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Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

1. Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

Witness Rainbow Mountain in all its glory, take some photos and explore the area on a day trip from Cusco with a guide. Set out on an adventure in the early morning with a hotel pickup. Head up the mountain, cross small villages, immerse yourself in the local culture, and have lunch after your hike. Begin your full-day tour in Cusco city, where you will be picked up between 4:15 AM and 4:45 AM. You will then drive in a comfortable van for 3 hours to the town of Cusipata, where you will have breakfast in a local family house. Following breakfast, head to the starting point of your hike. There are approximately 3 kilometers of flat land uphill, leading to the majestic "Mountain of Colors". The hike will take about 1.5 hours, depending on your level of fitness. Along the way, enjoy panoramic views of the valleys, wild llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, as well as of the Andes and the nearby glaciers.  Once here, if the weather is good, get the first views of Rainbow Mountain. At the top, take a well-deserved break, which will also be your chance to catch your breath and enjoy the stunning views. After taking beautiful photos, begin your descent, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch upon your return. You will then take private transportation back to Cusco, where you will arrive at approximately 5:00 PM.

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour and Hike

2. Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour and Hike

The tour starts from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00 am approx, depending on your hotel location the pickup time will be quite different. Once the group is ready the great adventure will start in the direction of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. You travel by car for 2 hours approx in our tourist transport until arriving in the community of Cusipata. Here, you enjoy a delicious breakfast before continuing with the tour. Continuing the Rainbow Mountain Tour, The car leaves the main road to take the dirt road for 45 minutes more. During the trip, you can observe beautiful landscapes, canyons, and beautiful glaciers as The Ausangate Glacier (The biggest of Cusco region). Once you arrive at the final stop for the van, the group start hiking for 1.5 hours approximately. The time is an average and It depends on sure of your speed but no worries you will hike at your rhythm. After having a nice hike to the Rainbow Mountain Cusco, You finally arrive at the destination: The Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain (5.020m / 16.466 ft.). Once the group is together again, you have all the information about this beautiful attraction provided by our very knowledgeable tour guide. After that, you have free time to enjoy the beauty of the mountain on your own, take pictures, enjoy a snack, or just relax. After enjoying the Rainbow Mountain which is one of the best Day Trips From Cusco, The Group starts the walk back to the parking and then to the community of Cusipata. Here, you have a delicious lunch and then return to the imperial city of Cusco. Finally, at the end of the Rainbow Mountain Tour, you return to Cusco where our transportation will take you to the city center (04:30 pm approx) or if it is in private service, to your respective hotel. End of services Emergency numbers: +51 979300796 / +51 983784029

Cusco : Rainbow Mountain Tours Full day Trek with meals

3. Cusco : Rainbow Mountain Tours Full day Trek with meals

Your full-day tour begins in Cusco city, where you will be picked up between 4:00 AM ,After that, you'll travel to Qollasuyo. We will arrive at Checacupe and then arrive at the town of Pitumarca, After that, we walk passing beautiful landscapes and lagoons where alpacas, llamas, vicuñas, puma, Andean birds, condors, etc. live in a walk of 3 ½ hrs approx. until the Vinicunca Pass (5,200 m.s.), from where we will have an impressive view of the Cerro Colorado, which with the sunrise shows its impressive valley and hills of magical colors.then We will observe mountains such as the Apu Sarinini and the Ausangate Mountain, the highest in Cusco (6,372 meters above sea level) The Community of Chillca, constituted by shepherds of llamas and alpacas, is known as the guardian of these Andean places Every year, on the north side of Ausangate, the festival of Qoyllur Rit’i has been celebrated since time immemorial, where faith is impressive as dancers from different parts of Peru arrive. At the end of the day: Return to Cusco. Arrival approx: 6:00 pm.

From Cusco: Private Vinicunca Trip with Photography

4. From Cusco: Private Vinicunca Trip with Photography

We will pick you up between 4:30 to 5:00 am from your respective hotel, we will board our transportation to go to the town of Cusipata, province of Quispicanchis where we will make our first stop to enjoy a delicious breakfast. After this brief stop, we will continue our journey to the mountain of colors, here we will begin our hike uphill for approximately 2 hours to reach the rainbow mountain "Vinincunca" on the way we will appreciate the famous South American camelids llamas and alpacas that will surprise you and also interact with the local people who still keep alive the culture all this will be captured in professional photographs and upon reaching the top of the mountain (5200 meters above sea level) will have time to explore the area and the photographer will take the best pictures at strategic points, after the great experience we will start the return trip and enjoy a delicious lunch in Cusipata, finally we will return to Cusco, arriving to the city of Cusco at approximately 18:00 pm

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What people are saying about Vinicunca

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 558 reviews

We loved our trip to Rainbow Mountain - the colors were beautiful and vibrant! We were very lucky with good weather. We opted for the horse ride for the hike towards the mountain and walked back. In hindsight this was a great approach as we arrived at the mountain before those walking/hiking which allowed us to take photos with less crowds and more time to enjoy, & then walked back.

This was a great trip! The guide was wonderful and knowledgeable about the area and how to help fight off altitude illness. The trek up was difficult- I’d recommend wearing layers and bringing trekking poles! Our guide showed us a side spot to take great pictures of the mountain without waiting in line. We were back exactly on time. The food was fine- enough to fill you up

The visit was super good, the Guide got us horses, and found us on the way, we didn't identify her, but she came to us, which shows that she was really taking care of us. Lunch and coffee are good.

This tour was incredible, our guide Dona also amazing. My personal opinion, better experience than Machu Piccu. I recommend to purchase Oxishot in drugstore in Cusco. My wife was very happy for that.

Good value for money. The pick up was punctual, the guide very prepared and informative and the food delicious, all excellent!