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  • Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

    1. Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

    Your professional tour guide will pick you from your accommodation in Cusco between 4:00AM and 4:30AM. After a 2-hour drive, you will arrive in Cusipata where you will stop for breakfast and buy water and snacks for the trek. Following breakfast, you'll travel one more hour to the hike starting point, at 4,850 meters. From there you will start your 3.5-kilomter trek to Rainbow Mountain over both flat and uphill terrain. During your hike you will enjoy amazing views and encounters with wild alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. Once you reach the top at 5,010 meters, you can make use of some free time to take a break, and if the weather is good, you will be able to enjoy views over Rainbow Mountain. You will then have the option to explore the Red Valley lookout, before beginning the easy part of your trek. You'll go downhill to the starting spot for another hour, where you will take transporta...

    This was a wonderful experience. Well organized and on time. Rainbow mountain is a must see.

  • Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

    2. Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

    Your full-day tour begins in Cusco city, where you will be picked up between 4:15 AM and 4:45 AM. You will then drive in a comfortable van for 3 hours to the town of Cusipata, where you will have breakfast in a local family house. Following breakfast, you will head to the starting point of your hike. There are approximately 3 kilometers of flat land uphill, leading to the majestic "Mountain of Colors". The hike will take about 1.5 hours, depending on your level of fitness. Throughout your hike, enjoy panoramic views of the valleys, wild llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, as well as of the Andes and the nearby glaciers.  Once here, if weather is good, you will be able to receive your first views of Rainbow Mountain. At the top, you will take a well-deserved break, which will also be your chance to catch your breath and enjoy the breathtaking views. After taking beautiful photos, you will beg...

    The guide's English wasn't that great so it was hard to understand if you don't speak Spanish

  • From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full Day Trek with Meals

    3. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full Day Trek with Meals

    Depart Cusco and get back to nature on a vigorous approximately 6-kilometer hike in the Andes. Experience the majestic beauty of the Rainbow Mountains as you trek in the foothills of Mount Ausangate. Keep a look out for native wildlife, such as the mighty condor - the largest bird in the world - pumas and different types of camelids. Learn more about the extraordinary geology and the flora and fauna of Peru from your knowledgeable guide. Soak up the stunning views before you return to Cusco for a refreshing cold chicha drink (a fermented or non-fermented beverage usually derived from maize).

    A lot of fun! Our guide was awesome! The breakfast and lunch were really good (especially lunch) and was a great start and finish to the long day. The ride was actually only 2 hours which was nice BUT it is VERY bumpy so sleeping is kind of tough. We took horses up to the mountain (one way 60 soles or round trip 80 soles) and then walked the last 10 min which was steep. Once you get up there it is well worth it! Up top, there are llamas and alpacas you can take photos with (they are free but you are encouraged to tip 1-2 soles) and food. I HIGHLY recommend you get the fried alpaca and potatoes! We walked the way back which was easy and quick. I recommend you book this trip if you are on the fence about it!

  • Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trekking Tour

    4. Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trekking Tour

    Following an early morning pickup between 4 AM and 4:30 AM from your accommodation in Cusco, head in direction of Quiquijana and savor a delicious breakfast buffet in a local restaurant. Then, continue the journey until you'll reach the control point in Llaqta and finally arrive in Phulawasipata where your trekking adventure awaits. Before starting the trek, your guide will give you some recommendations to start your adventure towards the Rainbow Mountain. Walk for approximately 1.5 hours until you reach the Rainbow Mountain at 5,036 meters above sea level. Take in panoramic views from the top of the mountain from where you'll be able to see the Ausangate Mountain, Peru's fifth highest mountain. Enjoy 20-minute of leisure time to take pictures of the fascinating scenery. Then, continue for a 30-minute trek to the Red Valley. Once again, admire the views of the Red Valley located at 5,0...

  • Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain Tour

    5. Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain Tour

    Drive approximately 2.5 hours after your pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. Stop in Pitumarca for a delicious breakfast before continuing your way towards the amazing Rainbow mountains. Next, it's time to start your walk uphill that will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. During the hike, admire the beautiful landscapes with many mountains covered in snow. Walk pass local people wearing the typical dress of the region and llamas and alpacas breeders. Once you reach the top, make use of some free time to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful view. After this, start descending through the Red Valley for about 3 hours (optional) to reach Japura where transport will wait for you. This path will be more special because you may be one of the only groups on this route. Finally, stop for a comforting lunch before returning to Cusco where the tour ends.

    This turned out to be an awesome experience. Not an easy trek but worth all the efforts. Our guide had coca leaves,and and something for us to inhale to counter the effect of altitude. I didn't need a horse (optional extra cost). Breakfast was typical Peruvian, I was impressed with the lunch buffet. Lots of tasty dishes. Our guide had enough English to communicate but more information was provided in Spanish. He ensured we stayed as a group + encouraged us along the way. I am glad I brought my walking poles since the stick provided didn't have a good grip in the slippery snow. I also had snacks to have once at the top. They do sell some food and you can take pictures with alpacas. Make sure you have change for that and some soles to pay to use the bathrooms. Wish I was told about the passport stamp once at the top. Didn't know. It would have been nice to be brought back to where we were picked up in the morning. Long walk uphill from the plaza after this trek.

  • From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Trek

    6. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Trek

    Be collected at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:00 AM. Travel about three hours to the Hanchipacha community and stop for breakfast. Then drive 15 minutes more to the Quesiuno community at 4,326 meters (14,189 foot). Start the trek and over three hours enjoy amazing landscapes with alpaca and llama herds, the Ausangate Mountain, many red mountains, and traditional local houses. The rainbow mountains are one of the spectacular places of the Vilcanota mountain range. The natural coloration is due to the presence of sedimentary stones in erosion. The impressive thing is how the stones have been formed to form a set of seven colors.  Reach the rainbow mountains at 5,020 meters (16,466 foot) and have time to explore the area and take photographs. Spend between 30 minutes and one hour here, depending on your trekking speed and the weather conditions.  The return hike takes two hours. A...

    Good tour. Bus was new. Breakfast and lunch were really good. Both hot and plentyfull.

  • From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Early Access Full-Day Tour

    7. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Early Access Full-Day Tour

    Start with pickup from your hotel in Cusco between 4:00 AM and 4:40 AM. Travel approximately 1.5 hours to Qollasuyo. Pass through the district of Cusipata with a stop for a 30-minute breakfast. From there, continue onwards with the journey for 1 hour until reaching Fulawasipata. Here, take a pause for a quick brief on how the journey will be carried out. Begin the walk at the foot of the Ausangate mountain range. This will be followed by an ascent of approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to the highest point of the Rainbow Mountain. During this journey, you will have the opportunity to see the different types of South American camelids, a relative of the camel. Upon reaching the red hill, take in the beautiful scenery. Finally, continue the journey with a 1-hour descent into the flat terrain and back to the starting point of the hike. Return to Cusipata to enjoy a buffet lunch. Following...

    It was a good expereince very good hosts, very pyschical day, but worth the effort. Lunch was good, breakfast wasn't as good. But still a good day.

  • From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full-Day Guided Private Tour

    8. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full-Day Guided Private Tour

    Trek through mountains bursting with natural colors to get a view of Mt. Vinicunca, set high in the Peruvian Andes. This multihued natural wonder is also called Rainbow Mountain. With breakfast, lunch, and safety kit included on your tour, experience adrenaline-pumping thrills with your guide. Join your guide at your hotel to ride smoothly across the mountain countryside. Pass by gorgeous landscapes and old towns full of history. Capture stunning views as you make some stops on the way. Take a short break for breakfast, and continue to the head of the trail. Even though the hike is done at a high altitude, you’ll be rewarded once in Vinicunca with its glorious colors. Standing at 5200 meters, this mountain has been considered sacred by local people since ancient times, predating the Inca rule. People still present offerings at the site. Take time to enjoy the view of the mountain, the...

  • From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour

    9. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour

    Start with pickup from your hotel in the historic center of Cusco between 4:00 AM and 5:00 AM. Travel south of the city through the beautiful landscape of valleys and small agricultural villages. Stop for breakfast outside of the town of Cusipata. After breakfast, continue the journey between the mountains, accompanied by the first views of Ausangate, one of the highest mountain peaks of the region. Pass by herds of hundreds of alpacas and llamas as you make your way to the starting point of the hike. Begin the hike at Phuluwasipata, and after about 2 hours, reach the highest point of the hike at 5,020 meters above sea level. Admire the outstanding views in all directions and the rare geological formations of Rainbow Mountain, known locally as Vinicuna. Discover the vibrant colors of the mountain, and enjoy about 40 minutes to relax and take in the natural beauty of the surrounding reg...

  • From Cusco: Palccoyo Alternative Rainbow Mountain Day Trek

    10. From Cusco: Palccoyo Alternative Rainbow Mountain Day Trek

    Enjoy a more leisurely hike and experience the stunning Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain with this full-day hiking excursion from Cusco. After being picked up from your hotel in a private minivan, you will set off from Cusco towards Rainbow Mountain. Drive through quaint traditional villages and take in fantastic views of the Andes as you travel.  Once you've arrived at your drop-off location, you will begin your hike through the stunning landscape surrounding Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain. The route is perfect for families or anyone who enjoys hiking, but who wants to avoid a strenuous 6-hour hike!  After around half an hour of walking you will reach Tres Rainbows, where you can enjoy spectacular views over the entire region and of the Ausangate Glacier. Make the most of some free time to explore the area and take some amazing photographs of the colourful mountains. Following an exhilarating day...

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What people are saying about Rainbow Mountain

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 788 reviews

Our guide Broly was amazing! Too bad I forgot to tip him! I was overwhelmed ♥️ The tour was well organised and safe; perfect guidance and pleasant people on it. Broly explained everything very well and informed us on all the things we needed to know to get to the top and even helped us take photos! We also had a good and experienced driver, which is needed for the final part towards the mountain. Overall an amazing and worth your while experience! I took the horses towards the mountain and hiked all the way back which was a good balance for me! The breakfast was good and the lunch even better! Thank you all so much for this day; overal an unforgettable view and experience!

It is a trip to a destination that you should not hesitate to do, recommended completely alone, as a couple, with family, friends, however you want to do it.

very kind and professional. They have been really helpful when I forgot something on the van after the excursion. highly recommended

The whole day tour was amazing!!! Edgar, the tour guide was very supportive and very concern about our safety

This was a wonderful experience. Well organized and on time. Rainbow mountain is a must see.