7 Colors Mountain Tour for Peruvians

Day trips

About this tour

  • Start: At approximately 5 am at your hotel in Cusco.
  • Duration: 12 hours.
  • Type of transport: Modern spacious and comfortable minivan.
  • Not included: Entrance to the Mountain 7 Colors.
  • Feeding. Buffet breakfast and lunch in the town of Cusipata.
  • Tour guide: Shared (in Spanish or English).
  • Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, PayPal.
  • Immediate confirmation.

Where is the 7 Colors Mountain?

The Vinicunca or Mountain of the 7 Colors is an Andean mountain located south of Cusco in the mountainous foothills of the snowy Ausangate. From Cusco it is about 100 kilometers by paved road and trail. The last section of approximately 5 kilometers is done on foot (or on horseback optionally). The most striking thing is that its puna geography is 5,200 meters above sea level. Due to this, its visit is a challenge for all tourists.


Description

  • Get to know one of the most photographed places in Peru, the famous Mountain of 7 Colors. The tour is carried out in an economical service ideal for all people. Includes: pick up from the hotel, full transportation, buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and professional tour guide service. It does not include tickets to the Rainbow Mountain, which can be bought during the trip without any problem. The tour allows you to discover the Vinicunca and the incredible landscapes of varied colors above 5 thousand meters above sea level. It is the second most visited destination in Cusco, only after Machu Picchu!

This is the experience

  • Enjoy the famous Mountain of 7 Colors, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Peru. The 1-day tour includes everything you need for this adventure: complete transportation, breakfast, lunch, tour guide, implements for the walk, and entrance fees. Unlike other tour packages, visitors will not have to queue to pay the entrance fee to the mountain. Likewise, our tour guides are trained in first aid.

7 Colors Mountain Tour Map

Mapa Montaña 7 Colores

Itinerary

  • The tour begins with the pick up of each one of the tourists at the door of their hotel in the city of Cusco. The pick up is between 4.30 am and 5 am.
  • Once the group is gathered in the spacious minivan, we will head south to the town of Cusipata (almost 2 hours of travel). Once there, we will descend to have breakfast at a local tourist restaurant.
  • Breakfast is buffet style and prepared with delicious local ingredients. Includes Cusco breads, coffee, jams, yogurt, cereals, fruits, juices, scrambled eggs and more.
  • After breakfast we will board the tourist transport to continue our trip to the 7 Colores Mountain. Before, in a parking lot, we will have to pay the entrance ticket to Vinicunca (15 PEN approximately)..
  • After 1 hour of travel we will arrive at the Phulawasipata camp, at an average altitude of 4,900 meters. There we will get ready to make the trek to Vinicunca. Tourists who wish can contract the horseback transportation service with one of the available local residents (payment of approximately 90 PEN round trip). This service is optional so it is not included in the tour.
  • The walk to Vinicunca is 5 kilometers on average. It takes between 1 to 2 hours depending on the physical condition of the tourist. The route is almost always on flat roads. However, the last part is up a steep hill difficult for visitors. The route is simple, but it is somewhat complicated by the altitude above 5,000 meters of elevation.
  • Once at the top of Vinicunca, the tourist will be able to appreciate a wonderful landscape. There are up to three viewpoints where you can get the dream photo. The tour guide will accompany you here and throughout the entire adventure. On average, the tourist can stay on the mountain for up to 1 hour or more.
  • When the tour guide deems it convenient, it is time to return. The way back is easier than the one going because it is mostly downhill. It takes between 1 to 1 hour 30 minutes to reach the Phulawasipata camp again.
  • In Phulawasipata we will board the tourist transport to return to the town of Cusipata (1 hour trip) where we will descend to enjoy a delicious buffet-style lunch.
  • Lunch includes hot soups, salads, white rice, stews, meats (alpaca, steak, chicken), beans, wontons, guacamole, fruits, hot drinks and more. Does not include cold or alcoholic drinks.
  • After lunch we will take the large minivan to return to the city of Cusco. The trip lasts almost 2 hours and ends at around 5 pm in a central square in the city (optional transfer to the tourist’s hotel).

Prices

7 Colors Mountain Tour
Price per person
Peruvian 120 PEN

Includes

  • Pick up from the hotel in Cusco.
  • Buffet style breakfast in Cusipata.
  • Buffet style lunch in Cusipata.
  • Comfortable and safe complete transportation.
  • Professional tour guide service in English and Spanish.
  • Option to change the tour date.
  • Tour cancellation option.

Not Included

  • Access ticket to the tourist circuit of the Mountain 7 Colors (5 PEN).
  • Entrance ticket to the Mountain 7 Colors (15 PEN).
  • Transportation on horseback to the 7 colors mountain (optional).
  • Walking poles.
  • Snacks and drinks.
  • Tips.

What to bring to the tour?

  • Valid identity document.
  • Cap or hat for sun protection.
  • Comfortable clothes for walks.
  • A coat.
  • Gloves.
  • Raincoat for rainy cases.
  • Snacks and drinks.
  • Comfortable trekking shoes.
  • Sunscreen.

Where does the tour start and end?

  • The tour begins at around 5 am with the pick up of the tourist at the door of his hotel in the historic center of Cusco. Visitors staying outside this area will only need to agree on a pick-up point in the city center. Most hotels are in the center of Cusco.
  • The tour ends at around 5 pm with the arrival in the city of Cusco. The tourist will be able to choose his tourist hotel or a central point of the city.

How to prevent soroche?

  • The most common symptoms of altitude sickness are dizziness, fatigue, or nausea. However, these usually disappear within the first or second day of adaptation in Cusco.
  • To reduce symptoms, it is recommended to drink coca leaf infusions (a natural plant that was used by the Incas). It is also recommended to avoid, at least the first two days, alcoholic beverages or fatty foods.

Group or private services

  • The information on this tour is for shared services. If you want a private service (for your own group of family or friends) contact us at info@machupicchuterra.com.

Frequent questions

How is the classic tour different from the cheap tour to Vinicunca?

The classic tour to the 7 Colors Mountain includes entrance tickets while the economic tour does not. In addition, the prices of the economic tour are special to enjoy an all-inclusive tour at a lower price.

How much does it cost to rent a horse in the 7 Colors Mountain?

Renting a horse to complete the last stretch to the Montaña 7 Colores is optional and costs 60 PEN (one way) and 90 PEN (round trip). Payment is made in the same place with one of the muleteers who owns the horse. This option is recommended for the elderly and people with a poor physical condition. Most decide to walk.

How much does the entrance to the Mountain of 7 Colors cost?

The entrance to the Montaña 7 Colores costs 25 PEN for foreigners and 15 PEN for Peruvians. In addition, a ticket of 5 PEN must be paid to enter the tourist area of Ausangate.

When not to visit the Vinicunca?

It is not recommended to visit the Vinicunca with babies under 2 years of age. It is also not recommended for people in wheelchairs (you can get there by renting a horse but you will need help to complete the last stretch). Older adults must be in good heart condition.

What are the colors to appreciate on the mountain?

The Vinicunca offers mountainous landscapes with slopes of various colors and shades where they can be distinguished: fuchsia, turquoise, lavender and gold.

Can I cancel the Vinicunca tour?

Yes, you can cancel up to 3 days before the tour date. The request is sent to info@machupicchuterra.com. The penalty is 25% of the value of the tour (reimbursement of 75% of the amount paid). The refund takes what the payment gateway indicates (approximately 1 month). You will receive the money through the same payment gateway that you used to send your payment.

Can I change the date of the tour to Vinicunca?

Yes, you can change the tour date (also the holders) up to 3 days before the tour. The request is sent to info@machupicchuterra.com. The penalty is 10% of the value of the tour, which must be paid as soon as possible. Changes can be made only once.

How is the hike to the 7 Colors Mountain?

The walk to the Mountain of 7 Colors is approximately 5 kilometers. The roads are dirt (a bit muddy in rain) but flat and with slight ascents in some parts. Definitely the hardest part is at the end, when you ascend a slope until you reach the 7 colors mountain. An average tourist takes 1 hour 30 minutes to complete the walk. Optionally they can hire a muleteer and his horse. The walk is recommended for everyone.



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