WHAT IS THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK?
The best day trekking tour Rainbow Mountain Trek was opened in 2015. It is a very popular tourist destination in the city of Cusco, you will undoubtedly enjoy the wonderful hill of colors. The Apu Ausangate is very close to the 5th highest snowfall in Peru, to see this attraction it is good to acclimatize at least one day, because it rises to 5200 meters high. On the road you can see llamas, alpacas, vicuñas. Native peoples who speak Quechua.
WHERE IS THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK LOCATED?
This wonderful place is located in the Andes of Peru, in the department of Cusco province of Canchis. At the moment the route to take is by Cusipata and the walk begins by the community of Filamwasi.
WHAT IS THE HEIGHT OF THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK?
The maximum height is 2,500 m.a.s.l. an area of considerable elevation, it is located on the way to the imposing snow of Ausangate.
IS IT SAFE TO VISIT THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK?
Yes, it is safe, because the guide carries an oxygen balloon for the group and first aid kit for emergency situations.
WHY SHOULD I BOOK THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK?
Why you will have the opportunity to enjoy an exciting day observing high Andean landscapes appreciating the beauty of the Mountain of Colors, it is currently considered the second most visited place after Machu Picchu.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK?
In the dry season months from April to November, the days are mostly sunny and with a radiant blue sky. Take into account that some days of June and July may show cloudy days because it is cold season.
In the months of December to March as it is a rainy season some days are cloudy and rainy and you cannot see the colors of the Mountain of Colors because it is covered with snow.
HOW LONG DO YOU WALK UNTIL YOU ARRIVE?
The distance you walk to get to Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountain Trek is 1 hour 50 minutes, you must take into account that the time is relative because if you walk fast you can do it in less time and if you walk slow it will take more time determined.
WHY THE DENOMINATION OF COLORS?
It is due to the request of the communal owners of this whole sector and the color that this beautiful place has.
WHAT COLORS ARE DUE?
A report was made that revealed that the coloring of the Rainbow Mountain Trek is due to the mineralogical composition for the different coloration, the pink color is due to the red clay, fangolites (mud) and arilitas (sand).
The whitish, by the white quartz sandstone. The browns, browns and purples, by lemons and marls, rich in calcium carbonate.
Red by composed of clays (iron) and clays belonging to the upper tertiary. The green is due to the compound of phyllites and clays rich in magnesium ferro. The earthy brown is a product of the fanglomerate composed of manganese rock belonging to the Quaternary era. And the mustard yellow color by the calcareous sandstones rich in sulphured minerals.
WHAT IS THE DIFFICULTY OF THE WALK?
The difficulty is medium due to the duration of 1 hour with 50 minutes and 1 hour with 20 minutes on average, the road requires an acceptable physical state because the route includes a steep climb.
IS HEIGHT EVIL A PROBLEM?
This issue is not to be neglected considering if we are in a place with considerable height, the recommendation is to take pills for altitude sickness or soroche, always have coca leaves at hand so popular for healing and relaxing properties.
IS IT NECESSARY BOOK A TOUR WITH A TRAVEL AGENCY?
- You can do the walk on your own, but with many sacrifices, little security, maybe a little disoriented by not being accompanied by a guide.
- Make the walk to the Hill of colors accompanied by our Travel Agency will facilitate the tour a lot, since it will have assistance from the professional guide and will have the mobility at your disposal.
WHAT ARE THE TIPS FOR THE WALK TO THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK?
- Wear trekking shoes because the road is not uniform and the shoes will protect you.
- Wear warm clothes, gloves, scarf because there are constant weather changes and in the morning at the time of pick up the cold is intense.
- The use of blocker is important to protect the skin.
- Trekking poles are important to keep pace with the walk
- You must be hydrated to complete the walk.
- The consumption of nuts (peanuts, raisins) energy bars will help give you energy and strength in the walk.
- Take a pill for altitude sickness before starting the exit of Cusco, if you show any discomfort.
- Bring coca leaves to chew if necessary to give you strength.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE TOUR?
The duration is 12 hours, we leave 4:40 am from Cusco and return 16:00 pm
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WALK DAY DOESN’T FEEL GOOD? CAN I GO ON THE WALK THE NEXT DAY?
If for some reason at the time of pick-up it does not appear automatically it is considered no show, with no option to leave the next day.
¿IF THERE ARE SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND I DON’T GO ON THE TOUR, DOES THE DEPARTURE DATE FOR ANOTHER DAY?
No, because social problems are an issue that we do not handle.
CAN MY CHILD OF 9 YEARS CAN MAKE THE WALK?
Yes, you can do the walk, also taking into account the acclimatization of the child, on the route you will find the option to rent horse carry extra money for Rainbow Mountain Trek.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RENT HORSES?
The community members of the place rent their horses at the beginning of the trek, with an approximate cost of approximately 60.00 soles and round trip 90.00 soles (Peruvian currency).
HOW MANY MOUNTAINS OF COLORS EXIST IN THE WORLD?
In the world we can find 3 mountains whose characteristics are colored
- The Rainbow Mountain Trek in the city of Cusco- Peru.
- The mountain of Colors in the province of Tucumán in Argentina.
- In the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, Zhangye City, Ganzu Province, northwest of the Republic of China.
WHAT SHOULD I TAKE TO THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK?
- Trekking sticks
- Warm clothes
- Trekking shoe
- Rain jacket
- Water bottle
- Small backpack
- Photographic camera
DOES THE MEALS ARE INCLUDED IN THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK?
Yes are included, breakfast will be consumed when you arrive in Cusipata where the restaurant is located, lunch is consumed when you return from the walk.
CAN I CHOOSE THE FOOD OPTION IN THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK?
At the time of booking you must indicate the food option if it is:
DOES THE GUIDE SPEAK ENGLISH?
The guide speaks English and Spanish which will facilitate your visit.