Day trip

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

Activity provider:Inka Altitude
Day trip

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

Activity provider:Inka Altitude

From US$ 34 per person


Hike Rainbow Mountain and see the colorful landscapes surrounding Ausangate Mountain on this guided day tour. Experience the mountain's incredible hues and take photos to last a lifetime.

About this activity

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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


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    Pickup location:


  • Van

    (2 hours)

  • Cusipata District

    Breakfast (30 minutes)

  • Van

    (1 hour)

  • Hiking (1.5 hours)

  • Horse carriage

    (1.5 hours)

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    Rainbow Mountain

    Photo stop (30 minutes)

  • Horse carriage

    (1 hour)

  • Rainbow Mountain

  • Van

    (1 hour)

  • Cusipata District

    Lunch (1 hour)

  • Transfer

    (2 hours)

  • Arrive back at:


Main stop
Other stop

For reference only. Itineraries are subject to change.

  • Be one of the first groups to Rainbow Mountain
  • Enjoy the panoramic views from different lookouts
  • Experience the local flavors of Cusco during your breakfast and buffet lunch
  • Choose from a shared or private experience
Full description

Experience the incredible beauty of Rainbow Mountain on a guided hiking tour. You get a chance to see alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas while soaking in the stunning mountain views during the journey. Savor a local lunch before heading back to your accommodation in Cusco. 

Your professional tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM. After a 2-hour drive, you will arrive in Cusipata where you will stop for breakfast and buy water and snacks for the trek.

Following breakfast, you'll travel one more hour to the hike starting point, at 4,850 meters. From there you will start your 3.5-kilometer trek to Rainbow Mountain over both flat and uphill terrain.

During your hike, you will enjoy amazing views and encounters with wild alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. Once you reach the top at 5,010 meters, you can make use of some free time to take a break, and if the weather is good, you will be able to enjoy views over Rainbow Mountain. You'll go downhill to the starting spot for another hour. Then, take transportation back to Cusipata where a local lunch will be waiting for you. Once you finish your buffet lunch you will travel back to Cusco, where you will arrive between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM at 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 100 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 over 65 years
  • People over 220 lbs (100 kg)
  • People with low level of fitness

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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 435 reviews

Review summary

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It was amazing, John was very smart with his trip planning for the day and we were able to cover and enjoy all the places we wanted to see very smoothly, avoiding all traffic. He was very patient, knowledgeable and also took care of some of the extra things we wanted to do on the way. We highly recommend John for any trips in rainbow mountain/Cusco/sacred valley

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May 13, 2023

What a fantastic day. Cesaer is a great guide. Inca trails is a great company to use. The driver ( I didn't get his name) was very kind and thoughtful. Such a careful driver considering the lama's al paccas other cars and pedestrians in the small hillside villages. They picked us up at our hotel and took us for breakfast... Then an amazing drive through the mountains and villages to reach the start of the trek. We chose to ride horses for (80sols each) the whole 30min journey then we walked the final few steps which were breathtaking. Magical views and an amazing experience. We had loads of time at the top to have snacks and wander around taking photos. The hike back was beautiful and serene. Then we took the van back to a lovely cafe for a vegetarian lunch (included!) They also had meat options. And then they dropped us back near our hotel in Cusco. Great company. Great guide. Great driver. Amazing day out.

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May 9, 2023

The trip was wonderful! Our guide, John, was knowledgeable, helpful and courteous! He was patient with us as we probably hiked slower than other hikers. The travel was fine - our driver, another John, was a safe driver on a road that wasn't the best! Our breakfast and lunch buffets were wonderful. Everything was perfect! So glad we got to go and we thought that the price was amazing!

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May 2, 2023

Product ID: 351741