Day trip

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

Activity provider: Inka Altitude

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

Experience

Itinerary
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 over 65 years
  • People over 220 lbs (100 kg)
  • People with low level of fitness
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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 266 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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Our guide was Cesar. He was very amazing. We were one of the first groups to get to the mountain that helped avoiding the crowds for the pictures on top of the mountain. The last part of the hike is tough but not impossible. The transport vehicle and food were all good. Great value for money. Highly recommend it!!

September 28, 2022

Loved this tour so much! I opted to get a horse once I was there which was helpful but the hardest part has to be walked. Left around 4:30am and got back to Cusco a little before 4pm. I liked how early we were back in town. Highly recommend this tour

September 27, 2022

It is surely a must see landscape near Cuzco, you definitely have to go up and see it for yourself. The organisers were kind enough to confirm and even call us in the morning, that we are in front of the accomodation, which is not usual in Perú. The food was okay, don’t expect much from these buffet lunches in Perú, see then as necessary calories that keep you going, and not a dining experience. Altogether this tour is absolutely worth the money and the time.

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September 27, 2022

Product ID: 351741