Below we have created a guide on everything you need to know about the Rainbow Mountain Peru trek. From how it was formed to how to get there, keep on reading to find out all you need to know before visiting this increasingly popular attraction in Peru.
Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, is a formation of colorful hills located in in the Andes – the longest continental mountain chain in the world – of Cusco. The incredible tectonic forces that produced the Andes mountains lead to volcanic activity and the formation of rare and varied mineralogy. In particular, the colors you will see at Rainbow Mountain, Peru were formed by sedimentary mineral layers that have been exposed by erosion.
The Rainbow Mountain trailhead can be reached after a 3-hour drive from Cusco. It has been recently discovered but is fast becoming one of the places to visit in South America. No matter what your age is, it is very easy to visit Rainbow Mountain in Peru at any time of the year. But, we strongly suggest that you go there on a sunny day to make your experience more enjoyable.
There are many tour operators that can help you explore Rainbow Mountain. Many fellow travelers have recommended Rainbow Mountain Travels as they are one of the most reputable operators in the area. Below is a sample itinerary of this tour.
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There you go! Easy enough?
It is worth mentioning that there is the option to ride on horseback for the flatter sections of the climb. The cost is approx. 20 or 30 Soles and it would make for a nice photograph (and break!). Moreover, as weather can change in seconds when you’re high up, be sure to pack sunblock, sunglasses, a rain jacket, a hat, and wear some thick hiking socks – but also bring a spare pair of socks just in case! It is also highly advisable to bring a small backpack with lots of water, snacks, and toilet roll.
Last, but not least, if you want to do this trail a bit more Inca style, chew on coca leaves as you go along. Coca leaves had been used since ancient times to beat altitude sickness or ‘soroche’ as the locals call it.
For more detailed information on how to prepare for the trek to Rainbow Mountain, make sure to check out the excellent comprehensive guides at rainbowmountainperu.com as well. Happy Trekking!