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Rainbow Mountain Tour Briefing

The Rainbow Mountain or Mountain of Colors are names used to call this beautiful place but the local people call it Vinincunca which means Rainbow mountain in the native language which is Quechua, this magical place is located in the Department of Cusco between the provinces of Quispicanchis and Canchis. This mountain is special since it is possible to see the colors of the rainbow and depending on the season and climatic conditions it is appreciated with greater or lesser intensity, to this spectacular view is added the combination of the snow-capped mountains of the Vilcanota mountain range that is located the snowy Ausangate (6385m./20945ft) which is the highest snowy peak in all of Cusco, you will see see South American camelids such as llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and with a bit of luck we can see the condor, the largest bird in the world flying over the mountains.

For this and many reasons, it was included by “National Geographic” as one of the 100 places one must visit before leaving for the


🤝🏻 Meeting and briefing

Some days before the tour, our team will contact you via E-mail or WhatsApp and will coordinate the meeting time at your hotel to provide you the all tour details and answer all your questions.

🏁 Starts from your accommodation in Cuzco at 03:30 A.M.

🔚 Ends to the center of Cuzco at about 16:00 P.M.

Day 1: Cusco – Cusipata – Chillihuani – Phulawasipata – Rainbow Mountain

🚐 Transportation time: 3 hours go + 3 hours back

🚶🏻‍♂️ 7 km – 4.3 mi.

🕗 Duration: 8 horas .

📈 Maximum elevation: 5050m. – 16564ft.

📉 Mínimum elevation: 3100m. – 10168ft.

Pick up from the hotel at 3:30 am, then we will make an approximate journey of 2 hours in our tourist transport to the south of Cusco to the town of Cusipata (3310m. 10810ft.), where we will take the cutoff and continue driving for 20 minutes until the Chillihuani town where we will have a buffet breakfast.


After our energetic breakfast we will continue driving 40 minutes to the checkpoint of the Rainbow mountain, we will register and continue 20 more minutes to Phulawasipata, where we will get ready for the walk.


We will begin the hike up the rainbow mountain, this first part is 3 hours until we reach the Vinicunca viewpoint, where you will have a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountain Ausangate (6385m./20945ft.) and the Rainbow Mountain (5050m./16564ft.), after having free time for some photos and to contemplate this beautiful landscape, we will begin the walk down to the town of Chillihuani where a delicious lunch awaits us and then return to Cusco and the hotel at approximately 4:30 p.m.

If you have more some more days to spend in Cusco and want to explore more the Andes you can take the tour Ausangate trek and Raibow Mountain.


💡 To keep in mind

-As an alternative to the walk, you can rent a horse for your comfort, this has an extra cost of 90.00 soles.
-Our guides carry a first aid kit and an oxygen bottle, for any emergency.

What’s included

   ✔ Informative briefing the day before we coordinate with you the time
   ✔ Pick up from your hotel in downtown Cusco,
   ✔ Transportation Cusco – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco
   ✔ Breakfast
   ✔ lunch
   ✔ Professional and experienced bilingual guide (English – Spanish)
   ✔ Income
   ✔ First aid kit

Not included

  ❌  Walking poles

Group size

🚫 Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 24 hours before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of the total amount of the reservation except the bank transfer fee . After this time, or in case of no-show for the tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.

What to bring for the Rainbow Mountain Tour

   ➖ Walking shoes or comfortable sneakers
   ➖ Warm clothes
   ➖ Cap for the cold
   ➖ Bottle of water
   ➖ Waterproof jacket
   ➖ Cap or hat
   ➖ Small backpack
   ➖ Sunscreen
   ➖ Sunglasses
   ➖ Gloves
   ➖ Camera (optional).
   ➖ Extra money but in Nuevos Soles (Peruvian national currency)
   ➖ Walking poles




How long does it take wakl up the Rainbow Mountain?

The hike up to the rainbow mountain normally take around 2 hours but it depends on your walking pace can be 2hours / 30minutes or 3 hours and is a distance of 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). Throuhghout your journey you / will pass through a vibrant green valley with the snow capped peak Apu Ausangate towering in the distance.

Is it worth going to Rainbow Mountain?

It is absolutely worth doing the mountain of colors, the most recommended is in the months between April to November, which is the dry season and the sky is blue and very few rain conditions, between the months of December to March it is the rainy season and there is The possibility that it is cloudy or rainy and the mountain cannot be seen for those dates, better programs according to the weather.

Do I need to bring any medical suppleis?

Inkas Destination recommend to travelers who take regular medication should take an appropriate supply, if it is not the case you can carry personal medical items for managing common minor ailments such as colds, diarrhea, blisters and sore throats etc.
it it because normally the doctor recommend to our guide do not prescript medicine for the foreign people because are a little bit different, but our guide all the time car a good personal first aid kit + a bottle of oxygen.

Would I have the option to choose the departure time for the Rainbow Mountain?

If possible as long as you take the tour in private service, but we usually leave as early as possible since the earlier we arrive and start the walk we will be able to reach the viewpoint and have the best photos without people around us, leaving later than the programmed for sure that there will be many people in the viewpoint and it will be a little uncomfortable.

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