Cusco to Vinicunca Peru or Vinicunca from Cusco tour is one of the most popular full-day tours in Cusco. Experience the best of the seven-colored mountains with a local English-speaking travel expert.

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Cusco to Vinicunca Peru – Vinicunca from Cusco

Visiting Rainbow Mountain Peru tops the bucket list of many travelers in Cusco. In fact, Cusco to Vinicunca Peru is the second most opted tour, after Machu Picchu in the Cusco region. That’s why our Rainbow Mountains trip from Cusco is a unique and exciting experience for people from all over the world.

Locally known as Montaña de Siete Colores, the existence of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain was unknown to people until early 2016 as it was covered in a blanket of snow. As the snow started to melt, the colors gradually began to appear. This is how the Vinicunca got its name Rainbow Mountains or Mountain of The Seven Colors, as the minerals of the mountain created hues of gold, turquoise, red, and lavender across the entire landscape. It soon got all the attention it deserved and became one of the most visited places in Cusco.

The colors of the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountains are formed by weathering, mineral conditions, and sedimentary deposits. This is because the region is rich in hematite, copper, iron, and sulfur, giving the mountains its distinct marble colors.

While you’re on tour, our guides will also be sharing the history and culture of the area, so feel free to ask your questions and take pictures along your journey. Your Rainbow Mountains trip from Cusco with our tour guide is one you’ll surely remember for years to come.

Our full-day Rainbow Mountains trip from Cusco is a high-altitude experience. The highest point of the trek is at 5200 meters (17060 feet) above sea level. We strongly recommend that you spend at least two days in Cusco before the trek and acclimatize to avoid altitude sickness.

Best Time to visit Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain from Cusco:

We operate Cusco to Vinicunca Peru tours daily. Although the best time to visit the Rainbow Mountains of Vinicunca is during the dry season, between March and November. You will be able to get a clear view of all colors of the mountain under clear blue skies.

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour is one of our signature tours. We have a dedicated crew guiding this tour to Vinicunca from Cusco. They are local mountaineers who are born and raised in the region.

On this full-day trip from Cusco, you will not only be impressed by captivating views of the Peruvian highland regions, but our local guides will also give you an insight into the Andean traditions and customs. 

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Cusco to Vinicunca Peru – Vinicunca from Cusco

Your epic Cusco to Vinicunca Peru tour begins with an early morning transfer (0400 AM) from your hotel in Cusco city.

We will be embarking on an hour and a half drive to a small Andean town called Cusipata. Our vehicle is designed to offer you the utmost comfort. So you can wink a nap so you arrive fresh to the trailhead.

At Cusipata, we will be stopping for breakfast. You will be savoring some delicious Andean meals here amidst the snowcapped peaks.

All set, we will continue driving for an hour to the trailhead in Chilliwani (4600m/15160ft). Our local expert will be sharing some safety tips as we will begin our trek to Vinicunca Peru.

The hike is somewhat challenging. If you are uncertain about hiking, you can always rent a horse. 

With each step closer to the summit, the mountains become aesthetically perfect. The sunrise invokes a new day. The natural magic of this hidden treasure exposes its treasures in bloom while the locals, llamas, alpacas, and the wild vicuñas, let you into their secret world. 

After two hours of climb, we will be conquering the summit of the iconic VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAIN. It stands at 5100m – 16700ft. 

You will be captivated by the views of the highest glacier in the Cusco region, Ausangate (6 375m 20,900ft).

You will have plenty of time at the summit to recover while enjoying your snack, taking pictures, and breathing the fresh Andean air while our local expert will be introducing you to the Andean mythology and will be explaining the prominence of the surrounding peaks. 

Once you have had your fill of the soaking views from the summit, we will gradually begin our descent. It normally takes about an hour and a half to get back to the trailhead. 

We will be having a brief stop in Cusipata for lunch before returning to Cusco City. We will be dropping you off by Plaza Kusipata by 0530 PM. 

  • Experienced and Professional Guide
  • Private Tourist Transportation
  • Pick up from Hotel in Cusco
  • Traditional Local Breakfast
  • Lunch Including Soup And Main Course With Cold And Hot Drinks Options
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Cook
  • Entrance
  • First Aid Kit
  • Oxygen Balloon
  • Snack
  • Trekking Poles
  • Warm Clothing (Jacket, Sweater, Scarf, Gloves)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Block
  • Hat for the cold
  • 1.5 Lt. of water to drink
  • Camera
  • Camcorder