7 Colors Mountain
To visit Vinincunca or the Mountain of the 7 Colors it is necessary to travel (on your own or with a tour) to the town of Cusipata. From there you can buy the entrance ticket in person. Then begins a 6-kilometer hike to the so-called ‘Cerro Colorado’, one of the best attractions in Peru along with Machu Picchu.
What to see on a tour to the 7 Colors Mountain?
The 7 Colors Mountain (also known as Vinincunca or Cerro Colorado) is a natural attraction located in Cusco.
Its main tourist attraction are its slopes and peaks, which acquired different colors and shades due to the melting and erosion of a variety of minerals formed millions of years ago.
To reach this magical mountain you must walk 6 kilometers from the community of Pampachiri (approximately 100 kilometers from the city of Cusco). Due to its location at high altitude (5,200 meters above sea level / 17,060 feet), getting there requires regular physical effort.
This magical mountain was on the route leading to Ausangate. Due to the photographs taken by tourists there, this attraction began to gain popularity in the world.
How to buy a ticket to the 7 Colors Mountain?
Tickets to the 7 Colors Mountain are not bookable on the internet. Neither can they be obtained in an agency in Lima or Cusco. The only way to buy a ticket is to travel directly to the control booth in the community of Pampachiri, at the foot of Ausangate.
In the community of Pampachiri there is a control booth that sells tickets to this natural tourist attraction. The distance to Cerro Colorado is approximately 6 kilometers. In the place there are also locals offering to take you on horseback to the destination.
How to get to the 7 Colors Mountain on your own?
To get to Pampachiri and buy the entrance to the 7 Colors Mountain you must follow the following steps:
Hire a cab or take a bus from the city of Cusco to the town of Cusipata. Buses leave from the Coliseo Cerrado on Huayruropata Avenue (cost 5 soles). The trip takes approximately 2 hours.
Once in the town of Cusipata, you can rest before continuing the trip to the community of Pampachiri. There are ‘colectivo’ cabs that provide this service (cost 10 soles). The trip takes about 1 hour.
In the community of Pampachiri you can buy tickets to the 7 Colors Mountain. You can also hire a horse or buy products before the hike.
The hike to Cerro Colorado takes 2 hours depending on the physical condition of the visitor. The ascent is difficult but worth it.
What to take on a tour to the 7 Colors Mountain?
The weather in the 7 Colors Mountain is cold. Temperatures can reach 0℃ at night. During the day, the sun can wear the visitor out. At the top of the summit, the wind runs strong.
It is recommended to bring:
Poncho in case of rain.
Cap, hat, gloves, sunglasses.
Windbreaker, trekking pants.
Ideal shoes for trekking.
Snacks, camera, documents, extra money.
Recommendations to buy a ticket to the 7 Colors Mountain.
If you plan to buy the entrance on your own at the Cerro Colorado, start the trip very early in the city of Cusco (3 or 4 a.m.).
If you plan to visit the 7 Colors Mountain with a tour, make sure that it includes the services you want: food, entrance fees, bilingual guide, horseback riding, etc.
Horseback riding services to climb the 7 Colors Mountain have an average cost of 100 S/. per person. The payment is to the villagers who offer this service in the place.
Consult the weather in the 7 Colors Mountain before starting the trip either on your own or with a tour.
Frequently asked questions about the visit to 7 Colors Mountain
These are the most frequent questions asked by tourists on the internet about the trip to the 7 Colors Mountain:
1) Where is the mountain of the 7 colors?
This famous mountain is at the foot of the snow-capped Ausangate, near the community of Pampachiri in the district of Cusipata – Cusco.
2) Why is the mountain of 7 colors?
The terrain of the mountain is full of minerals formed thousands of years ago. This causes the visibility of a soil full of colors such as: yellow, pink, green, purple, red, gold, brown and its shades.
3) What is the best time to visit the 7-color mountain?
For many, the dry season, from April to October, is the best time to visit this destination. The days are sunnier and more suitable for hiking. Even so, hail can cover the territory in the 7-color mountain, making the landscape difficult to appreciate.
4) What is the weather like in the 7 color mountain?
The weather is cold. In the mornings the temperature can reach 17ºC. In the afternoons the temperature drops to 7ºC. In the evenings and early mornings it can drop to 0ºC. and even lower.
5) How did the Seven Colors Mountain originate?
The 7 color mountain originated millions of years ago due to the abundance of minerals in the area. Then the tectonic plates lifted these mineral sediments. Finally, the ice gave way to the increasing temperatures revealing the colors of the mountain.
6) What does Vinicunca mean?
This name comes from two Quechua words. Wini’ means black stones (abundant in the area). Kunka’ means pass neck or bottle-shaped. This is due to the shape of the mountain.
7) How old is the mountain of the 7 colors?
The mountain was formed millions of years ago. However, the discovery of its colors occurred only at the beginning of the 21st century.
8) How do I get to Vinicunca?
To go to Vinicunca, you must take a bus to the town of Cusipata. Then with another transport to the camp of Pampachiri. Finally, there is a hike of approximately 6 kilometers to the 7-color mountain.