Happy hikers at Rainbow Mountain, Peru

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain day hike

Trips/Machu Picchu Trekking

1 days

High in the Andes is a mountain range with rainbow-coloured streaks that seems to come from a storybook. Go on a challenging high-altitude hike to the summit in the invigorating mountain air, stopping en route to pet llamas and alpacas dressed in bright accessories by their owners. Do NOT forget your camera!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Climb picture-perfect Rainbow Mountain

It's an early start today as your guide drives you inland for three hours to reach the base of Rainbow Mountain (known locally as Vinicunca, or 'coloured mountain'). You begin your climb by the crater lakes, hiking for about 1.5 hours to reach the summit. You should expect to feel out of breath as you're climbing to 5,200 m (17,060 ft) above sea level! The mountain's colours are courtesy of the various minerals that have been deposited in rainbow-like ribbons. Adding to the beauty and charm of this unique site are all the resident alpacas and llamas! After the hike, you go for a cosy lunch in a nearby restaurant before heading back to Cusco.

Alpaca at Vinicunca rainbow mountain in Peru


Price Includes

Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Hot drinks and snacks before the hike

Rainbow Mountain entrance fee

Experienced, English-speaking guide

Lunch at a local restaurant after the hike

Price Does Not Include

Snacks and drinks

Tip for guide (customary)

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Long line of hikers starting the hike up Rainbow Mountain, Peru
Man looking from Rainbow Mountain to other snow-capped peaks, Peru
Peruvian man in traditional dress with horse on Rainbow Mountain, Peru
Close up multi-coloured soils on side of Rainbow Mountain, Peru
 Sheep and alpacas graze along the trail to Rainbow Mountain, Peru