In this time, the Rainbow Mountain Tour has become one of the most visited destinations in Cusco; in addition to the tours to Machu Picchu, its impressive beauty and colors make that 3000 travelers from all over the world visit it daily.
This mountain does locate at 5,036 m.a.s.l. and to get to it. You will have to make a beautiful trek enjoying beautiful mountains, spotless air, and the company of alpacas and llamas.
We will provide you with all the information you need to make this extraordinary hike and take a tour of this unique beauty of nature.
The “Rainbow Mountain” is located in Ausangate at an altitude of 5,036 m.a.s.l., this is an essential fact before making this trek; since you need to acclimatize for two days in the city of Cusco.
The 07 Colors Mountain must have been acclimatized for 02 days in Cusco, so you should do this tour on the last day of your stay in Cusco.
Above 2 400 m.a.s.l., the air begins to get scarce as you ascend; so you inhale less oxygen; besides the stay in Cusco, it is necessary to hydrate properly and drink a delicious Coca tea.
The Rainbow Mountain is located 100 km 02 hours south of the city of Cusco, in the town of Cusipata; take a detour. After an hour’s drive, you reach the base camp of Phulawasipata at 4,600 m.a.s.l., in front of the great Nevado Ausangate, the highest mountain in Cusco, in the Cordillera de Vilcanota.
It is a 2-hour hike to reach the Montaña de Colores (Rainbow Mountain).
Remember that reaching it is not a competition; each traveler will hike at their own pace, according to their physical condition and degree of acclimatization.
There is also the option of arriving on horseback; the price of the horse is S/ 100.00 (35.00 USD).
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It is a bit of a strenuous hike (just because of the altitude); organizing your backpack is one of the essential aspects. Here is what you need to bring:
Personal medications: You must carry the medicines you need; there are no pharmacies or drugstores along the way.
Extra money: Except for the medicine, there are other food and souvenirs that you can buy, although they will cost a little more than in the city.
An extra change of clothes: If you are traveling in the rainy season, it is necessary to bring a spare change of clothes, if you get wet you will need it to change, although we recommend you to bring warm and waterproof clothes, so you will avoid getting wet, it is also necessary to bring hiking shoes.
Cusco has two distinct seasons, the dry season and the rainy season.
The best time to visit the Rainbow Mountain Tour is the low rainy season. The days are mostly sunny and with very little rain, exceptions.
This season receives the highest number of visitors, with 3,000 travelers per day.
Many travelers passionate about hiking new routes usually travel to the Rainbow Mountain tour in the rainy season, where the colors are different. Still, the hiking experience is exceptional; although it becomes a little more complicated, our travelers have chosen these dates to travel to the Mountain of Colors, and all were satisfied.
Mountain of 7 Colors to get there, there are 02 routes:
Pitumarca: It is the traditional route; initially, the vehicles arrived until Quesiuno, and the walk lasted 5 hours. Later, the vehicle route did extend to Pampachiri, and the hike lasted 3 hours. With the latest route extension, the trip only lasts about 45 minutes. However, the vehicular road is much longer, and it is necessary to pay tolls, which is why visiting the mountain by this route is more expensive, and very few people use it. Approximately 100 people arrive daily at the peak by this route.
Cusipata: In this new route, you take a detour through Cusipata, and it is a 01 hour trip to the camp in Phulawasipata; from there, the hike to the mountain lasts between 1 to 2 hours. Approximately 2500 to 3000 visitors arrive by this route.