Day trip

Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

Activity provider: Peru Selected Trips

Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

Activity provider: Peru Selected Trips

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.

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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.


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

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.

  • 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

  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • This activity is not recommended for people who suffer heart disease or who are not used to walking uphill for a long period of time
  • The road has a lot of turns so it is recommended for guests with motion sickness to take medication
  • Meals have a vegetarian option available
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 589 reviews

Review summary

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Customer service was non responsive but the trip itself could not have gone any better! I highly recommend this trip as it was beautiful and then I also added on to see the Red Valley which was stunning. Many of the people in my group really struggled with the elevation so be aware of this.

November 26, 2022

Great trip with a great guide! Would definitely recommend this to others. We had about 4 hours once we were at the mountain to go our own pace / choose our own route after we got to the rainbow mountain summit. Breakfast and lunch were good, too. Be sure to hydrate because the altitude is no joke!

November 22, 2022

Well organized trip for a great price-value ratio. The pickup was accurate, the driving was smooth. The breakfast and the lunch is also included, however these were quite basic, but enough and delicious. After pickup there is an approx. 2 hours drive to reach the restaurant, after it there is an other hour to reach the parking lot which is at 4640m. From there you have to do a 3.85km long trek with 340m altitude. The final altitude is 5036m. During the trek the whole landscape was amazing. The rainbow mountain is spectacular and impressive. Drink some water every 10 mins and do zig-zag at the uphill it helps a lot! For us it took 75 mins to reach the top. Our recommendation is to give some time in Cusco to yourself in order to acclimatize (at least 2-3 days). The guide was well informed and straightforward, the driver was truly professional. We reached Cusco by 15:00. It is a must see tour if you are in Cusco!

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November 5, 2022

Product ID: 210717