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Cerro de Vinicunca
Cerro de Vinicunca
Cerro de Vinicunca
Cerro de Vinicunca



Experience a gorgeous route towards the valley of Ausangate on a walk which takes approximately 1 hour, in which we will appreciate a chain of mountains as the further we ascend, they will begin changing colours until we arrive at Vinicunca, known as the Mountain of 7 colours of Rainbow Mountain, due to its similarity with the colours of the rainbow hence the name, Rainbow Mountain. The mountain of Vinicunca is located at 5,200 mts, and due to the large quantity of minerals which reveals its own products of the thaw has obtained its famous colours which attract hundreds of tourists every year.

Vinicunca or Winikunka, also known as Mountain of 7 colours, Rainbow Mountain or Mountain of colours (the villagers call it coloured hill) is a mountain of Peru with an altitude of 5200 mts.


General Description:

  • Daily tours: 4 am to 16:30 am
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Starting point: Cusco
  • Places we will visit: Cusipata – Vinicunca
  • End point: Cusco
  • GROUP: 17 – 20
  • Physical level: Level 3
  • Altitude: 5100 mts
  • Category: Nature
  • Best time to visit: May – November
  • Payment:  PayPal y Western Unión

RECOMENDATION: We recommend that you stay for at least 2 days in Cusco in order to get used to the altitude. Remember that, although the walk in around 2 hours to get there and 2 hours on the way back, if you have not familiarized yourself to the altitude you could potentially have difficulty during the trek.




This program commences very early with the departure from Cusco

Our mobility will come and collect you from your hotel depending on the selected time of the program, in order to head towards the district of Cusipata which is at a distance of approximately 77 kilometers. After being on the bus for 2 hours, you will arrive at the community of Cusipata where you will be able to enjoy breakfast for 30 minutes in order to continue driving for an approximation of a further hour in our mobility until we arrive at the community of PHULAWASIPATA. From this point we will initiate our walk towards the Mountain of 7 colours – Vinicunca. The walk will take roughly 1 hour with 45 minutes to 2 hours as we ascend up to 5100 mts.

Now being at the top of the mountain, our guide will give a brief explanation about this beautiful natural formation.

According to some geologists from the society of geology of Peru, the mountain of Vinicunca, alongside many other mountains of the huge Cordillera of the Andes have formed from the movement of the tectonic plates which have elevated the marine sediments to the point of being converted into impressive mountains.

On the other hand, the color presented by Vinicunca is the result of the oxidation of some minerals due to erosion, humidity and other geological factors.

At some point in our history, the mountain was covered with blocks of ice: it was snowy. However, due to global warming and climate change, the ice disappeared and left in its place this magical landscape that demonstrates the beauty and ecological fragility of planet Earth.

The coloring of the 7-color hill, according to the studies of the Deconcentrated Directorate of Culture of Cusco, is due to the following mineralogical composition:

The pink color is the red clay, fangolites (mud) and arilites (sand).

The Blanquecino is by quartz sandstone and marls, rich in calcium carbonate.

Red is composed of clays (iron) and clays belonging to the upper tertiary.

The green is due to the compound of phyllites and clays rich in magnesium ferro.

The earthy brown is a product of fanglomerate composed of rock with magnesium belonging to the Quaternary era.

And the mustard yellow color is due to the presence of calcareous sandstones rich in sulphured minerals.


After receiving our information and time to visit the mountain and take our photos we will take the same way back to our mobility and later return for 1 hour to the CUSIPATA district of PAUCARPATA community to have our lunch in our restaurant. 2:00 pm to We will have lunch. 2:00 pm we begin the return to the city of Cusco. 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm arrival at the square.

Along the way we will be able to appreciate some South American camelids, settlers with their typical costumes and the change in the coloration of the mountains until we reach Vinicunca where we can enjoy the landscape of the entire Vilcanota mountain chain.


  • Entrance to the Rainbow Mountain
  • Tour guide
  • Private minivan transport
  • Buffet lunch
  • Continental breakfast
  • Hiking poles
  • First aid kit

Not Included

  • Cold drinks
  • Horses

What do you bring

  • Passport
  • Small backpack (For your water, camera, snacks etc.)
  • Light clothing, and jacket (As the weather can vary a lot and there is a lot of wind)
  • Hat for both the sun and the cold
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra money for extra expenses
  • Restrictions:
  • Not allowed for pregnant women.
  • Minimum required age of 12 years in good health
  • Maximum age 70 years in good health
  • Not suitable for people with heart problems.


  • Not allowed for pregnant women.
    • Minimum required age of 12 years in good health
    • Maximum age 70 years in good health
    • Not suitable for people with heart problems.
    • It is important to report beforehand about any illness that may affect you.


For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

Travel insurance provides cancellation or interruption of travel, travel delay, medical expenses, emergency assistance, covers the loss of your luggage and luggage delay coverage to protect your financial investment. The medical coverage purchased with your policy also works in these cases.


All about Rainbow mountain

  1. In what period of the year does the trekking take place?The tour takes place throughout the year, always subject to weather conditions.
  2.  When is the best time to perform?Although it can be done throughout the year, the weather tends to stabilize between April and November, when there are more sunny days. However, as it is a mountain tour, there are certain occasions when fog and cloudiness could impede the visibility of the lagoon.
  3. Is it necessary this 1 or 2 days before to make the mountain of colors? Yes, it is very important that this 1 or 2 days before the walk, because it must acclimatize well, it is usually a tour scheduled for the last day of your stay, being already well acclimatized.
  4. Are professional trekking poles necessary to perform the activity?Being a mountain activity, of medium high difficulty, we suggest you bring canes, although they are not essential for the walk, the company will also deliver ecological canes.
  5.  Where does lunch take place?For the rainbow mountain Trekking, lunch is held in a dining room at Soraypampa camp, sometimes in the town of Mollepata, once the trekking is finished. Lunch consists of salad, main course and juice. Remember to let us know if you are a vegetarian or if you have any food restrictions by writing once the reservation is made.
  6.  How many hours are from Cusco to the rainbow mountain Lagoon?From the starting point of the walk approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, this may vary according to the pace of each person.
  7.  How many meters’ high is rainbow mountain?This Mountain is 5,200 meters above sea level.
  8.  Did you have doubts or questions about this destination?Do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you and guide you in everything you need contact us by mail or by whatsapp: [email protected] +51941411418.