Day trip

Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

Activity provider: Peru Selected Trips
Day trip

Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

Activity provider: Peru Selected Trips
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From US$ 28.50 per person

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Explore the amazing Rainbow Mountain in the region of Vinincunca. You will hike along the Andes, encountering beautiful scenery of the mountains and surrounding glaciers.

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pickup is included only for hotels located in the historic center of Cusco. Contact the local partner to know if pickup is available for your accommodation. If you are staying in private accommodation, or your hotel is not accessible due to the narrow streets, you will be provided with a meeting point nearby.


  • See the amazing Rainbow Mountain
  • Hike along the Andes and admire great landscapes
  • Meet with locals doing their own farming activities
Full description

Witness Rainbow Mountain in all its glory, take some photos and explore the area on a day trip from Cusco with a guide. Set out on an adventure in the early morning with a hotel pickup. Head up the mountain, cross small villages, immerse yourself in the local culture, and have lunch after your hike.

Begin your full-day tour in Cusco city, where you will be picked up between 4:15 AM and 4:45 AM. You will then drive in a comfortable van for 3 hours to the town of Cusipata, where you will have breakfast in a local family house. Following breakfast, head to the starting point of your hike. There are approximately 3 kilometers of flat land uphill, leading to the majestic "Mountain of Colors".

The hike will take about 1.5 hours, depending on your level of fitness. Along the way, enjoy panoramic views of the valleys, wild llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, as well as of the Andes and the nearby glaciers.  Once here, if the weather is good, get the first views of Rainbow Mountain. At the top, take a well-deserved break, which will also be your chance to catch your breath and enjoy the stunning views.

After taking beautiful photos, begin your descent, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch upon your return. You will then take private transportation back to Cusco, where you will arrive at approximately 5:00 PM.

  • Hotel pickup from Cusco historic center
  • Downtown drop-off
  • Transportation
  • Professional guide
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Walking stick
  • First aid assistance
  • Oxygen (if needed)
  • Entrance fee to Rainbow Mountain
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • This activity is not recommended for people who suffer heart disease or who are not used to walking uphill for a long period of time
  • The road has a lot of turns so it is recommended for guests with motion sickness to take medication
  • Meals have a vegetarian option available
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 601 reviews

Review summary

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  • Service
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Firstly rainbow valley is really beautiful, but for that reason it’s also very popular so we were a little frustrated when some other guests weren’t ready on time and we were delayed getting to the car park (not the providers fault but still annoying). There were lots of other buses there When we arrived my partner and I got up the mountain as quickly as possible and we’re luckily within the first fifty people up there. We got a few photos at the first viewing platform but the better views are at the higher hill so id recommend a little extra effort. I told my guide I wanted to do the red valley too which was a little detour and cost 10 soles. He said that was fine as long as I was back in time, it’s almost deserted and really gorgeous. The food is basic but fine, our guide Fernando was great and left us to our own divises. He speaks great English. All in all I’d recommend but make sure you get up quickly, either by foot or the horses (additional cost)

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March 23, 2023

Customer service was non responsive but the trip itself could not have gone any better! I highly recommend this trip as it was beautiful and then I also added on to see the Red Valley which was stunning. Many of the people in my group really struggled with the elevation so be aware of this.

March 23, 2023

Great trip with a great guide! Would definitely recommend this to others. We had about 4 hours once we were at the mountain to go our own pace / choose our own route after we got to the rainbow mountain summit. Breakfast and lunch were good, too. Be sure to hydrate because the altitude is no joke!

March 23, 2023

Product ID: 210717