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Visit the rainbow mountain Yuracochas in Lima

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If you really want to get to know the rainbow mountain of Cusco, but you don't have much time or you don't have enough budget, we have great news for you! Lima has its own rainbow mountain and it is called the Yuracochas.


In this article we tell you everything you need to know to visit the Yuracochas and its surroundings. Can you imagine the photos you could have of this landscape? Take note!


Rainbow Mountain Yuracochas

The rainbow mountain Yuracochas is the result of global warming, since due to this phenomenon, the mountain has lost snow in recent years. As a consequence, various natural peculiarities have been exposed.


The Yuracochas are a chain of hills located in the Central Andes, it is known as the Vinicunca Limeño due to its resemblance to the famous rainbow mountain of Cusco.


When you climb uphill to the mountain, you will be able to witness a unique view of the Nevado Rajuntay, which is very close to there. Also, you will be able to observe the beautiful Laguna Yuracocha.


In addition, you will get a privileged view of the landscape of the Peruvian mountains.


The Date

To make the trek to the rainbow mountain Yuracochas, we recommend you to bring various elements. The most important are: warm clothing, waterproof jacket, trekking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a bottle of water and energy foods.


How to get to the Rainbow Mountain Yuracochas?

The rainbow mountain of Lima is located in the Cordon de los Yuracochas, at an altitude of almost 5000 meters above sea level. It is located 3 hours from Ticlio, in the province of Huarochirí, in the region of Lima.


To get to the rainbow mountain Yuracochas from Lima, you have to go to the intersection of Jirón Chota and Paseo Colón avenue. These streets are located in the Center of Lima. The intersection is full of mini vans headed for Chosica. Once you arrive in Chosica, you have to go to San Mateo on the buses that leave from the central park. From the district of San Mateo, in the province of Huarochirí, you will depart towards the rainbow mountain Yuracochas.


Before starting the trek to the mountain, it is recommended that you rest for half a day in order to acclimatize to the altitude.


What implements to bring?

  • A waterproof or windproof jacket
  • Sneakers of good cocada
  • Gloves
  • Chullo
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and a cocoa lipstick
  • Lemon candies, energy bars and fruits such as apples or bananas
  • A minimum liter of water
  • Pills for soroche


The group of mountaineers Made In Mountain organizes excursions to the 'Vinicunca limeño' (from S/39 per person). Does not cover transportation from Lima, lodging or food.


Where to stay?

It is recommended to spend the night in the district of San Mateo to be able to acclimatize to the altitude. Accommodation prices start at S/15. The next day you can start the tour to the mountain of colors.


Travel Budget

Taking into account the tickets from the capital, lodging and basic food, the average cost per person to discover the rainbow mountain of Lima is S / 100.


In the gallery that opens this note you can see the impressive photographs of this destination.


Other attractions near the Yuracochas

In addition to getting to know the rainbow mountain Yuracochas, we also recommend you take a tour of these tourist attractions that you can find in the province of Huarochirí and San Mateo.



This natural attraction is located at 4100 m.a.s.l. in the province of San Mateo. Yuracmayo is very famous for concentrating a large number of fans of the sport of climbing. This is due to the 80 meters of height that the limestone walls that make it up can take.


Very close to there, you can also find other natural attractions such as a lagoon full of trout. Likewise, throughout the walk around its surroundings you will be able to observe the important fauna of the area.


Zarate Forest

This forest is located in the province of Huarochirí, between the districts of San Bartolomé and Tupicocha. Here you can find green mountains and a large number of ravines.


Like any ecological zone, on your walk through the place you will find a large community of flora and fauna typical of the Peruvian highlands. Among the most important flora species of the place are: the quinual, the hawthorn, the taro and the chachacomo. The most representative animals in the area are the wild cat, the vicuñas, the skunks and the vizcacha.


Japaní Ruins

This natural attraction is located at 3,500 meters above sea level, in the province of Huarochirí. The Japanis were an indigenous community that is believed to have lived in the area in pre-Inca times. In the place you can find various archaeological buildings covered, mostly by green areas.


As with many archaeological sites, the Japaní ruins are located on a mountain peak. Due to this feature, when you arrive you will have a beautiful view of the Peruvian highlands.



The district of Matucana is located in the province of Huarochirí at 2,398 meters above sea level. In this town you will be able to learn a little more about the culture of the Peruvian highlands and talk with the residents about their day to day life.


Also, in this district you will have the opportunity to visit the Antankallo waterfall, where you can enjoy the pure waters of the small lake that forms below.



This natural attraction is located in the province of Huarochirí, in Santa Eulalia. When you arrive you will notice the large number of cherimoya trees that exist in the place. It is for this fruit that Callahuanca is very famous among tourists. In this destination, you can also visit the Mother Church and the Characán mountain.


Tourist attractions in Lima

If you are also passing through Lima, we recommend you take a tour of these tourist places.


Main Square of Lima

It is the most important square in the capital city of Peru and is located in the Historic Center. It was designed in 1536 by Francisco Pizarro. Around this you can find places with great historical and cultural value. Thus, you will be able to observe the Government Palace, the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, and visit the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace.


Church and Convent of San Francisco

This tourist place is also located in the Historic Center of Lima. It is very popular among tourists because it is one of the largest religious complexes in Lima. In addition to having a unique architectural beauty, it is also famous for housing a series of catacombs that can be visited as part of the tourist circuit to the place.


Miraflores District

The Miraflores district offers a wide range of natural parks where you can rest and have a privileged view of the Lima coast. The most popular parks on the Malecón de Miraflores are: Maria Reiche, Miguel Grau, Parque del Amor and Antonio Raimondi. Likewise, we recommend you visit Kennedy Park, whose main attraction is being home to cats.


You can also visit the Larcomar shopping center, which has a beautiful view of the ocean and the beaches.


Magical Water Circuit

If you are traveling with the whole family, we recommend you take a tour of the Magic Water Circuit, located in the Parque de la Reserva. This park has 13 ornamental fountains that will show you a unique game of water, light, music and laser lights. We recommend you go at night to be able to witness the magic of the combination of these elements.


Larco Museum

If you want to dig a little deeper into our history, you have to visit the Larco Museum. This shows, chronologically, the 3000 years of human development through the pre-Columbian cultures of Peru.


In addition to housing very important collections for Peruvian archaeology, the Larco Museum offers tourists a restaurant that has a unique architectural beauty.


Typical dishes of Huarochirí, Lima

If you are visiting Huarochirí, you cannot miss out on its great gastronomy.


In all the districts that you are going to visit, remember to ask for a spicy guinea pig or a patasca, flagship dishes of this area. Likewise, in districts near rivers, dishes made with trout, such as grilled trout, are the most popular.


On the other hand, humitas, tamales and chicha de jora are very popular appetizers that you cannot miss out on during your visit to Huarochirí.


What are you waiting for? The rainbow mountain Yuracochas awaits your visit to surprise you, once again, with the beauty of the Peruvian highlands.


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