Day trip

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

Activity provider: Inka Altitude

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

Activity provider: Inka Altitude
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This full-day Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley hike is for people who want to see the spectacular colorful landscapes surrounding Ausangate Mountain. During the day tour you will have opportunities at different lookouts to stop and take amazing pictures.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 10 - 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pick-up available at downtown hotels in Cusco. Please indicate if you are staying at a private accommodation (with address and phone number), you will then be provided with a meeting point close by. Our guide or transfer can take 10-15 minutes to find your place.
Private group available

Experience

Itinerary

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1.5 - 3.5 hours
  • Cusco

  • 2 hours
  • Cusipata District (breakfast)

  • 1 hour
  • Hiking

  • 1.5 hours
    • Optional
  • Rainbow Mountain (photo stop)

  • 1 hour
    • Optional
  • Rainbow Mountain

  • 1 hour
  • Cusipata District (lunch)

  • 2 hours
  • Cusco

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Transfer stop
Highlights
  • 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

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.

Includes
  • 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 80 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 with low level of fitness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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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 182 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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Long day long drive early start 100% worth it! Well organised, hike is easy just need to go slow but you can also rent a horse if needed. Views from the top are amazing, all the surrounding is beautiful not just the rainbow mountain itself. Breakfast and lunch buffet were delicious. All well organised and smooth, also when you hike you'll be free to go at your own pace, the guide simply stays with the back of the group. One word of advise: at the breakfast place and when you'll start the hike it's much colder than in Cusco, make sure you layer up for it

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July 29, 2022

This tour of Rainbow Mountain is difficult because of the high altitude. But the trip is well worth it, especially because of Inka Altitude tour company and our excellent tour guide Jose. He took good care of us and assisted anyone who needed extra care. He was also very knowledgeable not just of the mountains but of the flora, the animals, llamas, alpacas, condors etc., the numerous communities of indigenous peoples and their cultures, and much much more. I highly recommend this tour. The broad vistas are stunning !

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July 27, 2022

We went with the guide César, very attentive and aware of everyone. The worst thing is the early morning, but it's worth it because later a lot more people arrived. We had to make frequent stops because it takes a lot to keep up, but the views are worth it.

July 25, 2022

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