The Rainbow Mountain in Peru is one of the most beautiful and unique hiking trails in the world. The trail is located in the Andes Mountains and reaches a height of over 17,060 feet above sea level. The views from the top are absolutely breathtaking and unlike anything you will ever see.
The hike itself is challenging but very rewarding. It takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete and is best done early in the morning so that you can avoid the massive crowd. The first part of the hike is relatively easy as it follows a gentle incline. However, the last part of the hike is much steeper and more difficult. But trust me, when you reach the top and see those incredible views, it will all be worth it!
In my previous post, I have a detailed account of my hiking experience to the Rainbow Mountain. Now, I am going to show you the views from the summit of Montaña de Siete Colores and Montaña Vinicunka.
Enjoy the scenery.
If you are looking for an adventure during your trip to Peru, look no further than the Rainbow Mountain. This unique trail will take you through some of Peru’s most beautiful scenery and reward you with stunning views from the summit. Just be sure to take your time, as the altitude can be challenging for some hikers. Soak up all that this amazing country has to offer by adding a hike to Rainbow Mountain to your itinerary.
Join a Tour to Visit Rainbow Mountain
The best way to get there is to join a tour. It’s cheaper and safer to be with other people – just in case you have difficulty in breathing. The drivers and tour guides are trained to do first aid and every van has an oxygen tank. If you can afford it, you can also do a small private tour for your circle of travelers.
Click the thumbnails below if you decide to go on a tour. This is what we used because they have a 24-hour cancellation policy. With COVID still around, it’s better to get your money back in a full refund.
Where to Stay in Cusco
We stayed in two accommodations in Cusco and both are in different neighborhoods. So we had the best experience by getting to know the historical district and the “new” Cusco.
First, we stayed at Wild Rover Cusco, definitely the best hostel in Cusco. The rooms are clean and the bunk beds are comfy. They also have an in-house Irish bar with a great patio overlooking the city. It’s 10 minutes walk to the Plaza de Armas, the historical center of the city.
After our two-day trip to Machu Picchu, we went back to Cusco and stayed at Cosy Room Cusco. The hotel is clean and the staff members are nice. It’s a good 20 minutes walk to downtown, passing all sorts of shops, cafes, restaurants, food stalls, markets, and other sidewalk businesses.