Rainbow Mountain – Mount Vinicunca – 1 Day
Rainbow Mountain – Mount Vinicunca: Trek one of the most intriguing and colourful mountain ranges in Peru.
Located in the Peruvian Andes in Cusco just 3 hours away from the historical center, Rainbow Mountain is becoming the main attraction to see after or before Machu Picchu. As you could guess, the mountain is famed for its natural, multi-colored beauty at a staggering 5,200m above sea level. This rainbow-like appearance is created by the sediment of minerals throughout the area giving the mountain the turquoise, lavendar, gold and other colors.
It was only recently discovered due to the snow melting revealing the hidden gem that’s still considered holy by many until this day. Since its discovery, Rainbow Mountain as slowly started gaining popularity and has even been listed in National Geographic’s “Top 100 Places To Visit Before You Die”.
The first step in any hike is always to prepare for any issues you expect to encounter and hiking Rainbow Mountain is no different.
Mt. Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) standing a little over 17,000ft – (altitude sickness can kick in anywhere over 8,000ft) – a 3–4 hour trek on this route can have even the fittest trekkers breathing hard.
We always recommend to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco beforehand acclimating yourself to the area’s elevation.