Rainbow Mountain – the colorful mountain that is from Peru

Colorful Mountain, Rainbow Mountain, or more internationally speaking, Rainbow Mountain. No matter what you wanted to call it, it will continue to honor your name: a mountain full of fantastic colors, with features that look like they were drawn by hand and then painted by a water colorist.

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The Rainbow Mountain Tour is a brand new tour that started shipping in early 2019. The official name of the mountain is Winicunca – at least that’s what it says on the ticket – but you can also find the names Vinicunca on the internet, Willkacunca and Wininkuca. It is located in Peru, more precisely in the department (state) of Cusco. So if you go to Cusco, get ready to experience this fantastic place with lots of adventure!

Click here to see our post detailing various attractions of Cusco’s Historic Center, with lots of information on how to get to the city. This other post reports our tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, another destination to be made from Cusco, passing through several Incas archaeological parks.

Keep reading and you will understand how to get to the Colorful Mountains, will know what you will encounter along the way, and most importantly will understand all the difficulties of getting there so you can judge whether this tour is for you or not – and of course you will see photos, lots of photos!

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How to get to Rainbow Mountain

Getting to Rainbow Mountain is easy: just book the tour with a travel agency and they will take you there. That simple.

(There’s also a not-so-simple-but-that’s-cool-way: 2, 4, 5-day trails through the surrounding snowy mountains! No doubt we’ll opt for this mode next time we go to look with local agencies about these longer trails if you are interested.)

The hike to the mountains is done with a guide, who organizes everything for you, gives you the guidance and support you need, and prepares you for breakfast and lunch. I would not suggest that you rent a car or take a bus to get there on your own, but rather leave the city where you are already staying with the tour package booked at a trusted agency.

The Colored rainbow mountain hike 2 daysis a 3-hour drive from Cusco city, next to the small town of Pitumarca. Check the map below for the approximate location so you can get your bearings. Also note the layout of the trek that is taken from where the car leaves us until we actually reach the mountains.

How is the trek to Rainbow Mountain?

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I will not curl you and I will say right away: the trail that is made to get to Rainbow Mountain is not for anyone. It is 8 km walk to get there, plus around. In total, it is almost 6 hours walking at a temperature around 0 ℃, if not less – this time is totally dependent on your physical capacity, may vary more or less. And, to top it off, it starts at 4,300 m, until it reaches the lookout for the Colorful Mountain at 5,000 m above sea level – for comparison; Cusco is 3,400 m and La Paz at 3,600 m.

Oh, don’t despair so much. They also offer the option of going on a horse’s back a good deal of the way, which helps so much. See below to understand how it works.

Due to the hardships of the place, leave this tour only after a few days at high altitude, when you are already used to the low amount of oxygen available in the air and are no longer feeling the effects of see our recommendations for dealing with the ice cream here ).

But good, despite the hardships, the thrill you feel and the luscious landscapes easily rival Machu Picchu! The look is amazing from the beginning of the walk until the arrival at the lookout – especially there – there is snow that can be played in the others – right, Dona Agnes? – Have views of snowy mountains in the distance and the colors you will see in the mountain photos are not image treatment: the tones are the same ones!

If you feel ready to go, fall in. The tour was unforgettable for us and I hope you enjoy it too!

But before the trail itself, let’s get some important information.

The difficulties start very early, literally: the van came to pick us up at Cusco at 3 am. As we had arrived from Machu Picchu the day before at 11 pm, there were very few hours of sleep – just 3 pm, to be precise. The first tip then is: schedule a trip to the Colored Mountain for a day that you won’t be late for the day before.

The second tip is for before leaving the hotel room: the choice of clothes. I’ve been wearing a hat and a pair of adult alpaca wool gloves, which is the cheapest one out there – I didn’t feel the need to wear a scarf – sunglasses, the Destines long-sleeved blouse; D – which is made of polyamide – a very thick coat to hold 0 ℃, a jeans – without the second skin, just the same pants -, a pair of socks and a waterproof hiking boot – if permeable, be careful not to step on snow and soak your foot.

Note that there were only two clothes to cover the trunk. The walk itself will make your body warm up, so you don’t need another piece of clothing – but nothing against putting one more blouse in your backpack if you’re usually too cold. Agnes himself was wearing an extra fleece blouse. At first I would take off and put on my coat as I felt cold or hot, but then I realized that I could go only with the jacket ajar, without closing the zipper, which was already a nice compromise in temperature.

Oh, also bring a raincoat, backpack cover, or some other waterproof protection. We went in September, at the beginning of the rainy season, which runs until April, and we didn’t get any rain, but the day before it had been raining. So be prepared not to get wet if water starts to fall. Check with your agency first to find out how the weather is there.

After 3 hours of road, we arrived in an extremely simple village, with only a few well-spread shacks. We entered one of them and were served breakfast. Until it was good, with coffee, cocoa tea, scrambled eggs, sausage, bread and a sweet rice-like business, “that’s for energy,” the guide explained – I wonder how much sugar there should be…

The walk then started around 7:30 pm. At almost 1 km, we arrived on a small hill where locals lined up with their horses to meet the demands of those who wanted to go on the quadruped’s back.

If you are unsure whether or not to get this service, don’t worry. My suggestion is not to take it, and keep walking. These residents and their horses are spreading along the way to continue to offer the same service, but for a lower price. Another option is to do as one of the people in my group do: she even paid for the horse right away, which was carrying the backpack, but she kept walking herself.

We follow a section not very inclined for about 4 Km, easy walk. On the floor we see grass and several loose stones, with small streams formed by the melting waters of snow.

The look is very amazing as we are passing through a wide valley!

After 1 h and a short walk, we stop at a checkpoint where a 10 Soles ticket is charged to visit the Winicunca tourist attraction – Rainbow Mountain itself. Please note at this point: Check with your agency when paying for the tour whether or not this ticket is in the package. If so, the guide himself will pay you the ticket. As we had arrived late from Machu Picchu the day before, there was no time to pick up the tour voucher from the agency, but we knew the ticket price was included, and the guide trusted our word.

The look is getting more and more fucking! Halfway there begins a steep climb, which makes us pause a few times to breathe – we constantly rested so as not to force our bodies, because the temperature was too low and the air very thin, which could cause serious problems.

take a deep breath and exhale, very slowly… Walk slowly too, always respecting the warnings your body gives you, and stop when you think it is best to rest. It was with these tips, especially deep breathing, that I avoided having a headache: when she started, I realized I wasn’t breathing properly; when I took a deep breath, it would pass.

Ah, pause for some public information: there are several restrooms along the way! Not a big deal, probably all just with a hole in the floor, but at least it’s inside a shack, which gives you privacy.

Climbing the inclined plane, snow begins to appear more! By the side of the trail, you can step on one thick layer of ice and play snowball on the others. If you have never played in the snow before, this is a great opportunity! Just be careful because stepping on snow wets your feet a lot – and slips. Either wear waterproof shoes, or get ready to walk on wet feet.

After a 2:30 h, we could see the mountain where we were going to climb and then we could see the Rainbow Mountain, but we still had no idea where it would be – spoiler: in front of the lookout, on the left.

At 3 pm, we reached the foot of the mountain, and we had to climb a further 200 meters in the most inclined plane of the path. It is at this time that the people who have come by horse must come down from them and walk on.

Final climb to Rainbow Mountain Lookout

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At that time I saw that there were two people from other groups feeling very sick. One was apparently leaning on her guide, who patiently propped her up and walked with her. Another often used the oxygen cylinder his guide had. On the way back, someone told us that a person had passed out. So be warned to always respect your body!

That’s what I’m talking about!  Rainbow Mountain to its fullest!  :

The look is so amazing it looks like it was designed by someone! In the evening one of those northeastern who make handicrafts with colorful sand bottles and make everything fit for the tourists of the next day should go… Either that, or the nature is amazing and occasionally gives us shows like this. It is eye-popping and memory-etched!

We stayed 1 hour upstairs. In a moment, the guide gathered the group and gave a geological explanation as to why this mountain coloration, and also explain about the fauna of Peru. It was a short but really cool class.

The descent was faster, of course, and much easier. I could speed up without stopping to rest.

And don’t wait to play in the snow just around the corner! By the time we passed, it was almost all melted. It shifted to the landscape, with less white on the ground and mountains and more streams along the way formed by the melting ice.

On the way back, around noon, the ground snow was gone…

We arrived back at the village from where we left in a 2:30 hr walk just before 3 pm. In the same shack that we had eaten breakfast, lunch was served. And I’ll tell you huh: what a lunch! Seriously, it must have been the best meal I’ve had on the entire trip! Quinoa soup, chicken, pasta, ground beef, vegetables… all with excellent flavor. Of course, some will say that I only thought it was good because the tiredness was latent and the hunger was huge, and you would find it very good whatever you put in front of you, but don’t let these people mess up your meal.

With a full belly and extremely pleased with everything we saw and felt that day, we returned to the van and took the same 3 hours of the trip to arrive again in Cusco, around 18:30.

Rainbow Mountain is one of the destinations in the Cusco region we present here, but there are others: the city itself is fantastic, with a lot of Inca and religious history, and the surrounding area is also rich with archeological parks in the Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail with Camping. Click on both links to see these beautiful attractions! And of course… there’s Machu Picchu too – wait!

If you are looking for a next destination for your holiday, you can state after all we have seen there: get your next paycheck and tower all in tickets to Cusco! The city and the region are worth this investment!

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Best Way of Trekking To the Colorful Rainbow Mountain

Day 1 – Stay in Cusco

Meeting for trekking, overnight

Before trekking to Rainbow Mountain, spend at least one night in Cusco. Therefore, we have already included this night for you in the block. You will spend the night in a colonial-style hotel in the San Blas district, just above the tourist center. All rooms are comfortably furnished and have heating and of course a private bathroom. The area is full of restaurants and small boutiques. Within a few minutes you can walk to the central square.

An employee of our local agency will meet you today and give you valuable information and tips for tomorrow’s trekking. So if necessary, you still have enough time to buy the last things for the next day. Go to bed early today, as you will be picked up at the hotel very early the next morning.

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Day 2 – Trekking to Rainbow Mountain

Transfer, Trekking, Overnight stay, Meals: Breakfast (F) & Lunch (M)

Hiker at Rainbow Mountain

Starting point of the trek to Rainbow Mountain

After a short night, you will be picked up at about four in the morning and drive in about two hours to the small town of Cusipata. Here you can fortify yourself with breakfast and then continue to the starting point of your hike.

The hike to the lookout point on the Rainbow Mountain takes about two hours on the way, the way back downhill is a bit faster. You walk at almost 5,000 meters altitude, a literally “breathtaking” hike, during which you certainly have to stop more often on the way and have to catch your breath. A physical challenge in which every step is difficult. But the effort is rewarded with impressive prospects and encounters. For example, on the way you can see the 6,300 meter high, always snowy Ausangate trek to Rainbow mountain, blue lakes and green valleys. Occasionally alpacas, llamas and local, mostly colorful dressed villagers come to meet you.

The hike ends at a lookout point on Rainbow Mountain, also called Vinicunca in the Inca language Quechua, which means “mountain of seven colors”. The colors are caused by various minerals such as copper or iron, which are in the earth. How intense the colors appear depends on the weather. The sunnier, the more colorful. Therefore, we offer this trekking only in the Peruvian winter (from May to October), since then the chance of sunshine is greatest.

Then head back to the starting point of the trek and have time to enjoy a simple lunch either served at a local restaurant or a packed lunch with your guide. Afterwards, head back to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at the hotel. The evening you can end comfortably in one of the many restaurants in the city.

Day 3 – onward journey

Catering: F

Travelers climbing the Rainbow Mountain with mountain panorama

Many nice souvenir photos – the trekking was worth it!

After breakfast, this module ends. For many travelers Cusco is the starting point for a visit to the world wonder Machu Picchu. If you still have enough energy, you can choose one of the different treks (short or long). But we also offer blocks where you can travel by train to Aguas Calientes, the starting point for Machu Picchu. Choose your favorite Machu Picchu device yourself.

Important information from our Peru travel specialists:

The trekking takes place at high altitude and can be canceled on site in bad weather conditions at short notice by our local partner. In case of extreme snowfall or heavy rain, the local partner decides at short notice whether the hike can take place or whether the accident risk is too great.

Trekking is not easy, and for those with good physical condition, climbing in combination with altitude is a challenge. If you are not sure whether the tour is suitable for you or not, then get in contact with us and we will talk about it personally.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Package for Your Upcoming Machu Picchu Tour

One of the places that everyone wants to see before they die is Machu Picchu and you need to make sure that you are planning the right trip. There are so many options that you are going to want to consider, including how long the package is for and what you are going to see. You also want to consider the transportation and much more, so keep reading to find out more.

How to Pick the Right Trip Package

You always want to make sure that you are picking the right package for your short Inca trail to Machu Picchu 2 days and that means you need to know what to consider. Here are just a few of the factors that you are going to want to consider, including:

  • Duration – There are going to be various packages that you can choose and one thing you are going to want to think about is the duration. There are a few classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 days that you can enjoy, so make sure that you are thinking of how long you want to be out there.
  • Attractions – There is also plenty that you are going to want to see, so consider the Inca quarry trek 4 days so that you can see everything you want. It is extremely important that you are looking at the attractions that are listed on the itinerary so you know what you are going to see.
  • Price – Another factor that you are going to need to consider when you are looking at the Lares trek 4 days is the price that you are going to be paying. You should find out how much it is going to cost you per person and what is included in the cost that they are charging.
  • Transportation – When you are heading to the Rainbow Mountain hike 2 days you would want to consider how you are going to get to the starting point. There is a lot that you would want to think about, including if the price includes all of the transportation and what else it would include.
  • Accommodations – Also, you are going to need to think about if you are going to have to carry the tent or if they will be provided for you during the trip.

Ensure that you are aware of what you need to consider when it comes to picking the right package for your upcoming trip. It is extremely important that you are thinking about where you want to head and what you want to see and what attractions would be covered.

You should think about the duration of the package that you are going to pick and there are quite a few that you can enjoy like the Ancascocha trek 4 days from Andean Path Travel. Youare going to get the best itinerary as well as getting one of the lowest costs for the trip. They can help you with the transportation back and forth from the hotel or the airport are so make sure that you go ahead and book with Andean Path Travel.

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Adventurous treks amidst the magical city of Machu Picchu

There can be many ways to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate. Some to spas, some on vacations, and a few adventurous people go on a trek. Trekking is an activity that not only acts as a vacation but also helps to improve your physical strengths.

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days is a type of a trek which unfolds the scenic beauty as well as offers exciting benefits. A trek improves physical capacity and strengths as well as broadens the areas of the mind.

In a Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days, you can have a trek in a quite short period of time, because of which that there is no need to take extended leaves from work. You can discover yourself, amidst the greenery and rustic steps, high mountains, and deep valleys.

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Along with the trek, you will be able to see unique natural phenomena of colorful mountains. Yes! You heard it right, the hills with rainbow color stripes. While trailing on the rainbow mountain hike 2 days,you will be astonished to see how magical creation of the nature can leave the tourist mesmerized.

The trekking generally includes climbing mountains and reaching to the higher altitudes. If you are a person who is ready to take up challenges or love to go extreme, the ancascocha trek 4 days might be the best choice for you. Tedious walk at higher altitude try out your limits, and the trek is for those who love real challenges.

There are different routes for the trekkers, one is to reach the macho Pichu, and another starts after reaching that point. You can opt for reaching the village by any vehicle; however, Machu Picchu by train 2 days might be the best option. Enjoying the train journey while feeding the eyes with natural beauty can be an excellent experience.

Whenever you plan to visit any place, visiting the sacred sites is a must. The short Inca trail 2 days offers a visit to the holy valleys. By visiting such sites, you get to know the traditional and cultural value of the place.

Luckily if you have some extra days in hands opting for Inca quarry, trek 4 days can be a good option. This particular trek can allow you to visit the holy places leisurely and help to absorb the positives vibes from the same. Along with it, visiting the local market place and indulging in local food can be an additional benefit.

Lares trek 4 dayscan be considered as the other option for the Inca treks. This trek connects you to the communities of five different villages. You can see their lifestyles, traditions, and cultures while you are on this trek.

In short, the full trek of Machu Picchu can be considered as performing a historical study along with fun filled activities that can leave you refreshed and energized.

Happy Trekking!

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3 Things to Know Before Starting the Salkantay Hike

If in your future plans you plan to travel to Peru, know Cusco and experience an extreme adventure while undertaking the Salcantay Trek to Inca Trail quarry trek 4 days, it is important to take note of this information.

1. When to Travel? 

Before you start planning your trip, you should know that there are certain times of the year that are more recommended than others for the Salkantay hike. The best time of the year to undertake this adventure is the dry season, between the months of May and October, May being the preferred month, since the wet season has just ended and vegetation is still thriving. In addition, the coldest month is June.

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2. What To Bring?

For this trip, it is recommended to travel light and bring only the strict necessary, since you will have to carry your bag on your back for most of the way. The clothes brought must be adequate for the hike: in the mountains, the temperature is cool during the day (between 10 and 15 degrees on average), but the nights are very cold. It is also important to remember to bring your personal hygiene items such as a towel, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, etc. Also bring your personal medicine to your needs, such as pellets for altitude sickness or diachylon or dressings to treat blisters and wounds. On this 6 Day Trek to Machu Picchu you will enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna of the Andes, ecosystems and the scenery as well as the famous Salkantay mountain and Humantay lake you will see is breathtaking.

3. Altitude Sickness and How to Avoid It

It is very important to take the time to acclimatize to altitude before embarking on a mountain hike. We recommend that travelers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before departure. Pellets for altitude sickness can also help and are used by most hikers. It should also be well hydrated, coca mate is also recommended. Eat light meals that are easy to digest such as soups, vegetables, and carbohydrate-rich foods. Sleep also helps greatly in acclimatization. In summary: keep your body warm, eat before hungry, drink before thirsty, cover yourself before feeling cold and rest before you feel tired

Do not worry, for the duration of the trip, you will be accompanied by our experienced guides who will assist you in case of problems.

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