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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Travel to the peaks and trek to Rainbow Mountain on a full-day trip from Cusco. See the spectacular landscapes surrounding this Mountain of Seven Colors and stop at various picture-perfect vantage points along the way.

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


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
  • Have a local, professional guide accompany you along the entire trekking route
  • Avoid the crowds and be one of the first groups to reach the 5,010 meters summit
  • Share the path with the llamas and alpacas that call the Vinicunca mountain home
  • Experience local flavors with the fuelling breakfast and tasty buffet lunch
  • Get straight to the trek experience with pick up and drop off in Cusco included
Full description

Your professional tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM. It's an early start to get to the starting point of one of Peru's most beautiful trekking routes, but it's worth it.

After a 2-hour drive, you will arrive in the town of Cusipata, where you will stop for a hearty breakfast and stock up on water and snacks for the adventure ahead. Travel for one more hour to the hike starting point at a mighty 4,850 meters.

The 3.5-kilometer trek to Rainbow Mountain is a slow-paced journey at high altitude over both long and flat and moderate uphill terrain. During your hike, you will enjoy amazing views of folding mountain ranges and encounters with wild alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas.

It takes around two hours to reach the multi-colored peaks, and once you reach the top at 5,010 meters, you can rest and admire the natural phenomenon that stands before you. If the weather is clear, you'll be able to see the magnificence of this mountain range in full view.

Once you have snapped your pictures at the summit, venture back on the same path to the starting gate, where your driver will whisk you back to Cusipata for a celebratory local lunch. Travel back to Cusco, arriving between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM at the Plaza de Armas.

  • 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 rent for 80 Peruvian Sol per person, in cash)
  • 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

4.7 /5

based on 199 reviews

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We recommend this experience, it's absolutely magical! Our guide (Caesar) was very present to help. We were slightly apprehensive about this step because many people described it to us as difficult, in all sincerity, it is far from being insurmountable. Take your time, remember to breathe, enjoy the scenery and you'll be fine!

August 12, 2022

Long day long drive early start 100% worth it! Well organised, hike is easy just need to go slow but you can also rent a horse if needed. Views from the top are amazing, all the surrounding is beautiful not just the rainbow mountain itself. Breakfast and lunch buffet were delicious. All well organised and smooth, also when you hike you'll be free to go at your own pace, the guide simply stays with the back of the group. One word of advise: at the breakfast place and when you'll start the hike it's much colder than in Cusco, make sure you layer up for it

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July 29, 2022

This tour of Rainbow Mountain is difficult because of the high altitude. But the trip is well worth it, especially because of Inka Altitude tour company and our excellent tour guide Jose. He took good care of us and assisted anyone who needed extra care. He was also very knowledgeable not just of the mountains but of the flora, the animals, llamas, alpacas, condors etc., the numerous communities of indigenous peoples and their cultures, and much much more. I highly recommend this tour. The broad vistas are stunning !

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July 27, 2022

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