Going to Cusco? Checking out Machu Picchu? Touring the Sacred Valley? There are so many places to go and sight to see while in Peru. One of the most picturesque destinations is the Rainbow Mountain, otherwise known as Vinicunca. You’ve most likely seen many incredible pictures from around the Instagramverse of this incredible area. The mountains themselves get that colorful tint from the large variety of sediments found all over this rocky surface, giving them a unique and surreal look. The mountain itself can only be accessed by foot or horse. From the nearest road, there’s a trail leading up, which takes about three hours to walk. Including the three-hour drive from Cusco, it takes around six hours in total to reach the top.
Now, this site opened for tourism a few years ago so there aren’t that many services and souvenir shops (yet). We at Journey Machu Picchu offer full day trips will all the necessary amenities. Tours start very early, at around 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning, as it takes about 2.5 to 3 hours to arrive. Our service provides a breakfast stop along the way (consisting of eggs, bread, jam, butter and tea are served).
Once you arrive your guide will take you up the trail, but you can also go at your own pace if you wish. After this incredible trek up the mountain you will be free to spend some time at the top. Be sure to ask your guide about the best spots to see and take in as much of the scenery as you can, after about an hour you will be asked if you would like to head back down.
After descending you will leave at around 3 p.m., after which you will have lunch consisting of typical foods from Cusco, eventually arriving back to Cusco at around 6 in the evening. Looking for the best value, then be sure to check out our specials as the Rainbow Mountain is currently going for free if you book a 4 or 5-day trek with us (Salkantay trek or Inca Trail). Otherwise, the tour on its own is currently going for $86 per person. If you want to know anything more about Peru, Cusco and Machu Picchu Travel, check out the rest of our blog posts at Peru Travel Blog and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for our special packages.