Kondor Path Tours

Rainbow Mountain Peru Itinerary

Itinerary for a Rainbow Mountain Trek in Peru:

Day 1: Cusco to Chillca

  • Early morning pick-up from your hotel in Cusco and drive to Chillca (approx. 3 hours)
  • Breakfast in a local restaurant in Chillca
  • Start the trek from Chillca to Hanchipacha (approx. 3 hours)
  • Lunch break at Hanchipacha
  • Continue trekking from Hanchipacha to Pampa Ausangate (approx. 2 hours)
  • Arrive at Pampa Ausangate, set up camp, and enjoy dinner

Day 2: Rainbow Mountain and return to Cusco

  • Early morning wake-up and breakfast at camp
  • Begin the trek to Rainbow Mountain (approx. 2 hours)
  • Arrive at Rainbow Mountain and enjoy the stunning views and take photos
  • Start descending from Rainbow Mountain to Chillca (approx. 4 hours)
  • Lunch break in Chillca
  • Return drive to Cusco (approx. 3 hours)
  • Drop-off at your hotel in Cusco

Note: This itinerary is for a 2-day Rainbow Mountain trek. If you choose to do a longer hike, the itinerary will vary. Also, remember that weather conditions may affect the itinerary, and the trekking routes may vary depending on the tour operator.

What is Rainbow Mountain, exactly?

Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca or Montaña de Siete Colores (Mountain of Seven Colors), is a natural wonder in the Andes of Peru. It is a unique geological formation with vibrant colors that range from reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, and purples. The colors are created by sedimentary layers of rock that have been exposed to erosion and weathering over time. Rainbow Mountain is located in the Vilcanota mountain range, about 100 kilometers southeast of Cusco, and sits approximately 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) above sea level. It has become a popular hiking destination and attracts thousands of visitors yearly.

Rainbow Mountain can be found in the southeastern Cusco Region in southern Peru. It is surrounded by several 17,000-foot-high peaks, including the imposing massifs of Qullpa Ananta and Auzangate, located directly east of the ridge. These mountains appear like sharp rocks covered in ice when viewed from afar.

The trailhead to climb Rainbow Mountain is situated in Pitumarca, Peru. The recent road improvements have significantly reduced travel time and made the route more accessible. You can now reach the start of the Rainbow Mountain trail after a 3-hour drive from the ancient Incan capital of Cusco, Peru.

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