Rainbow Mountain or “Vinicunca” has become one of the favourite and forced destinations to tourists during their visit to the city of Cusco, therefore in this little blog we will endeavor to respond to just some of the questions that we receive from our customers.
What is Rainbow Mountain and where is it located?
This mountain is a natural formation that shows the whim of nature through kilometers of land that are changing their coloring by the richness in minerals and it is from the viewpoint of Vinicunca, from where you will have a spectacular view of the entire Cordillera of the Andes with its whimsical colors that resemble the Rainbow.
How much height you have?
The point of maximum height is 5200 meters above sea level; however the tour part of the city of Cusco, passing through towns like Checacupe and Pitumarka until you get to the start point of the walk called Pampachiri to 3800 meters above sea level, from where we will ascend to the observation deck at a height of 5200 meters above sea level.
What do distance and travel time from Cusco?
The Mountain Rainbow is located 138 km from the city of Cusco and takes about 8 hours to get to this place between the trip by car and on foot without counting the stops to feed and rest.
How to get there, how much does it cost and how long is the tour?
The best way to get to the Mountain, is recruiting him with an agency specialized in hiking and trekking with specialized personnel as the hours go from 2 to 3 hours, so it is convenient to always go with a trained guide and the best services.
The tour in shared service is usually between the S/.70.00 to S/.150.00 soles depending on the services included such as food, guide and income.
The tour lasts throughout the day; the pickup is very early in the morning from your hotel in Cusco and return at 19:00 hrs approximately.
Who can be done? Are there horses?
The degree of difficulty of this route is intermediate – easy, so it is recommended for people with an optimal physical state, as the advancement could be a little tiring for people who are not accustomed to these walks in height. However you can rent a horse in the same locality of Pampachiri with the Communards who offer this service just for people who cannot walk or not willing to walk for three hours.
You must bear in mind that the horse is guided by a horseman and will leave about 15 minutes from the viewpoint of Vinicunca so if you or if you will have to walk this stretch.
What months of the year and time are best for a visit?
The tour departs every day of the year, being the dry season the most recommended between the months of April to November however the rest of months even with the presence of rain and hail (sometimes) offers us a view that can only be seen with this climate that you can cope with a rain poncho and good trekking shoes.