Recommendations to get to The Mountain of 7 Colors
Reaching the most visited natural attraction in Peru is a challenge that every traveler must overcome because this beautiful mountain is located over 5000 meters above sea level. That is why in this article we will give you some tips and recommendations before making a tour to the Mountain of 7 colors (Vinicunca).
1.- About altitude sickness
Climbing the mountain of colors is truly a challenge due to the great height at which it is located which has a height of 5100 m.a.s.l. at its highest point (viewpoint of Vinicunca). For which you must be prepared to overcome this altitude sickness and not harm your journey to the mountain of colors.
Drink plenty of fluids, especially coca tea and try not to walk too continuously.
Acclimatization is a very important factor to reach the mountain of colors is a slow process, so time is the best remedy to combat this disease. Before the trek it is recommended to be in Cusco at least 1 day before the excursion, it is advisable to take light walks around the city of Cusco or you can also enjoy a city tour on the outskirts of Cusco and thus reduce the effects of altitude sickness, plus you will be preventing the possible symptoms of altitude sickness.
Do not risk being a victim of altitude sickness, do not feel the terrible altitude sickness, nausea, dizziness, stomach ache, headache, etc. and follow these tips.
3.- Rest early
To visit the mountain of seven colors, I recommend you to rest early because you have to get up very early because the buses start picking you up at 4 in the morning and the distance to do the hike is 5 kilometers and will require all the energy you have.
4.- Prepare the backpack
It is recommended to prepare your backpack the night before, for which it is necessary to bring the following: waterproof pants, sun block, scarf, sunglasses, water, snacks, etc.
Wear appropriate clothing
Due to the high altitude at which the colorful mountain is located, it is recommended that you wear trekking clothes for the hike, but above all, warm clothes. Consider bringing.
- Trekking shoes
- Waterproof jackets and pants
- Rain ponchos.
- A light backpack.
- Walking sticks
5.- Buying equipment
Although the supplies can be bought in the city of Cusco, it is advisable to buy them on the route to the Vinicunca Mountain, in order to support the locals, by buying them you will be supporting their families through this work. Bring with you the following snacks (chocolate, dried fruits, coca leaf candies, lemon candies and water).
6.- Best time of the year
The best time to hike the mountain of colors is in the dry season between the months of March to November and it is not advisable to come in the months of December to February because it is a rainy season. However with the effects of climate change the weather in Cusco is often very unpredictable.
Total distance of the trekking route
We must consider that the road to the mountain of seven colors is a steep and difficult path which has a distance of 5 kilometers. If in some of the ways you feel tired you can hire the service of a horse that can do it at the beginning of the walk.
Trip to Vinicunca on your own
To make a trip to the mountain of colors on your own in these times of pandemic is risky because you have to comply with the various protocols set by the government and the Ministry of Health. For which we suggest that you take the services of an authorized agency. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)