With or Without A Visit To Machu Picchu – A Rainbow Mountain Tour

Peru is much more than Machu Picchu. In the past few decades, visitors are discovering the natural beauties of the Andes, including Rainbow Mountain. A tour can help you discover the stunning sensation of being high atop a geological marvel.

Rainbow Mountain

Known locally as Winicunca (Vinicunca), Rainbow Mountain is part of the Peruvian Andes. It is around 3 hours away by car from Cusco. Long before the Incas arrived, the mountain was a holy place. Even today, it is the site for a special religious-based festival – the Qoyllur Rit’I Festival. Pilgrims gather at the mountain in May to celebrate the presence of Mountain Spirits and Christ.

The Hike

Conquering Rainbow Mountain is not easy. The location, the ever-changing weather, the high altitude, and general conditions can make the Ausangate Trek difficult. While day trips are possible, generally, if climbing to the top of Rainbow Mountain is the goal, the hike takes 6 days.

When booking the hike, you do not need a permit; however, it is always wise to go with a credible Rainbow Mountain tour company. They have knowledgeable and experienced guides who can not only get you to the mountain safely but also provide interesting and informative details along the route. They take you through small picturesque villages and fields where the inhabitants continue to defy the world and traditionally shepherd alpacas and llamas. There are snowy peaks and lakes to admire. However, the multi-layered Rainbow Mountain is the star of the trek.

Take a Rainbow Mountain Tour

Peru is indubitably more than Machu Picchu. Recently, visitors have discovered the beauty and challenge of Rainbow Mountain. They sign on for an Ausangate Trek and discover a part of Peru they did not know. This tour can be challenging. The weather is a major factor in whether it is successful. For this and other reasons, only sign on with a credible Rainbow Mountain tour company from May to September.

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