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  4. Rainbow Mountain

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Trek

Product ID: 197266
Be dazzled by the Vinicunca Mountain, also known as Rainbow Mountain, on this full-day adventure through the Peruvian Andes.
About this activity
Duration: 16 hours
Starting time 4:30 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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  • Marvel at snow-capped mountain peaks
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Rainbow Mountain
  • Stumble across the animals of the Andes
Full description
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.
  • Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco
  • Drop off at Plaza Regocijo
  • Entrances fees
  • Professional guide who speaks English or Spanish
  • First aid kit and oxygen
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Walking poles
What’s Not Included
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Horses
Not suitable for
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
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
• You must be reasonably fit for this activity; however, horses can be rented for part of the trip
• It is recommended to take comfortable hiking shoes and a warm jacket
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 67 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Very well coordinated, they arrived on time and all activities were carried out. I had the bad experience of leaving my luggage on the bus, and when the tour ended and I arrived at my hotel I realized that I was missing $ 100 (dollars) I do not recommend anyone to leave their personal things even if the guide tells them it is safe.

December 26, 2019

Excellent visit, very friendly driver and guide. The place for breakfast and lunch is the same and we are very well served, we have everything you need to fill your stomach! Only downside: the recovery time is the same for everyone. It would have been nice to calculate the route and give more precise time slots (we were told between 4:00 and 4:30 and finally 4:45 because we were at the end of the tour).

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November 9, 2019


We took a few laps with this agency, Humantay lake and Rainbow mountain, we were very happy with the organization. Very easy to organize via Get your Gide application, we were contacted directly by the person in charge and informed about the timing, taken care of at the exact time 4am. My advice is to book the trip very early because the road takes 3 hours plus breakfast and teak in the mountains, we were at the top among the first and we could really take a little time to take the photos before everyone world is coming. The guide was very competent and attentive, we even had a small ceremony upstairs, it was great. The breakfast and lunch included was in a very nice warm local place, we ate well, enough for the whole day. Thank you for this unforgettable experience!

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October 1, 2019

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Product ID: 197266