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Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

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

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.

About this activity

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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.
Private or small groups available


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

Your full-day tour begins 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, you will 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. Throughout your hike, enjoy panoramic views of the valleys, wild llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, as well as of the Andes and the nearby glaciers.  Once here, if weather is good, you will be able to receive your first views of Rainbow Mountain. At the top, you will take a well-deserved break, which will also be your chance to catch your breath and enjoy the breathtaking views. After taking beautiful photos, you will begin your descent back, 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 5:00PM.

  • 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
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Warm clothing
  • Hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • You must be reasonably fit for this activity, however; horses can be rented for part of the trip. Please note: the local operator does not offer this service, it must be arranged privately. Horses will take you to 200 meters from the top, then you will finish the climb. Price: 70 to 90 Soles, round-trip, cash only
  • A walking stick will be provided
  • The walk takes about 3 hours
  • Road mostly flat, except the ascent to the top, where it is very steep
  • Bring extra food and water. Breakfast and lunch are included but are basic due to the remoteness
  • Entrance to Rainbow Mountain is not included and should be purchased on-site at 30 PEN for tourists and 20 PEN for Peruvians
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 486 reviews

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Great experience hiking the rainbow mountain. The walk through the top was a bit rough but we made it ! We were kind of luck with the weather (no rain ) and very happy to have made it to the top. Te he food provided at breakfast and lunch was ok: the guide was super nice and patient !

March 6, 2022

My overall experience was great! The hike to rainbow mountain was definitely one of the most difficult ones I’ve done. They do have horses available to take you up to a certain point. It was about a 2 hour hike going up and one going down. I recommend going at your pace, drinking water and even coca tea for the altitude sickness. The view was nice but the color vibrancy of the mountain is definitely not how it is in photos. Maybe because it was foggy but don’t expect the colors to be super bright. Our guide was amazing and super understanding when I was taking my time to get up the mountain.

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February 26, 2022

The tour guide is awesome! And time wise all was great. The food is not amazing but if you bring some snacks you’ll manage. One thing I recommend is brings a lot of water!! You’ll need it. The hight can dehydrate you and drinking is essential to feeling good after it all. Overall great experience. ( we also had an awesome day weather wise… i can’t say anything if you get rain or snow).

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February 21, 2022

Product ID: 210717