Rainbow mountains by Chaskana

There are 2 Rainbow Mountain Tours to choose from Vinicunca and Palcoyo. The first one is the most well knows and it attracks loads of tourists every day. It is a rather challenging hike. Palcoyo is less known but just as beautiful. It is also easier to get to the top with just a 30 minutes walk.

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain - 1 Day Tour

We depart Cusco very early in the morning in order to arrive at the base of the mountain range where we will have breakfast before trekking up to 'Rainbow' mountain, actually called Vinicunca. The unique mountainside displays many different colours of sediment laying on their side, it may be slightly different each day depending on the weather but you will see yellow, reds, browns, greys and purplish tones. You will be left breathless by both the high altitude and the beauty of the mountain in iconic rainbow form!

Includes private transport, bilingual guide, entry fee to the local community, breakfast and a picnic lunch.

Prices for this Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain - 1 Day Tour: (Per person)

2 People - $110 USD
3 People - $80 USD
4 People - $70 USD
5 People - $60 USD
6 People - $55 USD

For groups of other sizes, please contact us for a free no strings attached quote.

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Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain - 1 Day Tour

We depart Cusco around 7am and have a quick break after about 2 hours before we turn off the highway and up a dirt road for another 1.5hr. We pay an entry fee (included) to the local community and then park the car with a couple of coloured mountains already in view. The mountains are formed by different colours of sediment laying on their side, pushed up and twisted when the Andes were being formed. The colours can be slightly different each day depending on the weather (cloud, sun, rain, even snow occasionally!), but you will see yellow, reds, browns, greys and purplish tones. You will be left breathless by both the high altitude and the beauty of the natural landscape! There are grassed areas contrasting with red earth and sets of unique rock formations nearby, and you have tiime to explore with your guide.

Includes private transport, bilingual guide, entry fee to the local community and a picnic lunch.

Prices for this Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain - 1 Day Tour: (Per person)

2 People - $110 USD
3 People - $80 USD
4 People - $70 USD
5 People - $60 USD
6 People - $55 USD

For groups of other sizes, please contact us for a free no strings attached quote.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS TOUR

 

Which mountain range is better?

We have been asked this question many times so the points of differences are:

Vinicunca:

  • Iconic Rainbow form
  • View to both sides of the rainbow mountain
  • Mules if you wish to ride rather than walk
  • More amenities (you can purchase drinks and snacks)

Palcoyo:

  • More than one rainbow mountain
  • Shorter walk
  • Less people around
  • Different landscape features as well as the coloured sediment layers

If you are having trouble deciding between the two, take a look at our YouTube videos so that you can see more about what you might experience - remembering that it looks better in real life!

 

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