Rainbow Mountain Range

Rainbow Mountain RangeFor the lover of scenic mountain regions, it would be hard to beat this exceptional trek. We start and finish in the fascinating World Heritage-listed city of Cusco and take on a moderate trek to the majestic Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) and Ausangate. The trails provide spectacular scenery through Peruvian valleys and over mountain passes to enjoy the spectacular Andean wilderness.

From our magnificent campsite at the foot of Ausangate we make our way up scenic passes to enjoy the incredible views. Delight in the unique natural wonder of Rainbow Mountain on this challenging and rewarding hike.

DAY 1 Vinicunca mountain range and the Red Valley.

Early in the morning you will be taken from Cusco to take a private transfer through the fertile Vilcanota Valley, en route to the village of Cusipata. You will then pass through the community of Quisa Cancha, where you can expect to see locals shepherding both llamas and alpacas. After the three-hour ride you will arrive at an area called Collpapampa, which will be the starting point for your hike. Here, you will begin to ascend with a beautiful view of the mountain Nevado del Inca. As you hike, or while you stop for lunch on the trek, you may see hundreds of Andean geese nesting in the cliffs and the flat-iron formations of the mountain, Apu Labrayani. At the end of your three hour trek, you will arrive at the camp site where the red valley is located, where you will have dinner and spend the night.

DAY 2 Vinicunca Mountain Range, Red Valley and Cusco.

Early in the morning, enjoy breakfast at the camp site before setting out for the second day of your trek. You will ascend for about two hours, walking through intriguing formations of red sandstone. This part of the hike offers excellent opportunities to study geological wonders and admire the unique beauty of the landscape. Upon arrival at Vinicunca, you will get to marvel at the multicolored strata that paint the mountains red, yellow, ocher, gray, and blue. After enjoying the impressive colored landscape, you will descend for about three hours through the valley that leads to Japura, where you will enjoy lunch before taking your private transfer back to Cusco.