The beautiful Rainbow Mountain in Peru is a relatively unknown trek with limited information available online. Rainbow Mountain in Peru is also known as Vicuña, which means rainbow in Quechua, the ancient Inca language of Peru.
This special and stunning mountain range in the Ausangate region, nearby Cusco, gets its name from the many different colors displayed in its mountain peaks. These colors appear because of the various minerals in the soil of the mountains.
Day 1 - CUSCO / RAINBOW MOUNTAIN
You will be transferred from your hotel in Cusco at dawn towards Valle Sur, driving for 3 hours until reaching Cusipata and take the road to town Phulawasipata (4,626 MASL /15,177 ft.).
Arriving to this community you will take a break to prepair and the start the trek skirting the route of a beautiful stream. In the ascent, you will start to enjoy beautiful landscapes and see flocks of Andean camelids as llamas and alpacas.
The highest Mountain in the region, "Apu Ausangate", will show its majesty and you will be amazed by the mystique of the place making you feel the all the magic and energy, also, you have the opportunity to interact with the community members to learn more about their daily life.
After approximately 1 and a half hours, you will arrive to the main attraction of this experience: Vinicunca, the Rainbow Mountain (5,020 MASL / 16466 ft.) you will have enough time to explore the area, take photos and renew your energy that will help you start your way back (The time in the mountaintop will be 30 minutes)
After the visit to the mountain of Colors we prepare to continue the trek, for the return. The walk back will take between 1 hour until reaching the Phulawasipata community from here you will be transferred back to Cusipata for the lunch in a local restaurant , after lunch continue to Cusco.
Daily departure (March to December)
Departure: 05.30 HRS.
(B. L.) (Shared Guide)
- Professional guide
- Breakfast / Box Lunch
- Entry ticket to the route
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Others not mentioned in the program
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT TO BRING:
- Waterproof walking boots
- Small backpack
- Windbreaker, raincoat
- Warm coats
- Wool cap, woollen gloves
- Hat or cap
- Front flashlight
- Canes with a rubber tip
- Camera with extra battery
- Water and snacks
The passenger will carry the backpack; we suggest that you carry equipment of light material.