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Full Day Tour to The Rainbow Mountain from Cusco

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Cusco, Peru
Full Day Tour to The Rainbow Mountain from Cusco
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icon11 to 12 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more


Challenge yourself and get a great payoff on this 16-hour day trip to Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca Mountain) from Cusco. This little-known spot in Peru is not only a must-see because of its naturally colorful mountains, but it’s the perfect location to take trip pics. Go on an exciting 3- to 4-hour hike to make your way to where the mountains are. Plus, enjoy breakfast, snacks, lunch, and round-trip transport on this trip.
  • 16-hour day trip to Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca Mountain) from Cusco
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide
  • Go on a 3- to 4-hour hike until you reach 16,500 feet (5029 meters) above sea level
  • Spend time admiring the beautiful mountains, well known for their colorfully lined landscape
  • Enjoy breakfast, snacks, and lunch on this day trip
  • Cusco hotel pickup and drop-off is included
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Briefing one day before
Andean blessing (ancestral ceremony for protection with a local shaman)
First aid kit including oxygen (for any emergency)
Transport Cusco – Trailhead – Cusco
Breakfast and lunch
Professional trekking guide in English – Spanish
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Drinks, unless specified
Gratuities for the guide and driver
Optional horse and wrangler $35USD (round trip)
Hiking sticks $7

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4:00 AM
We pick up from any accomodation point within the Cusco region
Your 16-hour day trip to Rainbow Mountain starts bright and early with a 3:30am pickup from your Cusco hotel. The day begins very early in the morning, but the trip is well worth it. Plus, numbers are limited to 14 people on this small-group tour, ensuring you'll spend an intimate day with a small group of like-minded explorers.

Your drive from Cusco takes about three hours, so sit back and relax. Before your hike starts, stop to enjoy a light breakfast. Afterward, your guide and small group sets out on the 3- to 4-hour hike to the mountains.

Once you make it to the summit, rest a bit before admiring the stunning views of the mountains. The mountains get their name from their beautiful rainbow-like coloring. Take all the photos you’d like, and then head down to lower altitudes where you can stop for lunch.

Your driver will be waiting for your group and guide at the trailhead. Hop back into your vehicle for a 3-hour drive to your Cusco hotel. You’ll get to your hotel sometime between 6:30pm and 7:30pm.
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Rainbow Mountain Peru
- Beautiful landscapes. - Amazing views of Ausangate mountain - Meet local people - Appreciate the fauna on the road (find lamas and alpacas)
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Recommendations for what to bring:
  • Comfortable backpack for walking
  • Hiking boots (Due to the height of the trek there may be some sections where snow has fallen)
  • Walking sticks
  • Hat for the sun, sunblock and sunglasses
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Warm clothes to be worn in layers including a hat and gloves
  • Camera
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Travel and Healing
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "It was absolutely worth it when you made it to the top, and I would not have been able to get there without the help of our guide." See review
  • "However, it was not worth spending money on this tour." See review


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Rainbow Mtn!!! 🏔
, Mar 2020
We had an awesome time!!! The tour was fantastic. Diomedes was very attentive to my friends who were struggling a little with the altitude. He carried an oxygen tank just in case. Santiago, the driver, was also with us. He was a great driver! The road was dirt after the cutoff for about an hour or so. Cute countryside! What a beautiful area! So glad we did it!
Amazing guide
, Jan 2020
Wonderful. Our guide was so amazing, this hike is a pretty tough hike and we were suffering from some altitude sickness. Our guide stayed with us and kept encouraging us to make it to the top. It was absolutely worth it when you made it to the top, and I would not have been able to get there without the help of our guide. I would highly recommend this tour.
Beautiful landscape not necessary to spend so much money on the tour
, Jul 2019
The landscape was gorgeous. However, it was not worth spending money on this tour. Food was not good. The group was very slow so we went ahead and we had very little interaction with guides.
The Rainbow Valley Tour was an...
, Jan 2018
The Rainbow Valley Tour was an amazing tour. Early in the morning, I was greeted by the guide and not much later picked up by the bus. Its about a 3hrs drive to a little village where breakfast is served at a local families house. From there we went to the valley and started the trek. Be prepared for the differences in heights and different levels of air/oxygen. The hike is a great experience, the guide Edwin was great. In the valley, the weather changes every other minute. When I made it to the top, it just had become misty/cloudy. Even though it was a great hike and definitely a place to go to when visiting Peru!
This was one of the worst tours I've...
Alberto R
, Jan 2017
This was one of the worst tours I've ever been. You can get the same tour on Cusco for 1/5 of the price. I asked around the people on my same tour I they paid 1/5 of what I paid. The service is terrible. We never saw the guide during the whole trekking, they didn't have any oxygen, they charged apart from entrance and horse service. The place is amazing but don't waste your money. Book your tour when you arrive to Cusco.
You must be in good physical...
, Dec 2016
You must be in good physical condition altitude is uncomfortable to be at 5200 meters high is worth the scenery is spectacular and an incredible view that is in the list of 100 things before your die, you must carry water and chocolates to have energy at the end It is a great reward. Great Tour amazing , thanks for everything .
Truly amazing. Worth the hike and...
, Nov 2016
Truly amazing. Worth the hike and effort. Carlos was excellent, food was great and the drive was comfortable. Highly recommended for all. These guys know what they are doing
If you have dietary restrictions...
, Oct 2016
If you have dietary restrictions, bring your own food. This is a long day. Gave rep list of foods I can't eat, was told this was ok, when we got there the info had not been passed on, and I was only given food I couldn't eat. There is nowhere else nearby to buy food. The views from the top are stunning. Worth doing for this. The trek is very hard due to the altitude - up to 5200 metres. Even if you are physically fit you may need to hire a horse. Do not pay the horse people directly! You are supposed to pay on the gate on the way out. Fee for the horse should be 70 to 80 sol. The horse people may try to lead you round the other way and overcharge you. Keep an eye on where they are taking you and try to stick with the rest of the group.
The 1 day tour is a long day and the...
, Jun 2016
The 1 day tour is a long day and the hike can be challenging for some due to the altitude, but the views are amazing once you reach the top. There was an abundance of local food for breakfast and lunch. Well worth it.

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