case you require them or are under medication.
- In case you require it, you can also consider the option of renting horses. The cost of the horse is 50 soles (one way) and 80 soles (round trip).
Tips for trekking to Rainbow Mountain in Peru
To enjoy a comfortable and safe trip, keep these tips in mind:
- Travel in the dry season, between April and November, see our mail: The best time to go to Rainbow Mountain.
- Try to enjoy good health and be in good physical condition.
- Take your trekking equipment with you: wide brimmed hat, small backpack, trekking shoes, warm clothes, sunscreen, trekking poles, rain poncho, water and food.
- Buy water and food in Cusco or in Cusipata or Pitumarca, the only places where you will find a tent.
- Do not travel with children under 12 years old.
- Finally, before trekking to Vinicunca, don’t forget to acclimatize to the climate of the Cusco region. This will avoid altitude sickness (soroche).
Distance from Cusco to Rainbow Mountain
Depending on the route you choose, the distance between Cusco and the Mountain of Colors will vary as follows:
Through the Cusipata route:
- Cusco – Phulawasipata: 102 km (paved road and dirt track).
- Phulawasipata – Mountain of Colors (road): 3 km.
On the Pitumarca route:
- Cusco – Pampachiri: 139 km (paved road and dirt track).
- Pampachiri – Mountain of Colors (road): 4.8 km.
Yes, it will show you amazing views of the Peruvian Andes and you will reach 5200 meters above sea level.
For the minerals it presents are, that s: red clay, fangolitas (mud) and arilitas (sand), quartz, marls and clays of the superior tertiary.
It is located in Cusco – Perú, about 3 hours by car from the city of Cusco.
The Rainbow Mountain in Peru hight is 17,060 ft.