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Rainbow Mountain Cusco Hike

  • Rainbow Mountain Cusco Hike
  • Rainbow Mountain Cusco Hike
Rainbow Mountain, Cusco
1 day

Rainbow Mountain Cusco Hike

Vinicunca Mountain, also known as Rainbow Mountain, has a natural color palate that is hard to find anywhere else on Earth. Experience one of Peru’s most striking geological features during this full-day journey as you challenge yourself on a hard hike with incredibly rewarding views along the way.
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Rainbow Mountain Cusco Hike


Rainbow Mountain Cusco Hike

Rainbow Mountain  Cusco Hike–Vinicunca Mountain, also known as Rainbow Mountain, has a natural color palate that is hard to find anywhere else on Earth. Experience one of Peru’s most striking geological features during this full-day journey as you challenge yourself on a hard hike with incredibly rewarding views along the way.

Travel through an undiscovered land of wild highland desert landscapes, snow-capped peaks, herds of alpaca & llama, and embrace the ultimate destination- The colored hills hidden deep in the Andes. The colorful arenaceous rock mountains within the Vinicunca space is perhaps the best factor you’ll see in Peru. Join us!.

Duration: Full Day

Physical Rating: 4 – Moderate, Strenuous – some high altitude hikes  – depending on your fitness level. Full-day hikes (6-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many hikes. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 13,500 feet are in this category

Service Level: Upgraded

Group Size: Small Private Group. Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 08, Avg 04.

Trip Extension: Yes, You can include a tour to Machu Picchu through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and Amazon Jungle. We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels, and destinations. Call us at +51 984 464 391 or request a quote at


We’ll pick you up at 3:00 am from your hotel in Cusco. It is about a 3.5-hour trip on our private transport to Pitumarca (14,104 feet), the start point of the trail. At trail-head of this hike, we are going to have a nutritious breakfast to make us ready for the great adventure. We’ll start hiking through the trail that winds up to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain (16,498 feet), for about four hours. Along the way, you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley. We’ll have horses each of us on the trail, anytime you can use them, riding or uploading your personal items, that way to make the trip enjoyable, less-tiring, and unforgettable.

Once our arrival at the top of what we came to see Rainbow Mountain, we’ll have enough time to shoot amazing photos and relax on the top majesty area views. We’ll be in the Vilcanota Range, with amazing mountains going in different directions, and all mountains that surround this area are red and there are amazing views of the highland valleys and the snow-capped Ausangate right in front of you. Ausangate mountain is the highest peak in the Cusco region (with 20,937 feet) and is part of the Vilcanota Range.

Whilst enjoying this impressive colorful mountain views, our staff will bring us some hot drinks like “Coca tea” while delivering information with you about the origin and composition of these incredible mountains and how they became striated in the rainbows of colors you are seeing. After having a great time here, we’ll take our steps down to our picnic lunch spot to have delicious, freshly prepared meals in our cozy tents. We then continue hiking back to start point of the trail to take our private transport back to Cusco, getting our hotel at about 7:00 pm. All meals included.

What’s included

Private transport.

– Entrance fee to the park.

– Roomy dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.

– Tour Leader.

– Muleteers.

– Horses for our gears, and riding horses for each participant.

– First-Aid Kits, Oxygen tank.

– Picnic lunch, and snacks, with an option for vegetarians, gluten-free, lactose-free.

– A professional Quechua chef who grew up in the countryside and personal staff to make the equipment ready.

– Outdoor toilet tents with chemical toilets at our picnic sites.

What’s Not Included

 – Hiking poles, you might get them rented from us US$5 per day a pair of poles, Black Diamond or Leki brand.

– Extra expenditure during the trek, such as soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks.

– Tipping.

– Travel Insurance.

– Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.

– International or internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).


Picnic Sites

 We make hiking and camping in the Andes as comfortable as it can get! On the trail, you are accompanied by our experienced team of trek Leaders, and all your gear is carried for you, leaving you free to hike with just a light daypack to hold your camera, water bottle, jacket, etc. Our picnic amenities include a dining tent with a dining table, chairs with backs, camp meals prepared by our highly trained staff, toilet tents with chemical toilets. Our camp crew takes care of all camp chores, including with beautiful picnic lunch each day at a scenic spot along the trail.


From USD 150.00 Per Person.

 Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.

To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip.

 Trip Payment Schedule.

A the time of reservation: 30% of total balance.

– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 70% of final balance must be paid fully.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.

– Minimum fee (hike permit fee): $40 per person

– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost

– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost

– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost.

Tour Leaders

A professional Machu Picchu Travel Company Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, local language, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.


Make the most of Peru’s natural beauty with outdoor picnics on each adventure tour, and Discover the delights of Peruvian cuisine in each tour destinations and outdoor tours. So food is awesome!

Our chefs are to Food what Leonardo da Vinci is to Art, so we rely on really experienced Quechua chefs who were trained and chosen to make this food in the mountains, and they are our stars.

You’ll be surprised and delighted at the variety and quality of our on-the-trail cuisine, a blend of freshly made Peruvian & Fusion dishes with vegetarian options. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in our enclosed dining tent, complete with table and chairs. As you start the day’s hike, we provide tasty trail snacks including fresh fruit and chocolate.

Lunches consist of a wide variety of dishes, depending on the day, including delicious roast guinea pig (a local delicacy dish), beef, chicken, fish, pasta salads, soup, casseroles, and other offerings, or surprises with appetizers and delicious desserts. They are served at a comfortable and scenic spot along the trail where our staff has set up tables and chairs, and quite often an open tent for shade. At each lunch stop, we set up our own private toilet tent and chemical toilet for minimal impact on the environment.

Trip Details

This trip is Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous. Most hiking is between 8,000 and 12,000 feet. The maximum elevation we reach is 16,498 feet. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category. Some trips with minimal hiking but rugged travel conditions or long drives, such as Journey to Salkantay, and Ausangate, are Trip Level 4. Trails can be rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in your country. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. Our group will spread out along the trail during the hiking time for about 6 hours. On the trail, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the trail, such as a water bottle and a jacket. Our team of Quechua porters carries all your other gear from camp to camp.

A Typical Trekking Day. Hiking distances on trek are normally measured in hours, not miles since maps aren’t really accurate enough to assess how far we walk up and down on winding mountain trails. With rest stops and photo stops, few people walk faster than one mile an hour in a mountainous region.

 Trip Checklist.

– Original passport and some copies.

– Travel insurance (and some copies).

– Backpack to carry your things.

– Phone, power bank battery, camera charger and adapter.

– Camera.

– Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).

– Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).

– Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.

– Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.

– Sunblock and sunglasses.

– Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.

– Hiking trousers.

– Hiking socks.

– Water bottle or canteen.

– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.

– Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves.

– Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.

– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).

– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

– For more info you can visit Gear Lexicon 

When to Go

The day hikes can be hiked all year round except in late January and February, the rainiest months when the trail is blocked and damaged sometimes by the rainfall. The trail reopens in March and April when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December is considered shoulder season when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the highlands of Peru are a temperate desert and it is not uncommon for it not to rain for weeks at a time even in the height of the rainy season. This is also the time with the fewest hikers on the trail, more flowers in bloom, and fewer tourists at Machu Picchu as well as in Cusco. Temperatures in the Cusco-Machu Picchu region range from the high 60s in the daytime to the low 40s at night, with some variation depending on the time of year you go.

Hike Training

Preparing For Your Trek

The day hikes are mostly off the beaten paths and sometimes bridle paths. Trails go up and down across green mountains, valleys, plains, and sometimes crossing high-altitude passes. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed because we always have a staff member hiking in the lead as well as one behind with the slowest hiker in our group if there are 7 participants in the group. Any fit, experienced hiker will enjoy this hike, but we recommend you make an extra effort to prepare by engaging in regular exercise well beyond your normal routine. To accelerate your conditioning, try walking faster than 1.5 miles per hour, walking on steeper inclines, using your gym’s stair-climbing machines, or going on long hikes (also a good way to break in your boots). Please be aware that there are a few sections of long, steep stone staircases, so we do suggest hiking poles to protect your knees. The trek takes place at altitudes between 14,104 feet and 16,498 feet.

What To Pack. Keep in mind that it’s a day hike, and you will find it is not that challenging since all you really need are the following: comfortable hiking clothes, with additional warm layers, good hiking boots, hiking poles, and personal toiletries (we provide a detailed clothing list). On the tour, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the excursion, such as a water bottle, camera, and a jacket. Our extra gears are left in our van.