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Best Time to Visit Rainbow Mountain

The most famous Rainbow Mountain, Peru, is visited with more affluence every year; trekking is an adventure surrounded by unique landscapes and local fauna in its maximum splendor, and the tiny houses reflect the daily life in the surrounding communities. Choose the best time to go to the mountain of 7 colors, taking into account the height of Vinicunca.

Visit Rainbow Mountain

Visit Rainbow Mountain

We know that it is a familiar doubt among travelers which season is the best to go to the mountain of seven colors. Well, Vinicunca is located at 5,200 meters above sea level and has a very marked changeable climate.

To choose the best time to enjoy and see the mountain of colors, we must consider the location, the altitude of Vinicunca, and, of course, the weather.

The best time to hike Rainbow Mountain Peru is from April to November, as this is the dry season in the Andes, and you will have blue skies and incredible views, and the sunshine makes for the most comfortable hiking conditions.

However, some months are better than others. We recommend the low season, just before and after the rains, i.e., late April, May, September, October, and early November.

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Hiking scene in Vinicunca, Cusco Region, Peru. Montana de Siete Colores, Rainbow Mountain.

During those months, the weather remains dry, temperatures are pleasant, and the trail is less crowded.

Note: there is always the possibility that the weather can change drastically, regardless of the season.

When is it not recommended to visit Rainbow Mountain?

The worst month to hike Rainbow Mountain Peru is January, specifically late January. At this time of year, the rain is heavy. Landslides block the trail. Snow covers the mountain, and you can see 10 meters in front of you because the fog is thick in the Mountains.

Visit Rainbow Mountain

Visit Rainbow Mountain

Rainbow Mountain in the rainy season

The rainy season begins in mid-December and usually lasts until March. During this time of year, the trail is wet and muddy. Visibility can be poor due to fog covering the mountains, so you will not be able to see the scenic views and will not be able to take good photos.

The weather pattern in the rainy season in the Rainbow Mountains is as follows: sometimes, in the morning, it is good weather, and in the afternoon, it starts raining, or the other way around, bad weather in the morning and good weather in the afternoon.

What is the best time of day to visit Rainbow Mountain?

The answer is between 07 and 09 am or anytime after 2 pm. Few people are at the viewpoint early in the morning; all the people are gone by afternoon.

If you want to be before the Rainbow Mountain crowds, you must leave Cusco at 05 am.

When is the busiest time to visit Rainbow Mountain?

The busiest times to visit Rainbow Mountain are June, July, and August. These months coincide with the dry season in the Andes and summer in the northern hemisphere.

Try not to go to Rainbow Mountain on Sundays.

Cusqueños and Peruvians take advantage of the weekend to hike Rainbow Mountain, so it is busier than other days of the week.

Visiting Rainbow Mountain, Palccoyo, and Red Valley

One of the things you can do in these months that are the best to visit Vinicunca is:

  • Visit Palccoyo
  • Visit Red Valley
  • See the Peruvian Andes in all their splendor.
  • See the blue sky.

Palccoyo is a new option to see the mountain of 7 colors, and this place is less crowded with tourists, making it preferred by many, besides offering more options, such as seeing the stone forest, red valley, and a part of the seven-color mountain.

The red valley is a chain of reddish-colored mountains. Some tours to Rainbow Mountain include a visit to this place.

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Hiking scene in Vinicunca, Cusco Region, Peru. Montana de Siete Colores, Rainbow Mountain.

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