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1 Day Trip To Rainbow Mountain

Overview

Vinicunca Mountain, better known as the mountain of the 7 colors or simply Rainbow Mountain is one of the new attractions of Cusco. Located more than 90 kilometers from the city of Cusco, at an altitude summit located at 5,200 meters above sea level. The multicolored mountain near Cusco offers super alpine scenery in combination with trek to Ausangate. For those who love hiking Rainbow mountain is a beautiful trip

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Rainbow Mountain
Duration: 1 Day Tour
Tour Frequency: Daily
Difficulty: Moderate

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Tour Timeline

Day 1 - Cusco to Rainbow Mountain

Day1 - Start of your Tour -
Leaving from Cusco to Rainbow Mountain
  • 6:30AM Meeting with Cusco – Activities passengers at designated place
  • 7:00AM Leaving Cusco by our transport 
  • Driving to Cuisipata approx. 2 and half hours, buffet style breakfast included 
  • 9:00AM arriving to Phulawasipata. From here we will trek to the Rainbow mountain  which takes about 1 hours and 30 minutes. 
Day 1 - Couple hours later -Visiting Rainbow Mountain
  • 10:30 AM we will get to the Rainbow Mountain. The difficulty level is from moderate to difficult due to weather and terrain conditions. Rainbow mountain is at altitude of 5200 meters above the sea level which can cause altitude sickness. Trekking to the Rainbow Mountain, will appreciate the typical landscape and flora and fauna of the Andes, among which Llamas and Alpacas stand out. Upon reaching the viewpoint of Vinicunca or Montaña de Colores, our guide will give us a description about the orography, ecosystem and color of the mountain; we can also take a moment to take photos to remember and admire the beautiful landscape. 
  • Around 1 pm walking back to the bus start heading back to Cusco
  • 2PM stop at Cusipata for lunch included in the price
  • 5pm arrival to Cusco, drop off at near Plaza des Armas

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What is included?

Includes

  • Transfers Cusco – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Buffwet style breakfast at Cusipata
  • Entrance fee to Rainbow mountain
  • Buffet style lunch at Cusipata
  • Medical assistance throughout the tour plus oxygen bottle for emergency

Does not include

  • Tips
  • Protective gear
  • Entrance ticket to the Mountain 10 Soles
Luggage storage Cusco

What to bring

  • Original Passport
  • Day Pack                      
  • Full rain gear or poncho
  • Sunglasses             
  • Sunscreen
  • Cold-weather jacket
  • Long-sleeve fleece/sweater Wool hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Refillable water bottle (hydration bags are recommended) 
  • Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when the Tour Operator or your travel agent issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount.
  • Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to the Tour Operator or authorized agent immediately.
  • Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport.
  • You will pay a full fee which is completely refundable within 48 hours before your tour is due 
  • Your tour date can be re scheduled. Booking can be done online or minimum 1 day before the tour. 

1 Day Tour Rainbow Mountain Pricing

Rainbow Mountain by Bus

$ 45
  • Budget friendly and all year round

Rainbow Mountain by Motorcycle

$ 45
  • Prices includes 1 Day rental of motorcycle for 2 people, 2 helmets and gloves
Adventure

Facts of Rainbow Mountain

TWhat facts do we know about Machu Picchu?  

  • Rainbow Mountain is at an altitude of more than half of Mount Everest

  • It is also known as Vinicunca, a word originating from Peru’s native tongue Quechua, which translates to “colored mountain”

  • The mountain is made up of 14 different, colorful minerals

  • Just 4 years ago it was entirely covered in snow, making it impossibe to fully witness the beauty of the mountain

  • Temperatures still drop below 0 at night – good to know for anyone visiting Rainbow Mountain on a multi-day Ausangate trek

  • Llamas and alpacas can be seen dotted all along the route to Vinicunca

  • Weather can change rapidly from snow to rain to blistering sun in the space of an hour

  • You can rent a horse at any point on the way if you begin to find the trek difficult – you do not need to have one hired from the beginning

Geological Formation of a Mountain 

The formation of a mountain is due to the alterations of the terrestrial layer and the movement of the tectonic plates, in these alterations the environment, the climate and other external ones have much to do. Have you ever wondered why the mountains are conical? The conical shape of the mountains is because ice is usually formed at the top of the mountain. 

Then climate change causes it to thaw and this causes the mountains to run off and they generate water rivulets that run down to the lower area until they run into rivers or lagoons until they get mixed with the ocean depending on the weather factors and cause of this process the mountain is wearing out and taking its cone shape. 

There is no doubt that the mountains are a masterpiece part of nature, from the top of a mountain we can appreciate all that surrounds us and be able to enjoy it.  

After informing us about the causes of formation of a mountain it is time to find out about its Rainbow Mountain Peru geology and why its particular coloration. 

Rainbow Mountain Peru Geology 

To talk about the Rainbow Mountain Peru geology before we will have to go back at least some 24 million years ago, at that time there were movements of the tectonic plates by the alterations of the terrestrial layers, then during the movement there were different ravines between layers of mineralogical or soil types with a tremendous wealth of mineral rock sediments such as sandstones, halites, gravel, limestones that range from ocher, green, mustard yellow, white among others. These minerals were compiled one among others one on top of the other until they were in the form of layers of different colors and mineralogical type. The formation of these layers was depending on the weight of each layer, in the base the heavier layer was left and so on the layers were placed according to their weight.

Coloring of the Rainbow Mountain Cusco 

This information is according to the research of the Landscape Office of the Decentralization of Culture Directorate of Cusco.  

The information was revealed in this way the colors of the mountains are due to the mineralogical composition that has: the pink color is for red clay, fangolitas (mud) and arilitas (sand). The whitish, for the quartzose sandstone and marls, rich in calcium carbonate. 

The red is composed of the clay (iron) and clays belonging to the upper tertiary. Green is composed of phyllites and clays rich in magnesium ferro. The earthy brown is a product of fanglomerate composed of rock with magnesium belonging to the Quaternary era. And the mustard yellow color for the calcareous sandstones rich in sulphurous minerals.

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