Day trip

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

Activity provider: Inka Altitude

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

Activity provider: Inka Altitude
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This full-day Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley hike is for people who want to see the spectacular colorful landscapes surrounding Ausangate Mountain. During the day tour you will have opportunities at different lookouts to stop and take amazing pictures.

About this activity

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Duration 10 - 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pick-up available at downtown hotels in Cusco. Please indicate if you are staying at a private accommodation (with address and phone number), you will then be provided with a meeting point close by. Our guide or transfer can take 10-15 minutes to find your place.
Private group available

Experience

Itinerary

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1.5 - 3.5 hours
  • Cusco

  • 2 hours
  • Cusipata District (breakfast)

  • 1 hour
  • Hiking

  • 1.5 hours
    • Optional
  • Rainbow Mountain (photo stop)

  • 1 hour
    • Optional
  • Rainbow Mountain

  • 1 hour
  • Cusipata District (lunch)

  • 2 hours
  • Cusco

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Transfer stop
Highlights
  • Be one of the first groups to Rainbow Mountain
  • Enjoy the panoramic views from different lookouts
  • Experience the local flavors of Cusco during your breakfast and buffet lunch
  • Choose from a shared or private experience
Full description

Your professional tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM. 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-kilometer 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. Then, 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 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM at Plaza de Armas.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup
  • Downtown drop-off
  • Transportation
  • Professional tour guide
  • Breakfast and buffet lunch (vegetarian options available)
  • Oxygen bottle (for emergencies)
  • 1 Wood stick (optional)
  • First-aid kit
  • Horse (available to be rented)
  • Entrance fees to Rainbow Mountain
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People with vertigo
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with low level of fitness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Rain gear
  • Travel insurance

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Pickup service is included. It can take 30 to 45 minutes to pick up the group. If you are one of the first ones to be picked up, it might take some time to collect the entire group
  • Climb 1.9 miles (3.5 km) to reach the top of Rainbow Mountain
  • Bring an extra warm sweater, jacket, hat, and gloves
  • If for any reason you need to rent a horse, the local partner doesn't manage these rentals and won't be involved in the process
  • Sunglasses are mandatory to use throughout the hike
  •  The local partner is not responsible for the change of weather conditions; choose the best day of departure based on research
  •  The dirt road is not in the best conditions; the drive can produce altitude sickness. It's recommended to bring personal medicine or altitude pills
  • Everyone walks at different speeds. The guide will be in different parts assisting the group
  • During your trip, extra expenses like entrance fees, water, souvenir and others are only available to pay with cash and Peruvian soles
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 137 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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As for the tour, nothing to complain ... absolutely perfect ... If you want to do this experience I recommend it ... know that the effort is a lot and the roads are nothing short of dangerous ... but on the guide, driver and organization in general of this tour really nothing to say if not Perfect !!!

June 26, 2022

Rainbow Mountain is truly an experience. We were picked up at 04:00, and it was a two hour ride to breakfast. The breakfast room is cold! Bring a jacket. Also it's a pretty simple breakfast. The another hour or so on to Rainbow Mountain! Restrooms are 1-2 soles to use, and they provided toilet paper. The hike itself is mostly flat, just at 15,000'! Some people had trouble with the altitude and got sick or turned around. It does get steeper at the end of the hike, but the views are so worth it. It's cold at the top, and was windy when we were there. Broly was our guide and he was so fun! Very energetic and supportive. After the hike, everyone was exhausted. Lunch was delicious, better than breakfast (at the same place). Then we were taken back to the main square in Cusco.

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June 14, 2022

It’s an excellent tour to this mountain. Amazing views and worth every penny of it. Totally recommend the earliest tour like 4 am. There will be few people when you arrive. If you are going late there are like thousand people and you won’t have opportunities to take a good picture. For the cheap people please spare few dollars and take a horse Uber. Trust me you thanks me later.

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June 13, 2022

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