Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain)

HARD 22 reviews

Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) is a 9.2 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pitumarca, Cusco, Peru that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
9.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
432 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

Rainbow Mountain is an interesting mountain but somewhat underwhelming after a difficult hike at 16,000 feet. The valley is dripping in purples and greens, rust reds and Caribbean aquas, as if a painter has carelessly tossed all his brushes aside over the ragged peaks thrusting themselves diagonally through the grassy floor. Sheep and the occasional horse dot the landscape, grazing, seemingly oblivious to the beauty surrounding them. You’re rewarded to glimpses of the snow-blanketed Ausangate Mountain, and clouds spilling into the valley on the far side of Vinicunca. This hike is not steep and would not be difficult save for the altitude. It gets cold and windy; dress appropriately. Entrance is 10 soles and you can also hire a horse to ride up. You can find day tours that leave by bus from Cusco, but also can drive yourselves. There is also a 3-day trek in this area.

hiking
1 month ago

A dream come true! It was exhausting, Sun was too hot..
But it was an amazing journey, the best hike so far!
17,000 ft of hard work paid off at the top!!
And I did it!!!

hiking
1 month ago

The most amazing hike so far ever!!!

1 month ago

The altitude makes this one extremely difficult but it was worth it

2 months ago

completed this yesterday 3 days after the salkantay trek. it was beautiful. any of the reviews you read that say it's not worth it must be because they did it on an overcast day. truly spectacular but it is a lung burner. definitely hike the extra few hundred feet to the right after you get to the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. A bit difficult to breath toward the end but it was worth it. Starting snowing when we got to the top but most of our trek was awesome. Our guide left around 10 in the morning for the trip so we managed to beat the crowd on the way up. There were only four of us at the top. Excellent sights and wildlife for most of the hike.

horseback riding
4 months ago

Amazing valley with shepherds, alpacas, lamas. Dress in layers it, rain jackets. Despite arriving while it was snowing we still snow the different colors

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is a lung-burner, but well worth the effort. A previous reviewer said it best, some hikes take you to a view and others ARE the view. This one IS the view. Be sure to bring an extra 5 Soles to continue on to Red Canyon, which is an extra nine miles, approximately.

hiking
7 months ago

Some trails have a view, and some trails ARE the view. This one is the latter. Which makes it even more of a shame that searching online for Rainbow Mountain yields two major misconceptions about this hike. One is that you will find a Dr. Suess-drenched literal rainbow mountain that the Photoshopped and heavily filtered photos implore you to believe exists. The second is that the point of this hike should even BE Rainbow Mountain. It’s a cool little mountain but somewhat underwhelming after a difficult hike at 16,000 feet. But the rest of the hike! The valley is dripping in purples and greens, rust reds and Caribbean aquas, as if a painter has carelessly tossed all his brushes aside over the ragged peaks thrusting themselves diagonally through the grassy floor. Sheep and the occasional horse dot the landscape, grazing, seemingly oblivious to the beauty surrounding them. You’re rewarded to glimpses of the snow-blanketed Ausangate Mountain, and clouds spilling into the valley on the far side of Vinicunca.

This hike is not steep and would not be difficult save for the altitude. It affected us all a lot more than we anticipated. The coca tea (3 soles) at the top helped but we all had headaches the whole next day, never mind the struggle to the top. It gets cold and windy; dress appropriately. Entrance is 10 soles and you can also hire a horse to ride up. We didn’t start at the parking lot but found a spot on the side of the road, which added about 3.5 miles roundtrip (some of my pics are from that part of the trail). The drive is sketchy; you can find day tours that leave by bus from Cusco, but we drove ourselves. There is also a 3-day trek.

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