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Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

1. 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 begin your descent back, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch upon your return. You will then take private transportation back to Cusco, where you will arrive at approximately 5:00PM.

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals and Entrance Fees

2. Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals and Entrance Fees

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'll go downhill to the starting spot for another hour, where you will take transportation back to Cusipata where a local lunch will be waiting for you. Once you finish your buffet lunch you will travel back to Cusco, where you will arrive between 4:00PM and 5:00PM to Plaza de Armas.

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).

Peru: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Full Day Tour

4. Peru: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Full Day Tour

Be stunned by all the colors of the rainbow as you take in the sights of some of the Andes' prime real estate, the much-celebrated Rainbow Mountain and its counterpart, the Red Valley. After a very early pickup and breakfast at Cusipata, continue to Phullawasipata (4,626 m./15,177 ft.) the trail head where the hike starts. Along with sightings of locals, see groups of Alpacas, Llamas and sometimes wild Vicuñas, and small lagoons created by the thawing glaciers. Arrive at the summit of Vinicunca (5,020 m./16,469 ft.) and grab a photo opp of breathtaking scenery. Then take the Red Valley route, so-named for the red color of the mountain soil. Enjoy the peace and quiet found here. Hike downhill through the red landscape to Phulawasipata for a well-earned lunch. Then be taken back to Cusco main square again in the late afternoon for the colorful journey's conclusion.

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

5. 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 5,038 meters above sea level. After 15 minutes, you'll return to the parking lot where your driver awaits you. On the way back, stop for a break in Quiquijana where you'll taste delicious buffet lunch. Then, head back to Cusco where you'll be dropped off at the Plaza Regocijo, 2 blocks from Plaza de Armas.

Cusco: Small-Group Alternative Rainbow Mountain Hike

6. Cusco: Small-Group Alternative Rainbow Mountain Hike

The world-famous Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain has garnered plenty of attention over recent years. However, this small site has lost its charm due to the abundance of travelers and overcrowding. Luckily, you can still experience the true beauty of these colorful landscapes on an alternative route to Palyccoyo Mountain. The day begins with early morning pickup at 4 AM from your accommodation in Cusco. Set out on the journey towards the hiking route, stopping by a local restaurant for a hearty breakfast to fill you up for the trip. Arrive at the trail's starting location at 9:30 AM and listen to a briefing to ensure you’re prepared for the 50-minute hike ahead. As you walk to the top of Palyccoyo, admire the incredibly colorful landscapes and meet friendly alpacas that roam the mountains. At the top of Palyccoyo, soak up unspoiled views of your surroundings and marvel at the beauty of nature. You can also opt to continue the hike onto the nearby Stone Forest where another fantastic lookout awaits. After some time to enjoy the view, walk back down the mountain and head to a nearby restaurant for a well-deserved lunch before the return journey to Cusco.

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Palcoyo Day Trip

7. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Palcoyo Day Trip

Begin the trip to the town of Cusipata in a comfortable tourist minivan. Upon arrival, enjoy an American-style buffet breakfast. Head to the starting point of the tour after breakfast. Start on the path that leads to the "mountain of colors", pass the control point, and pay an entrance fee to continue. Admire the panoramic views of the valleys, the Andes and the nearby glaciers along the trail, as well as the fauna: wild llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, as well as Andean condors. Reach the summit and take time to rest, take a breath, and admire the spectacular views. Take beautiful photos and videos, then begin the descent to the base with the group. Enjoy a tourist buffet lunch upon arriving at the restaurant at the end of the hike, before making the trip back to Cusco to be dropped off near the main square.

Cusco: Premium Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Tour

8. Cusco: Premium Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Tour

Beat the crowds and arrive first at Rainbow Mountain, one of the most popular one-day hikes in the Cusco region. Get away from the city, traffic, and pollution to enjoy the amazing natural and cultural landscapes. You will be picked up from your hotel around 5 AM and drive for 3.5 hours to the trailhead, where we will enjoy a healthy breakfast. Cusipata is a native community with few inhabitants dedicated mostly to agriculture. Move on to the Community of LLaqta, and start your 2-hour hike up to Rainbow Mountain. On the way, see llamas, alpacas, and a beautiful mountain range. Take time to enjoy the landscape and take lots of pictures, before you slowly descend again to LLaqta community. Drive back to Cusipata to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by a local chef using local products. After a full day of relaxation and hiking in the remote mountains, head back to Cusco arriving at approximately 5:30 PM.

Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain Tour

9. 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.

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Trek

10. 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. At the Quesiuno community, take transportation to the Hanchipacha community, where you will have lunch. Then be driven to Cusco and dropped off at Regocijos Square, which is two blocks from the Main Square.

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What people are saying about Rainbow Mountain

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 806 reviews

Was late for the early am pick up however very accommodating and waited for us to cab over. Spectacular view of the Rainbow Mountains. A must do if ever in Cusco.

Very attentive and friendly guide , small group of 5 people , comfortable transport, everything went according to plan

We loved the private tour. We could go at our own pace and the guide Dennis was great.

Excellent adventure. Strong for people who are not used to walking and climbing hills.

They changed us to Palcoyo, but everything was very good