The most recent edition of National Geographic Magazine has named this incredibly picturesque scenic attraction as one of the 100 places that you should be sure to visit before you die. Therefore, if you are planning to Travel in Peru, you should include visiting Rainbow Mountain Cusco.
According to the geologists of the Geological Society of Peru, Vinicunca Mountain was formed in the same way that most of the mountains of the great Andean Mountain Range were formed. Movement of the tectonic plates forced marine sediment upward, forming a vast range of high mountains.
The colorations of this Colorful Mountain in Peru are due to the oxidation of the minerals present in the soil through erosion, humidity, and other geological factors.
At some time in the past, the mountain was covered with blocks of ice. It was a glacier-covered, snow-capped peak. Due to global warming activity and the changing climate, the ice all melted and left in its place this incredibly colorful landscape.
Pick up time early by 4.30am with our tour guide and the comfortable transportation that will take around three hours to stop fo a restaurant to have a delicious breakfast, after that we continue to the trailhead which is located at 4,600 mts. From there we´ll begging our hike up to the rainbow mountain reaching the elevation of 17,000ft or 5,200 mts.
There you will have a good rest and enough time to take all the wonderful pictures. From there you´ll be able to appreciate one of the highest snow peak “Ausangate”. And the great scenery of the whole mountain range with so many different natural colors.
Also along the way to have the chance to see the alpacas and vicuñas grazing,
Later to hike back down to catch our van and to drive back to Cusco, arriving there by around 5pm.
Included / Not included
- Briefing provided of pre-departure information
- Professional tour guide
- All entrances tickets
- Breakfast and lunch
- Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
Does not include:
- Meals not mentioned
- Health insurance
- Domestic flights
- Horse rental
- Extra expenses due to delays or problems that we cannot handle, however we´ll do our best to help our clients to find solutions to any setbacks during the trip.
$45 to join a group
Price for a private service: $ per person, minimum 2 people.
You have the chance to rent a horse there for around $30 round trip or $20 one way uphill.
We recommend to bring:
- Light and warm clothes, thick jackets
- Hat o Woolen hut
- A face cover for possible freezing winds.
- Hiking boots
- Waterproof gear
- Water bottle
- Walking poles (only if you have problem with knees or back problems)