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Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain (Montaña de Siete Colores)

First review on 13 Aug 2019
Last review on 13 Aug 2019 (1 review)
The rainbow colours were formed due to atmospheric conditions and it containing a high content of rare minerals, each showing a different colour. While the other mountains in the range likely have similar colourations beneath their rocky exteriors, only Vinicunca's exterior has been weathered away, exposing the colours to the world.
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Parent Range

Peruvian Andes

Seasons & Weather

Dry Season: May to October
Rainy Season: November to April


Lower Viewpoint
Upper Viewpoint (15 min climb from Lower Viewpoint)

Price / Entry Fee

10 Sols per person

Popular Bus Service(s)

Many day tours are available from Cusco

Driving & Parking Info

Free Parking at Trailhead (Pitumarca Village)
Trailhead to Lower Viewpoint: 4 km (~1.5 hour) hike
(Horseback riding is available for part of this journey, starts at 80 Sols one way)

Max Height

5,200 m

Known For

Rainbow Colours
Alien Landscape & Unique Attraction
Top Travel Destination in South America

Best Time to Visit

Dry Season: May to October

Day Trip from Major Cities

3 hour drive from Cusco to Trailhead (Pitumarca Village) +
1.5 hour hike from Trailhead to Lower Viewpoint

Winding and/or Bumpy Road (to & around here)

Very bumpy and winding roads

Altitude/Motion Sickness (to & around here)

Motion Sickness: Mild Probability
Altitude Sickness: Moderate to High Probability!

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, Montaña de Siete Colores

Special Info & Comments

Only discovered in 2013, when global warming caused the snow and ice on it to melt, exposing its rainbow colours



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