Find the best ways to explore Peru’s Rainbow Mountains and its colors!

Discover Rainbow Mountain with Exploor Peru!

The Rainbow Mountains (Vinicunca and Palccoyo) are nestled high in the Peruvian Andes. 


The more popular Vinicunca Mountain is a breathtaking formation of colorful mineral deposits spread across sandstone rocks. Although the site is located just 3 hours away from Cusco, it is still a unique natural wonder that promises a memorable, high-altitude adventure. 


Book a Rainbow Mountain day trip and trek to the top of the Vinicunca Mountain. Be one of the first ones to reach the top, and on your way back, hike along off-the-beaten paths in the jaw-dropping Red Valley. 


If you don’t want to miss out on the colorful landscapes – but the Vinicunca trek seems challenging – check out our Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain alternative tour. This hike takes you to the top in just one hour, while providing an amazing view in one of Peru’s most picturesque areas. The best of all is that there are almost no tourists around!

Visiting the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

The Rainbow Mountain wasn’t discovered until a few years ago, when the thick layers of ice and snow covering the mountain began to melt, revealing technicolor mineral deposits. 


The Rainbow Mountain is a unique place to visit. And although it isn’t considered a long hike, getting to the peak can be challenging due to constantly-changing weather conditions and high altitudes. 


You can only access the mountain by foot (and in some parts, on horseback). The hike takes about two hours to reach the top, depending on your fitness level. If you decide to visit the Vinicunca Mountain, be prepared for a rewarding but challenging hike that can take between 4 to 6 hours in total, depending on the route you take.


If you’d like to opt for an easier trek – especially if you’ve already hiked the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu mountain during your trip – consider an alternative tour.

Alternatives to the Vinicunca Tour

The Rainbow Mountain Palccoyo is an excellent alternative to the Vinicunca day trip. The paths are less steep, the distance is shorter, and the views are just as impressive. 


During the Palccoyo tour, you’ll see 3 rainbow mountains and optionally, you can hike to the stone forest which is the highest point of this tour. This area is known for Instagram-level views over the entire valley and all 3 rainbow mountains.

The alternative Rainbow Mountain tour is perfect for novice hikers or for travelers who want to take it easy and soak in the scenery. 


No matter which mountain you decide to visit, ensure you get the most of your Rainbow Mountain day trip by booking your tour with Exploor Peru!

Day Trip from Cusco: Alternative Rainbow Mountain Palccoyo Hike
City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Trekking // Total hiking time: 45 - 60 min *Use the discount code "PALC3" to save $10 each if you're...
$79.00
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Day Trip Cusco: 1-Day Trekking Tour to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain + Red Valley
City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Trekking tour // Total hiking time: Vinicunca: 1.5 - 2 h; Red Valley: 2.5 -...
$145.00