The Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) is a mountain with fringes of several colors, located in a remote part of the region of Ausangate in Peru. Before 2015, Peru’s Rainbow Mountain was hardly visited as an attraction. Only more recently, it has begun to gain international attention among travelers and hikers. We believe that the Rainbow Mountain will become as popular as some of the many other well-known attractions in Peru. We especially designed this Ausangate and Vinicunca Trek in response to requests from our customers. The mountain is known locally as Vinicunca. Cunca in Quechua means “neck”. The meaning of Vini is unknown, but it could possibly refer to the different colors of the mineral layers that make up the rock formation. Our unique itinerary takes you to the remote, unspoilt nature of the Ausangate region, famous for its breathtaking landscapes of high altitude, turquoise lakes and herds of alpacas. We’ll start the trek hiking to Vinicunca, the Rainbow Mountain, and then continue with the last part of the classic Ausangate trek. Note: this rugged and adventurous Ausangate and Vinicunca Trek requires 3 days of acclimatization to the altitude, in Cusco or another high altitude location.