Have you ever imagined seeing a rainbow mountain in the middle of the Andes? Nature was very kind to give to the region of Cusco the most beautiful landscapes in the world, including Vinicunca. This incredible mountain is also known as "seven colors", "cerro colorado" and in English as "Rainbow Mountain". The imposing mountain Vinicunca presents this hue due to the erosion of sedimentary stones, the same ones that are formed without any intervention of man, being compared with a terrestrial rainbow.The Mountain of 7 Colors or Rainbow Mountain (known by locals as "Cerro Colorado"), is located in Vinicunca, province of Quipicanchis, department of Cusco, located between 4,710 and 5,200 m.a.s.l. Its a geological formations reveal all its splendor, in contrast to the blue sky forming a formidable barrier between the desert of the coast and the Amazon rainforest, dominated by the beautiful snowy Ausangate (6,384 m), one of the great apus of this region. The mountains of Vinicunca is one of the spectacular places of the Vilcanota Mountain range, awaiting a natural coloration, this coloration is given by the presence of sedimentary stones in erosion. The impressive thing is how the stones have been formed to form a set of seven colors. The height of the mountain is approximately 5,000 meters above sea level.This route offers its visitors a wonderful panorama of majestic mountains and glaciers such as the Ausangate and crystalline rivers, peaceful scenes of camel herders, native Andean natives of multicolored and native clothing. This new route, apart from the beaten tracks, is a true adventure, through a preserved and wild nature, where the only encounters that you will have will be with Vinicunca. This is a different and prolonged way to visit the Vinicunca Mountain (Rainbow Mountain), enjoy beautiful landscapes with abundant Andean flora and fauna. Appreciate wonderful views of Ausangate, one of the highest mountains in Peru and the colorful valley of southern Cusco with its extensive lagoons, Andean villages, rivers and streams.
Day 01: Cusco - Quesuno - Anata
Day 02: Anata - Rainbow Mountain - Cusco
Please Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.
On the first day of your Rainbow Mountain adventure we will pick you up at your hotel at 3:00 a.m . While packing up our gear our chef will be preparing a hot breakfast to get you fueled up for the hike ahead of you. Our guides will go over the itinerary for the day and safety tips in a short briefing to ensure you are fully prepared for the next two hiking days. The trek begins in a large green valley. You will see hundreds of local fauna as alpacas,also you will meet local farmers, and the beautiful Ausangate mountain looming in the distance- this is only a teaser for what is to come on your journey. As you continue making your way on the trail you will begin to conquer the first pass of the trek- Puccacocha pass. At around 16,000 feet, the pass sits just above Puccacocha lake, and the massive Ausangate mountain is directly in front of you, while a beautiful active glacier crashes into the lake below. After a successful climb we will stop around noon for lunch and to recharge your body for the remainder of the hike. Our destination for the night is Anata, where we will enjoy a beautiful evening surrounded by jaw dropping landscape in the still of the Andes.
The second day, you will have the chance to see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain. We'll wake you up bright and early (time dependent on weather- usually between 3am - 5am) you can drink coca tea, and serve you a hearty breakfast to fuel you up for your final climb to Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain). Upon arrival you can take all the time you want soaking in the amazing 360 degree vistas of the surrounding lands and explore the mountain itself. Take some time to yourself and really enjoy the beauty of nature around you- it truly is a magical place.Arrival time back in Cusco will depend on how long you want to spend on Rainbow Mountain, but we typically get back around 5pm -6pm and drop you off at your hotel.
Here we will give you some tips:
The Vinicunca mountain or mountain of colors has become an important tourist attraction, visited by thousands of national and international tourists. When receiving so many travelers a year, a contingency plan is needed to protect it so that future generations can enjoy it.