1. Peru
  2. Cusco Region
  3. Cusco
  4. Rainbow Mountain

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Early Morning Trek

Product ID: 184985
Amaze yourself with the most famous one-day hike to Rainbow Mountain from Cusco. Be the first group to reach the 5200-meter-high mountain-top to see the painted hills of Rainbow Mountain. Enjoy breakfast and lunch in local communities during your tour.
About this activity
Duration: 1 day
Starting time 2:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Pickup is available from hotels in the historic center of Cusco. Pickup is only included for hotels located in downtown and in cases where transport is impossible due to the narrow streets, you will be provided with a meeting point. If you are staying in a private apartment or outside the pickup route, you will be provided with the closest meeting point available.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Beat the crowds and arrive first at Rainbow Mountain via the newest and most beautiful route
  • Interract with professional and highly-trained tour guides
  • Visit the most remote places in Peru to see the country from a local perspective
  • Savor a delicious picnic breakfast and lunch at the base of the mountains
  • Visit local communities, herds of llamas and alpacas
Full description
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 2:15 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 4:00 PM.
  • Transportation
  • Professional local tour guide
  • Entrance to Rainbow Mountain
  • Buffet breakfast, snack & lunch, water
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Second guide for large groups
  • Medical kit in all tours
  • All taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Trekking poles (available to rent)
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• It is important that you spend some days in Cusco before going to the Rainbow Mountain, so your body acclimates to the high altitudes
• This tour is not recommended for people with asthma, heart problems, and/or high blood pressure
• You will walk over 16,000 feet above sea level; take the necessary precautions to avoid altitude sickness
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
• Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
• Name of traveler needed
• Hotel details needed
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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A great tour

We booked our tour the day before. The same evening we had contact with our guide who informed us again about the most important things. In the morning it started on time. Our guide Tom made a pleasant impression right from the start. He was well prepared and led us to the 5000m without any problems and he gave us enough time for photos. We really had a good time with him!

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January 13, 2019


Wow the excursion is brilliant, the Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley are so beautiful that you can not describe it, you have to see it with your own eyes. The tour itself was very well organized. We were informed of everything the day before and received a packed lunch, then we were picked up at the hostel and off we went. Everything was great, thank you very much.

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November 8, 2018

December 1, 2019

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Product ID: 184985