The trip from Cusco to Vinicunca, also known as Vinicunca from Cusco, ranks among the top choices for full-day tours in the area. Experience the best of the Seven Color 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 wish list of many travelers in Cusco. In fact, Cusco to Vinicunca Peru is the second most chosen tour, after Machu Picchu in the Cusco region. That is why our trip to the Rainbow Mountains from Cusco is a unique and exciting experience for people from all over the world.

Known locally as Montaña de Siete Colores, the existence of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain was unknown to people until early 2016, as it was covered by a blanket of snow. As the snow began to melt, colors gradually began to appear. Hence the name Vinicunca, Rainbow Mountains or Mountain of Seven Colors, since the mountain’s minerals created shades of gold, turquoise, red and lavender throughout the 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 erosion, mineral conditions and sedimentary deposits. This is because the region is rich in hematite, copper, iron and sulfur, which gives the mountains their distinct marble colors.

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

Our full-day trip to the Rainbow Mountains from Cusco is a high-altitude experience. The highest point of the hike is 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) above sea level. We strongly recommend that you spend at least two days in Cusco before the hike and acclimatize to avoid altitude sickness.

Best Time to Visit Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain from Cusco:

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

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour is one of our exclusive tours. We have a dedicated team that guides 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 the captivating views of the Peruvian mountain regions, but our local guides will also give you insight into Andean traditions and customs.

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Cusco a Vinicunca Perú – Vinicunca desde Cusco

Our journey begins with a comfortable one-and-a-half-hour drive to the charming Andean town of Cusipata. Hop in and relax! Our vehicle is all set up for your comfort, ensuring you can kick back and arrive at the trailhead feeling totally refreshed.

In Cusipata, we’ll make a stop for a hearty breakfast, where you’ll indulge in delicious Andean cuisine amidst the backdrop of snow-capped peaks.

Once fueled up, we’ll continue our drive for another hour to reach the trailhead at Chilliwani (4600m/15160ft). Here, our local expert will provide essential safety tips as we embark on our hike to Vinicunca Peru.

The hike presents a moderate challenge, but fret not—if hiking isn’t your thing, horse rentals are available.

With each step towards the summit, the mountains unveil their breathtaking beauty. The sunrise paints a new day, revealing the natural wonders of this hidden gem. Along the way, you’ll encounter llamas, alpacas, and wild vicuñas, granting you a glimpse into their enchanting world.

After approximately two hours of ascent, we’ll conquer the summit of the iconic VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, standing proudly at 5100m – 16700ft. Prepare to be mesmerized by the panoramic views, including the majestic Ausangate glacier (6 375m 20,900ft), the highest in the Cusco region.

Once we reach the summit, you’ll have plenty of time to take a breather, munch on some snacks, snap some breathtaking photos, and really take in that fresh Andean breeze. Our local expert will dive into the fascinating world of Andean mythology and share insights into the peaks around us, adding depth to your experience.

After soaking in those summit views, we’ll start our descent at a leisurely pace, usually taking around an hour and a half to get back to the trailhead.

Before heading back to Cusco City, we’ll make a brief stop in Cusipata for a well-deserved lunch. You’ll be dropped off at your Hotel by 3:30 p.m., concluding your unforgettable journey.


  • Meet Your Experienced and Friendly Guide: Get ready to kick off your adventure with a guide who knows this place like the back of their hand. They’re not just there to lead the way, but also to share their love and knowledge of the destination with you.
  • Enjoy the Company of a Knowledgeable Local Expert: Connect with a local expert who’s not only your guide but also your window into the culture, history, and traditions of the region. They’ll make sure your experience is not just memorable but deeply enriching.
  • Travel in Comfort with Private Transportation: Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride! Our private transportation ensures you have a smooth and comfy journey to your destination, without any worries or hassles along the way.
  • We’ll Pick You Up and Drop You Off Right from Your Hotel in Cusco: Forget about the hassle of figuring out transportation logistics. We’ve got you covered! We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, so you can start your adventure stress-free and right on time.
  • Start Your Day Right with a Traditional Local Breakfast: Get fueled up for the day ahead with a delicious breakfast that’s as authentic as it gets. It’s the perfect start to your adventure, giving you the energy you need to explore and discover all the wonders waiting for you.
  • Savor a Delicious Lunch with Soup and Main Course Options: Treat your taste buds to a feast! Indulge in a mouthwatering lunch, complete with options that include hearty soups and tempting main courses. It’s a culinary delight that’ll keep you satisfied throughout your journey.
  • Alcoholic drinks and others not mentioned on the list
  • Dinner
  • Rain poncho (can be bought anywhere in the city or along the trail)
  • Entrance fee (30.00 soles per person)
  • Horses (optional)
  • USD 139.00 per person for a Group of 2 people (prices reduce if there are more people in your group).
  • USD 119.00 per person for a Group of 3 people.
  • USD 99.00 per person for a Group of 4 people.
  • USD 79.00 per person for a Group of 5 people +
  • NOTE: We limit our group service to a maximum of 8 people. This approach ensures that each individual receives a higher level of personalized attention and service. By keeping our group sizes small, we can focus more effectively on meeting the unique needs and preferences of each guest, enhancing the overall experience for everyone involved.
  • Don’t forget to pack some warm layers like a jacket, sweater, scarf, and gloves.
  • A rain poncho is a must, just in case the weather decides to surprise us.
  • Grab a sun hat and sunglasses to shield yourself from the bright Andean sun.
  • Slather on some sunblock to keep your skin protected.
  • And of course, don’t leave behind a hat to keep you cozy if it gets chilly up there.
  • Bring along plenty of water, about 1.5 liters, to keep yourself hydrated throughout the hike.
  • Remember to pack your camera and camcorder to capture all those unforgettable moments along the way!
  • If you decide to cancel your tour less than 5 days before it begins, unfortunately, we won’t be able to offer any refunds.
  • If you cancel between 5 to 7 days before your tour starts, we’ll refund 50% of your payment.
  • Now, if you cancel more than 7 days in advance, we’re happy to refund 90%, but we do need to keep a 10% fee to cover some administrative costs.
  • Changing the date of your tour is possible, but it does come with a fee of $20 per traveler, and it’s subject to availability.

Now, when it comes to unforeseen circumstances like delayed flights, train schedule changes, bad weather, or sudden strikes that impact the tour, unfortunately, we can’t issue refunds in those cases. We’re really sorry for any inconvenience they may cause.