13 Photos That Will Put The Rainbow Mountain On Your Bucketlist

By Nicole

13 Rainbow Mountain Photos That Will Put this Destination At The Top of Your Bucketlist!

Ever been a place where you have to rub your eyes and blink a few times to determine if what you’re seeing is right? That is the best way to describe the Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) trek in Peru. You’ll start the trip from Cusco 3 hours away and pass several villages before arriving at the start of the trek.

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Leaving the village at the starting point.

After breakfast we left the first village just after sunrise and began to gain some elevation. Even from the start you can feel it even after being at elevation for 3 weeks.

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A short distance into the hike you pass a small villages with llamas grazing  all around.

Soon you end up in a wide valley where you come across another village.

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The pops of color begin!

As the hike goes on you start to see more and more pops of color. Mineral deposits are responsible for the brightly colored strips of Earth here.

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Tay getting a glimpse of the ‘7 colors’.

Vinicunca gets its name because it displays 7 colors. The word Vinicunca means ‘seven color mountain’ in Quechua.

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The closer you get the more prominent the stripes of color become.

As we continued on I was really starting to feel the altitude which probably made it seem all the more a psychedelic experience.

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Gasping for air as we made it to the iconic view of the mountain.

Then there it is, the view we had been waiting for. Making all the efforts and lack of oxygen worth it. It looks like a giant slice of rainbow cake, only better.

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The view opposite Vinicunca

From the viewing spot you have a great 360º view all around.

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This little dog has the right idea.

Even the animals in the area stop to take it all in.

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Beyond the Rainbow Mountain

We happened to make it to the top in good time and continued on past the Rainbow celebrity in the range.

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Like hell on a lollipop.

It’s real, I swear… It looks like something out of Alice In Wonderland.

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Starting the descent back down.

After a couple hours at well over 16,500 ft/5000m I was ready to start back down. But kinda not, I mean look at this place.

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High altitude lakes.

Would you endure the strenuous efforts for these kinds of views?

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Tay leading the way back.

Ready to book your trek to the Rainbow Mountain?

Check out Flashpacker Connect* for prices and availability. I can’t recommend them enough, and our guide Abel was amazing. He was well versed on the area. Plus Vinicunca is notoriously difficult to find.

However, there are reports out now of people doing self-guided hikes up here. If you are experienced and understand the dangers involved I could see that doing this on your own would be a good option for you. But realize that this is at a fairly high altitude and this is a very delicate landscape up here. Don’t ruin it for every one else by being an asshat.

Still in Planning mode?

Read my Rainbow Mountain post here! There’s even some tips on what to bring and what to be prepared for.

*I received a one-day guided trek to the Rainbow Mountain with Flashpacker Connect, in return for social media coverage and this post here. These guys are great, trust me. 

This entry was posted in Hiking trips., Photo Essays, South America

2 thoughts on “13 Photos That Will Put The Rainbow Mountain On Your Bucketlist

  • FlashpackerConnect January 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

    This is so great Nicki! We’re glad you came trekking with us and hope to see you again in the future!

    • Nicole January 16, 2017 at 7:24 pm Reply

      Thanks guys! I’ll be back in South America in March!

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