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Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Day Trip and Red Valley (Optional)

1. Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Day Trip and Red Valley (Optional)

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.

Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

2. Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

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.

From Cusco: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain ATV Tour with Meals

3. From Cusco: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain ATV Tour with Meals

Itinerary: The trip to the mountain of 7 colors by atv begins with pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Hotel pickup 4.00 am trip start 4.30 am Travel destination Cusco - Pitumarca duration 2 hours by car Breakfast at a local restaurant in Kusipata (after breakfast we continue the trip by car) Pitumarca - Qosqotapa duration 1h.20m by car Qosqopata is the end of the car (from this point our atv adventure begins Qosqopata - Mountain of the 7 colors (vinicunca) 30 minute trip on atv quad bikes Duration of the trip on the atv quad bikes is 30 minutes one way until arriving at the mountain of the 7 colors. - Return trip 25 minutes The walking time from the end of the atvs to the baga part of the colorful mountain is to walk for 5 minutes to have some souvenir photos. To have the best cover photos and memories it is necessary to walk for 7 minutes towards the mountain hill where you can see the red valley.

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour and Red Valley Hike (Optional)

4. Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour and Red Valley Hike (Optional)

The tour starts from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00 am approx, depending on your hotel location the pickup time will be quite different. Once the group is ready the great adventure will start in the direction of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. You travel by car for 2 hours approx in our tourist transport until arriving in the community of Cusipata. Here, you enjoy a delicious breakfast before continuing with the tour. Continuing the Rainbow Mountain Tour, The car leaves the main road to take the dirt road for 45 minutes more. During the trip, you can observe beautiful landscapes, canyons, and beautiful glaciers as The Ausangate Glacier (The biggest of Cusco region). Once you arrive at the final stop for the van, the group start hiking for 1.5 hours approximately. The time is an average and It depends on sure of your speed but no worries you will hike at your rhythm. After having a nice hike to the Rainbow Mountain Cusco, You finally arrive at the destination: The Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain (5.020m / 16.466 ft.). Once the group is together again, you have all the information about this beautiful attraction provided by our very knowledgeable tour guide. After that, you have free time to enjoy the beauty of the mountain on your own, take pictures, enjoy a snack, or just relax. After enjoying the Rainbow Mountain which is one of the best Day Trips From Cusco, The Group starts the walk back to the parking and then to the community of Cusipata. Here, you have a delicious lunch and then return to the imperial city of Cusco. Finally, at the end of the Rainbow Mountain Tour, you return to Cusco where our transportation will take you to the city center (04:30 pm approx) or if it is in private service, to your respective hotel. End of services Emergency numbers: +51 979300796 / +51 983784029

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Early-Access Hike with Lunch

5. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Early-Access Hike with Lunch

Start with pickup from your hotel in Cusco between 3:00 AM and 3:30 AM. Travel for approximately 1.5 hours to Qollasuyo. Pass through the district of Cusipata with a stop for a 30-minute breakfast. From there, continue onwards with the journey for 1 hour until reaching Fulawasipata. Here, take a pause for a quick brief on how the journey will be carried out. Begin the walk at the foot of the Ausangate mountain range. This will be followed by an ascent of approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to the highest point of the Rainbow Mountain. During this journey, you will have the opportunity to see the different types of South American camelids, a relative of the camel. Upon reaching the red hill, take in the beautiful scenery. Finally, continue the journey with a 1-hour descent into the flat terrain and back to the starting point of the hike. Return to Cusipata to enjoy a buffet lunch. Following lunch, return to Cusco, arriving at approximately 4:30 PM at Plaza Regocijo/Kusipata, centrally located and close to all hotels.

From Cusco: Guided Rainbow Mountain Trip with Transportation

6. From Cusco: Guided Rainbow Mountain Trip with Transportation

First, we will start with the respective pick-up from the hotel within the historic center of Cusco from 4:30 to 05:00 a.m. Then we will head in our tourist transport south of Cusco to the community of Tintinco in the district of Cusipata, where we will have our first stop to enjoy a buffet breakfast. Then we will continue our journey by road for 1 hour and 30 minutes to the parking lot, from where we will start our hike. Afterwards, we will have a 2-hour hike to Rainbow Mountain, where we will be able to see most of the fauna such as alpacas, vicuñas and llamas, when we arrive we will have enough time to take pictures and walk through much of the place and observe all the surrounding landscape and rest a little to begin the descent. Then we will return by the same route to the parking lot to return to the district of Cusipata, Tintinco community where we will have a buffet lunch and finally return to the city of Cusco (approximate time of arrival 17:30 hrs). The tour is ending at the Plaza Regocijo. Remember that this is a group tour and you have to return to the transportation together with the other passengers.

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Full-Day Tour

7. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Full-Day Tour

The adventure begins between 4:00 a.m. m. and 4:30 a.m. m. at which time our transportation will pick you up at your accommodation, after which we will go to the town of Cusipata in approximately 2 hours. Around 6:30 am we will arrive in Cusipata where we will enjoy a buffet breakfast. After breakfast, we will begin the ascent along a communal dirt road until we reach 4,800 meters of altitude. Subsequently, we will begin a walk through a 4 km trail, along the way you will enjoy landscapes full of flora and fauna of the Andes. Our guide will accompany you and teach you how to walk at altitude. The colorful mountain network will begin to appear little by little, until you reach the viewpoint at 5,200 meters high. Its geological formations will reveal all its great splendor. Later you will have the option to visit the Red Valley (optional). Vinicunca is one of the great attractions that you should not miss on your trip to Peru. Free time for photos. Then we will descend along the same path, to board our vehicle and descend to Cusipata. Here you will have a delicious lunch and then return to the imperial city of Cusco. At the end of the Mountain of Colors Tour, you will return to Cusco where our transportation will take you to the city center (approximately 04:30 pm)

Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trekking Tour

8. Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trekking Tour

After pickup from your accommodation in Cusco, head in the direction of Quiquijana and savor a delicious breakfast buffet in a local restaurant.  Then, continue the journey until you reach the control point in Llaqta and finally arrive in Phulawasipata, where your trekking adventure awaits. Before starting the trek, your guide will recommend starting your adventure towards Rainbow Mountain. Walk for approximately 1.5 hours until you reach Rainbow Mountain at 5,036 meters above sea level.  Take in panoramic views from the top of the mountain from where you'll be able to see the Ausangate Mountain, Peru's fifth highest mountain. Enjoy 20-minute of leisure time to take pictures of the fascinating scenery. Then, continue for a 30-minute trek to the Red Valley. Once again, admire the views of the Red Valley, located 5,038 meters above sea level. After 15 minutes, you'll return to the parking lot where your driver awaits you. On the way back, stop for a break in Quiquijana where you'll taste delicious buffet lunch. Then, head back to Cusco where you'll be dropped off at the Plaza Regocijo, 2 blocks from Plaza de Armas.

Rainbow mountain Palccoyo one day - trekking

9. Rainbow mountain Palccoyo one day - trekking

Rainbow Mountain Tour Palccoyo 1 day Palccoyo Mountain Day Tour Itinerary: Before 5:00 am: Pickup at your hotel or Airbnb (pickup time will depend on your location). 5:00-7:00 am: Transfer by bus from Cusco to the town of Checacupe (3400 meters above sea level). 7:00-7:30 am: Breakfast near Checacupe. 7:30-10:00 am: Bus transfer from Checacupe to the community of Palcoyo. 10:00-11:00 am: 1-hour walk from the community of Palcoyo to the Palcoyo mountain (4900 m.s.n.m ). 11:00 am-1:00 pm: Free time to enjoy the colorful mountains of Palccoyo and learn about them with the guide. 1:00-1:10 pm: 10-minute walk from the Palcoyo mountain to the Forest of Colorful Stones (4900 m.s.n.m). 1:10-1:50 pm: Free time to enjoy the Forest of Colorful Stones. 1:50-2:30 pm: Return on foot to the community of Palcoyo. 2:30-3:00 pm: Semi-buffet lunch in Cusipata. 3:00-6:30 pm: Bus transfer from Cusipata to Cusco. 5:40 pm: End of the tour in Cusco, the transport leaves one block from the main square. minimum 1 day of acclimatization Note: in case of booking for the same day, check availability beforehand.

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full Day Trek with Meals

10. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full Day Trek with Meals

Depart Cusco and get back to nature on a vigorous approximately 6-kilometer hike in the Andes. Experience the majestic beauty of the Rainbow Mountains as you trek in the foothills of Mount Ausangate. Keep a look out for native wildlife, such as the mighty condor - the largest bird in the world - pumas and different types of camelids. Learn more about the extraordinary geology and the flora and fauna of Peru from your knowledgeable guide. Soak up the stunning views before you return to Cusco for a refreshing cold chicha drink (a fermented or non-fermented beverage usually derived from maize).

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Rainbow Mountain: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Day Trip and Red Valley (Optional)

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Day Trip and Red Valley (Optional)

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.

Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

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.

From Cusco: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain ATV Tour with Meals

From Cusco: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain ATV Tour with Meals

Itinerary: The trip to the mountain of 7 colors by atv begins with pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Hotel pickup 4.00 am trip start 4.30 am Travel destination Cusco - Pitumarca duration 2 hours by car Breakfast at a local restaurant in Kusipata (after breakfast we continue the trip by car) Pitumarca - Qosqotapa duration 1h.20m by car Qosqopata is the end of the car (from this point our atv adventure begins Qosqopata - Mountain of the 7 colors (vinicunca) 30 minute trip on atv quad bikes Duration of the trip on the atv quad bikes is 30 minutes one way until arriving at the mountain of the 7 colors. - Return trip 25 minutes The walking time from the end of the atvs to the baga part of the colorful mountain is to walk for 5 minutes to have some souvenir photos. To have the best cover photos and memories it is necessary to walk for 7 minutes towards the mountain hill where you can see the red valley.

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour and Red Valley Hike (Optional)

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour and Red Valley Hike (Optional)

The tour starts from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00 am approx, depending on your hotel location the pickup time will be quite different. Once the group is ready the great adventure will start in the direction of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. You travel by car for 2 hours approx in our tourist transport until arriving in the community of Cusipata. Here, you enjoy a delicious breakfast before continuing with the tour. Continuing the Rainbow Mountain Tour, The car leaves the main road to take the dirt road for 45 minutes more. During the trip, you can observe beautiful landscapes, canyons, and beautiful glaciers as The Ausangate Glacier (The biggest of Cusco region). Once you arrive at the final stop for the van, the group start hiking for 1.5 hours approximately. The time is an average and It depends on sure of your speed but no worries you will hike at your rhythm. After having a nice hike to the Rainbow Mountain Cusco, You finally arrive at the destination: The Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain (5.020m / 16.466 ft.). Once the group is together again, you have all the information about this beautiful attraction provided by our very knowledgeable tour guide. After that, you have free time to enjoy the beauty of the mountain on your own, take pictures, enjoy a snack, or just relax. After enjoying the Rainbow Mountain which is one of the best Day Trips From Cusco, The Group starts the walk back to the parking and then to the community of Cusipata. Here, you have a delicious lunch and then return to the imperial city of Cusco. Finally, at the end of the Rainbow Mountain Tour, you return to Cusco where our transportation will take you to the city center (04:30 pm approx) or if it is in private service, to your respective hotel. End of services Emergency numbers: +51 979300796 / +51 983784029

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Early-Access Hike with Lunch

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Early-Access Hike with Lunch

Start with pickup from your hotel in Cusco between 3:00 AM and 3:30 AM. Travel for approximately 1.5 hours to Qollasuyo. Pass through the district of Cusipata with a stop for a 30-minute breakfast. From there, continue onwards with the journey for 1 hour until reaching Fulawasipata. Here, take a pause for a quick brief on how the journey will be carried out. Begin the walk at the foot of the Ausangate mountain range. This will be followed by an ascent of approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to the highest point of the Rainbow Mountain. During this journey, you will have the opportunity to see the different types of South American camelids, a relative of the camel. Upon reaching the red hill, take in the beautiful scenery. Finally, continue the journey with a 1-hour descent into the flat terrain and back to the starting point of the hike. Return to Cusipata to enjoy a buffet lunch. Following lunch, return to Cusco, arriving at approximately 4:30 PM at Plaza Regocijo/Kusipata, centrally located and close to all hotels.

From Cusco: Guided Rainbow Mountain Trip with Transportation

From Cusco: Guided Rainbow Mountain Trip with Transportation

First, we will start with the respective pick-up from the hotel within the historic center of Cusco from 4:30 to 05:00 a.m. Then we will head in our tourist transport south of Cusco to the community of Tintinco in the district of Cusipata, where we will have our first stop to enjoy a buffet breakfast. Then we will continue our journey by road for 1 hour and 30 minutes to the parking lot, from where we will start our hike. Afterwards, we will have a 2-hour hike to Rainbow Mountain, where we will be able to see most of the fauna such as alpacas, vicuñas and llamas, when we arrive we will have enough time to take pictures and walk through much of the place and observe all the surrounding landscape and rest a little to begin the descent. Then we will return by the same route to the parking lot to return to the district of Cusipata, Tintinco community where we will have a buffet lunch and finally return to the city of Cusco (approximate time of arrival 17:30 hrs). The tour is ending at the Plaza Regocijo. Remember that this is a group tour and you have to return to the transportation together with the other passengers.

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Full-Day Tour

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Full-Day Tour

The adventure begins between 4:00 a.m. m. and 4:30 a.m. m. at which time our transportation will pick you up at your accommodation, after which we will go to the town of Cusipata in approximately 2 hours. Around 6:30 am we will arrive in Cusipata where we will enjoy a buffet breakfast. After breakfast, we will begin the ascent along a communal dirt road until we reach 4,800 meters of altitude. Subsequently, we will begin a walk through a 4 km trail, along the way you will enjoy landscapes full of flora and fauna of the Andes. Our guide will accompany you and teach you how to walk at altitude. The colorful mountain network will begin to appear little by little, until you reach the viewpoint at 5,200 meters high. Its geological formations will reveal all its great splendor. Later you will have the option to visit the Red Valley (optional). Vinicunca is one of the great attractions that you should not miss on your trip to Peru. Free time for photos. Then we will descend along the same path, to board our vehicle and descend to Cusipata. Here you will have a delicious lunch and then return to the imperial city of Cusco. At the end of the Mountain of Colors Tour, you will return to Cusco where our transportation will take you to the city center (approximately 04:30 pm)

Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trekking Tour

Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trekking Tour

After pickup from your accommodation in Cusco, head in the direction of Quiquijana and savor a delicious breakfast buffet in a local restaurant.  Then, continue the journey until you reach the control point in Llaqta and finally arrive in Phulawasipata, where your trekking adventure awaits. Before starting the trek, your guide will recommend starting your adventure towards Rainbow Mountain. Walk for approximately 1.5 hours until you reach Rainbow Mountain at 5,036 meters above sea level.  Take in panoramic views from the top of the mountain from where you'll be able to see the Ausangate Mountain, Peru's fifth highest mountain. Enjoy 20-minute of leisure time to take pictures of the fascinating scenery. Then, continue for a 30-minute trek to the Red Valley. Once again, admire the views of the Red Valley, located 5,038 meters above sea level. After 15 minutes, you'll return to the parking lot where your driver awaits you. On the way back, stop for a break in Quiquijana where you'll taste delicious buffet lunch. Then, head back to Cusco where you'll be dropped off at the Plaza Regocijo, 2 blocks from Plaza de Armas.

Rainbow mountain Palccoyo one day - trekking

Rainbow mountain Palccoyo one day - trekking

Rainbow Mountain Tour Palccoyo 1 day Palccoyo Mountain Day Tour Itinerary: Before 5:00 am: Pickup at your hotel or Airbnb (pickup time will depend on your location). 5:00-7:00 am: Transfer by bus from Cusco to the town of Checacupe (3400 meters above sea level). 7:00-7:30 am: Breakfast near Checacupe. 7:30-10:00 am: Bus transfer from Checacupe to the community of Palcoyo. 10:00-11:00 am: 1-hour walk from the community of Palcoyo to the Palcoyo mountain (4900 m.s.n.m ). 11:00 am-1:00 pm: Free time to enjoy the colorful mountains of Palccoyo and learn about them with the guide. 1:00-1:10 pm: 10-minute walk from the Palcoyo mountain to the Forest of Colorful Stones (4900 m.s.n.m). 1:10-1:50 pm: Free time to enjoy the Forest of Colorful Stones. 1:50-2:30 pm: Return on foot to the community of Palcoyo. 2:30-3:00 pm: Semi-buffet lunch in Cusipata. 3:00-6:30 pm: Bus transfer from Cusipata to Cusco. 5:40 pm: End of the tour in Cusco, the transport leaves one block from the main square. minimum 1 day of acclimatization Note: in case of booking for the same day, check availability beforehand.

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full Day Trek with Meals

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full Day Trek with Meals

Depart Cusco and get back to nature on a vigorous approximately 6-kilometer hike in the Andes. Experience the majestic beauty of the Rainbow Mountains as you trek in the foothills of Mount Ausangate. Keep a look out for native wildlife, such as the mighty condor - the largest bird in the world - pumas and different types of camelids. Learn more about the extraordinary geology and the flora and fauna of Peru from your knowledgeable guide. Soak up the stunning views before you return to Cusco for a refreshing cold chicha drink (a fermented or non-fermented beverage usually derived from maize).

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What people are saying about Rainbow Mountain

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Rainbow mountain is beautiful of course as all the photos suggest but the views on the drive there are even more surreal and it’s worth that alone I may dare say! Robinson, our tour guide, was organized and provided information as and when was necessary. He organized the group well around meals and went over and beyond to ensure everyone was safe and comfortable on the trip. We would highly recommend his services to anyone seeking to visit Rainbow mountain.

The trip began promptly and allowed us time to rest before/after with good breakfast/lunch breaks before/after also. The day is 12 hours with 8 hours of driving but it was definitley worth it! The driver was good & the guide was approachable, friendly & funny!

it was amazing. being able to reach 5036 m altitude is a dream come true. The guide gave us time to discover the place in our own rhythm.

It was SO nice to access the mountain before rush hour. You won’t regret waking up early. Highly recommend.

It’s a long day, but it was so fun, and worth the effort to get there.