How To Hike Rainbow Mountain In Cusco Perú & Useful Information

Rainbow Mountain Cusco Perú

Rainbow Mountain Perú

You will have seen countless pictures of Rainbow Mountain on Instagram and Facebook. The Rainbow Mountain has grown in popularity in recent years and it is about to become the second most visited attraction in Peru after Machu Picchu.

Since it has been discovered it has not stopped amazing and charming many visitors with its beautiful colors and landscapes.

If you want to know  whether it’s actually worth taking a tour to Rainbow Mountain, then keep on reading, this post will help you prepare better for your trip to Rainbow Mountain.

We will share with you the vast knowledge of our local guides to prepare you for your visit to this unforgettable place

Rainbow Mountain History

Vinicunca Mountain Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca Mountain, is one of the planet’s most amazing natural marvels. It was concealed under ice and snow until recently, when climate change caused the glaciers to melt, revealing the geological wonder, which has now become one of the most famous  attractions of Cusco.

How long is Rainbow mountain hike?

  • Maximum altitude: 5200 m (17000 ft) above sea level
  • Total hiking distance: (5.2 miles) approx.
  • Difficulty level: difficult
  • Best time to visit: from March to November

Rainbow Mountain hike altitude or elevation

5200 m (17000 ft) above sea level

How difficult is Rainbow Mountain hike

The trek to and from Rainbow Mountain is a day-long stagger at over 14,000 feet in elevation, tracing a dirt path between looming peaks of green and and the amazing red rocks.

It’s a magnificent route, passing through local villages and sparkling mountain streams.

But the altitude is exhausting. As you make your way to the top you will struggle against buffeting winds and try to soak in every second of the view.  but all this will worth it. Once you get to the top you will feel like a champion, every effort made during the journey will be rewarded with beautiful views of Rainbow Mountain, a unique place with a panoramic view that stretches across the Andes mountains adorned with snow-capped mountains and blue skies.

Alternative Rainbow Mountain hike

Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain alternative

The alternative rainbow mountain trek is not a too difficult hike and basically takes you to a different location (than the usual) , but you still have the gergous views on the multi-coloured area. It’s a shorter trek, and since it’s the trek less known this also means amazing photos opportunities where you don’t need to crop your tour mates out of the photo.

Rainbow Mountain weather

The dry season in the area  Rainbow Mountain area typically begins around April. It usually lasts until November. Days are mostly sunny in the months of May to November.

Rainbow Mountain Weather in the rainy season could  last from November to March, April at the most. During the months of January and February the amount of rain can be quite significant. as snow storms and hail are usually reported everyyear. We think these montans are not the best time to hike Rainbow Mountain.

One day Rainbow Mountain hike

Day tours to Rainbow Mountain usually depart from Cusco at 4:30am so that the tourist can enjoy it without too many people around although this plan doesn’t always work perfectly, as there are opportunities in which Rainbow Mountain may get too crowded as around 2000 people visit it a day. However departing at 3:00am could change the situation or leaving late from Cusco.

Rainbow Mountain tour Price

The price for the Rainbow Mountain tour varies according to the type of service that matches your budget, there are 2 types of service for the Cusco Rainbow Mountain tour:

Day tour to Rainbow Mountain with a group service

One of the reason to choose group rather than private tours is if you are travelling alone. Sometimes travelling alone can be ultimately fun, but if you feel that you may get bored then group tours are the perfect solution to meet people and have great times.

The price of a group tour ranges from $35 to $45 per person, the number of people in a group is 20 to 35 people

Private tour to Rainbow Mountain

A private tour will enable you to control your itinerary. You