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Cusco to Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour – Vinicunca Rainbow Mountains

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Cusco to Rainbow Mountain Tour Details

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountains

Embark on a journey from the historic city of Cusco to the stunningly colorful landscapes of Rainbow Mountain. Our Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour offers an awe-inspiring adventure to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountains. They are a natural marvel that stands out in the rugged Andean terrain.

Setting out from Cusco, your day trip begins with a drive to the starting point of the trek. From here, under clear blue skies, you’ll hike to an astounding altitude of over 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) above sea level. Despite the high altitude, we’ll ensure your safety and comfort, providing guidance on preventing altitude sickness and pacing the hike appropriately.

As the day unfolds, you’ll reach the remarkable Mountain of Seven Colors. This geological wonder gets its name from the array of hues seen on its slopes. It varies from deep reds to vibrant blues, all naturally occurring in the sediment and mineral content of the soil. 

You’ll have 30 minutes here to marvel at the breathtaking views as our guide will explain the prominence of the site. You will also have plenty of time to capture unforgettable photos.

From Rainbow Mountain, you’ll get the optional chance to visit the nearby Red Valley. It is an additional sight that offers more stunning views and photo opportunities. Please note that this requires an additional day and must be booked separately. 

Best time to visit Vinicunca Rainbow Mountains Peru

While the dry season from May to September is the best time to visit Rainbow Mountain, our tour operates year-round. This allows you to book a tour at your convenience.

Upon returning from the mountain, your tour guide will be on hand. They will share more about the fascinating geology and local lore of the Cusco region and the Rainbow Mountains. With our experienced tour operator, your journey to this stunning natural wonder will be a day tour to remember. 

The Cusco to Rainbow Mountain tour is a fantastic opportunity regardless of where you are in your Peruvian adventure. Whether you’ve just finished exploring Machu Picchu or are just starting out, this tour offers a unique experience. It allows you to experience another side of this incredible country.

If high altitude full-day hike is not your thing then do take a look at our Cusco to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour itinerary. Also, take a look at our Lake Humantay Day Trip itinerary

Reasons to do Cusco to Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour with us:

Choose the Cusco to Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour with Cusco Travel Agency for an unparalleled experience. Our guides are experts in helping you acclimate to the high altitudes of the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountains. It stands over 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) above sea level.

We focus on ensuring your comfort and safety, while delivering an adventure brimming with breathtaking views. As recognized on TripAdvisor, our dedication to providing enriching experiences makes us the preferred choice for your Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour. 

Trust in our experience to guide you through the stunning landscapes of Rainbow Mountain Peru. A trip we have designed to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer 


Starts at 4:00 a.m. and ends at 16:00 p.m.

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip Tourist Transportation
  • Breakfast & Buffet Lunch
  • Bilingual professional guide
  • Professional trekking poles
  • First aid kit and oxygen balloon
  • Entrance to the Rainbow Mountains

Tour Excludes

  • Horse rental
  • Snacks and Tips

Things To Carry

  • Daypack to carry your things
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
What to Expect
  • 04:00 - 04:30 Pick up from your hotel in Cusco. We'll spend around 30 minutes picking up all passengers.
  • 04:30 - 06:00 Start the tour and then stop for Breakfast in Cusipata District
  • 06:30 - 08:00 Continue drive to the starting point of the trek
  • 08:00 - 12:00 Hiking up to the Rainbow Mountain and return to the starting point
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Drive to local restaurant and lunch stop
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Return to Cusco (Plaza de Armas)

Cusco to Rainbow Mountain Tour - Vinicunca Peru

We will be picking you up from your hotel early in the morning at 0400. We will then embark on our private transport on a two-and-a-half-hour drive through South Sacred Valley to Cusipata. Here we will be serving you a traditional Andean breakfast.

After breakfast, we will be driving you further for an hour to the trailhead. Minutes before reaching the starting point of the Rainbow Mountain Trek, we will be stopping at a checkpoint where we will be paying the entrance fees.

On reaching the starting point, our guide will be giving you a short safety briefing to make your Full Day Vinicunca Peru Tour experience a pleasant one. We will then start hiking for an hour and a half to the summit.

If you are not willing to hike, you can rent a horse by negotiating with the horsemen.

Rainbow Mountain Trek Full Day

The trek-up is somewhat challenging. However, it is equally worth every step. You will be trekking through the remote Andean communities. You will get an insight into their traditions and their way of life.

People living here are untouched by modernity and have preserved their age-old traditions. In fact, most of them converse in Quechua, the native language.

You will also get to see Alpacas and Llamas and some distinct flora and fauna. Throughout the trek, you will be getting a closer view of the Ausangate mountain.

On reaching the summit, you will get a spectacular view of the distinctly colored mountain that gives this Rainbow Mountain its name. Our guide will be explaining the importance of the Rainbow Mountain and Apus Ausangate. This is an important mountain deity in the Andean cosmology.

To get the most out of your experience, you can also hike further to the red valley. However, please note that this is optional and can be done only if time permits.

After spending some time and soaking in the views of the seven stripped mountains, we will begin our hike back to the starting point of the trek. This will be through the same way we went up.

We will be serving you lunch before embarking on a drive back to Cusco city. We will arrive in Cusco by 05:00 or 06:00 PM.

Tour statistics:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 15 km (or about 9.3 miles)
  • Highest altitude: Rainbow Mountain at 5,200 meters above sea level (or about 17,060 feet)
  • Lowest altitude: Cusipata at 3,300 meters above sea level (or about 10,826 feet)
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate to Challenging due to the high altitude

This journey from Cusco to Rainbow Mountain, set in the heart of the Andes, offers not only an encounter with the unique natural beauty but also a glimpse into the high-altitude life of the Cusco region. As a part of the tour, you will experience the culture and lifestyle that are as vibrant and rich as the colors of the Rainbow Mountain itself.


How long is the hike to Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca?

From the starting point, it normally takes a 1.5 to 2 hours hike to reach the summit of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. You will be gaining 390 meters. 

How many days acclimate in Cusco before Vinicunca Rainbow?

Cusco is at 3,399 metres above sea level  (11200 ft.). The starting point of the Rainbow Mountain trek is at 4650 metres above sea level (15255 ft) and the summit is at 5040 metres (16535 ft.). So it is imperative that if you are not acclimatised properly it will be challenging. We highly recommend spending 3-4 days in Cusco before the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Trek. 

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Solo Traveller

I did Rainbow mountain! 🌈🌈🌈 it das great! Pick up on time, guided easy to understand… Lots of patience… David was amazing and the tour is breathtaking!

August 26, 2021


Solo Traveller

My trip to Cusco was incredible, Cusco city is the best in Perú. I did my tours with the good company “Cusco Travel Agency” I recommend Machupicchu full day and rainbow mountain. Thank David for your services.

August 17, 2021


Solo Traveller

I think is the best company in Cusco with a professional guide and good driver. I did rainbow mountain, Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and Humantay Lake tour with them and went back home very happy with the experience

August 10, 2021

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