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Frequently Asked Questions about the Rainbow Mountain Trek 2024

Rainbow Mountain – Frequently asked questions.

An average of 2,000 tourists seeking adventure and enjoying the beautiful landscapes start this physical and spiritual challenge every day. Most of them reach 5200 meters / 17,060 feet with their hearts in their hands and lungs to burst; another part of them sometimes requires the help of a horse or a mule to reach the highest point.

Here are some frequently asked questions; we chose the top 05 about the trip to the mountain of colors:

1.- Where is Rainbow Mountain in Peru?

The rainbow mountain (one of its different names) does locate in the Andes, in the region of Cusco – Peru, approximately 100 km southeast of the city of Cusco, three hours by transport and two hours of walking (01-hour of one way and 01 hours to return).

It is essential to keep in mind that no public transport company offers to take you there. The only way to do this tour is to hire a travel agency.

2.- What to take to the mountain of colors?

Remember that this trip only lasts one day; most companies leave Cusco at 5:00 a.m. and return around 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

When leaving and returning to Cusco City, it is frigid and dry. During the hike, the weather is volatile; everything depends on the clouds and the sun. If it is a day without clouds, we will have a lot of heat. Still, as soon as a shadow appears, the typical icy wind of the Andes will begin. In addition to this, there are occasions where we can have the presence of rain or snow, even that is a part of the walk, this one with intense sun, meters away it is raining, and only steps later, we have snow.

This is part of all the magic that rainbow mountain offers.

Recommended things to bring:

  • Go dressed in layers.
  • Suitable pants for the walk.
  • Thermal clothing (second skin).
  • Sneakers/trekking shoes.
  • Cap or hat.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Rain jacket or poncho.
  • Hat for cold.
  • Scarf.
  • Gloves.
  • Water.
  • Some snacks.

Remember that there are no porter services; therefore, you must carry everything. We recommend you bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 50 liters. Or rent a horse.

3.- What is the best time of year to visit this rainbow mountain in Peru?

The best time to visit rainbow mountain is May to September because the rainy season does not affect these months.

In the same way as all the Peruvian Andes. This area is heavily affected in the rainy season (from the end of December to the end of March) due to unbearable rains causing landslides and road blockages. There is a high possibility of not reaching the summit or finding everything cloudy. We recommend NOT doing this walk in rainy seasons because you run an increased risk. The rest of the year, the route is tranquil. The mountain is 90% covered with snow in some weeks of June, but we will still have beautiful views.

  • January: not recommended.
  • February: not recommended.
  • March: not recommended.
  • April: recommended.
  • May: highly recommended.
  • June: highly recommended.
  • July: highly recommended.
  • August: highly recommended.
  • September: highly recommended.
  • October: recommended.
  • November: recommended
  • December: recommended.

4.- How far is rainbow mountain from Machupicchu?

Taken as reference Cusco (city), which is in the middle of both, Machupicchu is in the jungle and the rainbow mountain in Los Andes.

At the end of the other, Machupicchu is to the North of Cusco and Montaña de Colores to the South.

We recommend visiting Machupicchu first and then knowing the Mountain of Colors.

5.- What mountain should I visit?

There are 2:

  • Rainbow Mountain
  • Palccoyo.

You can see the main differences in the following link: Montaña de Colores and its names.

Both Peruvian natural wonders have nothing to envy any place used in movies like STAR WARS or THE LORD OF THE RINGS (many of these places are made on the computer).

6. How to get to Rainbow Mountain?

There are two ways to go, one by hiring a travel agency and the other on your own, if you are used to long walks you can choose the second option, but first, you must consult people who know the place, in addition, you must know where to take a car to get to the Rainbow Mountain.

7. How should my physical condition reach the mountain of seven colors?

Ensure your good health, feel one hundred percent well, and feel capable of going worldwide. Safety action: “it is advisable to visit your doctor to review your health.”

8. How could altitude affect me on Rainbow Mountain?

Rainbow Mountain is 5,200 masl affects you you will feel the effects. Symptoms are headaches, dizziness, insomnia, loss of appetite, and energy loss. To not be affected by the height, it is advisable to go to your doctor beforehand.

9. What clothes should I bring to the Rainbow Mountain hike?

The clothes with which you feel comfortable and capable of going around the world a thousand times, wide or flexible pants, a warm jacket that does not weigh you down, and good trekking shoes, of course, a hat to protect us from the sun.

10. What to bring to eat for Rainbow Mountain?

It would be best not to worry about your food; Kondor Path Tours takes care of everything. That is why we have specialized cooks. Our food is very nutritious, based on the typical Andean dishes. The dishes are not heavy; they are very healthy; they contain proteins, vitamins, and all the food a traveler needs.

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