Cerro Colorado (4,990 m / 16,371 ft) is colorful mountain known also as «Rainbow mountain» a beauty of millions of years of geological formations that seems painted by human hands.
Hidden in a remote corner of Peru’s Ausangate region, couple hour’s drive outside of Cusco, Vinicunca, more commonly referred to as the Rainbow Mountain (the translation in the local language means «seven-colored mountain»), was hidden under a thick layer of ice. But as regional temperatures rose, the snowpack thawed and revealed thick stripes of mineral deposits painted across sandstone rock.
The journey is through beautiful farm valleys and native communities. The hike itself offers you an amazing escenary of mountain views, herds of Llamas, Alpacas and the Snow-covered Ausangate, the tallest mountain in the region.
«Pictures don’t do it justice» you need see it.
Rainbow Mountain Trek Overview
Day 0.- At PBL we believe it’s important that all of our guests have the opportunity to ask questions about the The Rainbow mountain hike (the itinerary, the challenges, what to bring etc) before we start. At a pre-arranged time, your guide will provide a full pre-trek briefing at your Cusco hotel the day before the start of the trek. A Peru by Locals representative will also be available at the briefing to collect any outstanding cash balance for the tour.
Day 1.- Cusco – – Cerro Colorado (Rainbow mountain) – Cusco
Rainbow Mountain Trek – Pre-departure briefing
One day before your rainbow mountain trek in a pre-set time your guide will meet you in your hotel to give you the last details about the trek.
Day 1.- Cusco – Cusipata – Phulawasipata – Rainbow mountain – Cusco
We will depart Cusco hotel at 04:00am AM, for 2 hour drive to Cusipata where we will stop for a delicios brekfast, after that we will continue for another 50 minute drive to the trailhead at Phulawasipata (4,700 m / 15,419 ft).
Our hike begings along the meandering path with espectacular vistas of snow caped mountains, the surrounding herds of Alpacas and Llamas will be waking too.
After hiking for around 1.5 hours, we finally reach our destination, the magnificent Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,466 ft). No photoshop or Instagram filters here, this awesome display of colour is 100% natural, and completely breathtaking.
We will take our time at the summit so that you can take pictures, explore the area or just take in the spectacular views. Then we take a short 20 minute walk into the Red Valley itself, a tranquil and beautiful hike amongst the crimson rocks that leads us to a spectacular view across the valley.
Your guide will let you know when it is time to return, and we hike downhill the way we came. In a sense though this is almost a different hike, as we take in the views that were behind us on our ascent. The hike down will take around 1 hour to get our van then drive for about 50 minutes back to Cusipata qhere a delicios lunch awaits for us.
Then, it’s just a 2 hour drive back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your Cusco hotel around 7pm, no doubt exhausted but with incredible memories of a unique day.
|Distance covered:||9 km (5.4 miles)|
|Time:||5 -6 hours|
|Lowest elevation:||4,300 m (14,107 ft)|
|Highest elevation:||(4,990 m / 16,371 ft)|
|Level of difficulty:||Challenging|
Inclusions & exclusions
Included in the Rainbow Mountain Trek:
- Transport to and from your hotel in Cusco
- Brekfast and lunch at a restaurant
- Trekking guide, knowledgeable in history, tradition, fauna and flora
- First aid kit, carried by your guide
- Entrance tickets to the area</li
Excluded in the Rainbow Mountain Trek:
- Tips for guide and driver (Recomended 10% of the payment)
1. Personal horse: You can have a horse to ride all the way from the beginning to the end of the rainbow mountain trek. The cost is USD 22 per person.
$ 70 per person
Note: For solo traveler contact us. Also if there are more members than 10 let us know for the best price.
In order for us to reserve your spot on this trek, you are required to send us the following information: full names, age, gender, nationality and make the relevant deposit as indicated below:
Once you have sent us the information of each person, make your deposit using PAYPAL. Once we have both, we will confirm your tour. Thank you so much for choosing PERU by LOCALS.
You book you go, PERU BY LOCALS does not cancel your trip for any reason
If you have any questions, send us an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring
What to bring for the Rainbow Mountain Trek
- Clothes (hiking shoose, warm fleece jacket, gloves, rain jacket)
- Day backpack
- Water ( 2 litter person recomender)
- Toiletries (toilet paper)
- Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended