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Cusco to Rainbow Mountain Tour – Vinicunca Peru

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Tour Details - Cusco to Rainbow Mountain Tour

The Cusco to Rainbow Mountain Tour is one of the most popular tours in Cusco, Peru. In fact, the tours to Vinicunca Peru are the second most sold tours in Cusco, after the Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco. 

Discovered in 2016, Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain was covered under dense snow. When the snow started to melt, the colors started to appear. It soon got all the deserving attention. Vinicunca Peru now receives thousands of visitors each day during the high season, so it’s one of the most famous attractions in Cusco region. 

With an elevation of 5040 meters above sea level (16535 ft.), the Cusco to Rainbow Mountain Tour demands good physical condition. It is highly recommended that you spend a few days in Cusco before your full-day tour to avoid altitude sickness. 

The trek compliments amazing views of the beautiful landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. The Cusco to Rainbow Mountain Tour takes between 1.5 and 2.5 hours, and it takes you through the highland farms with a sight of the snow-capped peak of the mighty Ausangate Moutain. It is the highest mountain in the region. To locals, it is a sacred Apus (peak). 

Our Cusco to Rainbow Mountain Tour takes you through a slightly different path than most others. This will allow you to enjoy the breathtaking views with fewer trekkers alongside. 

We have dedicated local tour guides for the trek. As locals, they have in-depth knowledge about the Andean traditions and customs. Our tour guides are also trained in first aid which allows them to give our trekkers immediate attention if they feel altitude sickness. 

We operate the Cusco to Rainbow Mountain Tour both in small groups and as private tours. Do take a moment to check out the reviews of those who visite the Mountain of Seven Colors with us. 

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

Best time to hike Vinicunca Peru:

The best time to hike Vinicunca Peru is during the dry season. It is a part of the Andes Mountain range where the weather conditions are unpredictable. However, it is subject to two seasons, dry and wet seasons. The dry season is from March to November. 

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 $ Lunch Buffet
  • Bilingual professional guide
  • Professional trekking poles
  • First aid kit and oxygen balloon
  • Entrance to Mountain of colors

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.


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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