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Rainbow Mountain in One Day from Cusco

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Rainbow Mountain in One Day from Cusco

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 5 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Travel for a few hours from Cusco through the rugged mountain countryside of Peru to reach the aptly named Rainbow Mountain, striped with colorful mineral deposits and located far off the beaten path. Hike with a guide to the summit for a once-in-a-lifetime wilderness adventure, or rent a horse (own expense) for easier access to the same incredible views.
  • Trek to the summit of Rainbow Mountain with a guide
  • Drive through the countryside of Peru, far from the beaten path
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Hotel pickup included, and drop-off in central Cusco
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Transportation
Breakfast and lunch
Professional multi-lingual guide (English and Spanish)
Hotel pick up
First Aid Kit
Oxygen
Horses (but you can rent directly at the first town)
Drinks
Entrance Ticket TO the Rainbow Mountain (10 Soles)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Exact pick up time will be provided 48 hours before travel date.

Begin your day with an early morning pickup from your hotel. Drive through Peru’s rugged mountain landscape until reaching the town of Quessiuno, to eat breakfast before starting your hike.

Trek uphill, taking in the colorful views of the Rainbow Mountains. Learn about the local flora and fauna from your guide as you go.

Once reaching the peak of the mountain, take time to enjoy the view of the mountain and the snow-capped Ausangate beyond. Then, make your way downhill and eat a leisurely lunch back in town.

Return to Cusco where you get dropped off at the Regocijo Square, one block from Cusco’s central plaza.

Please note: This tour is recommended for those in strong physical shape who have acclimated to the altitude. It is also possible to rent a horse (own expense) if you don’t wish to hike.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Plaza Regocijo (Kusipata)
Plaza regocijo or "Cusipata" is the place where we will end or tour, is located only 1 block away from main square.
Stop At:  
Montana de Siete Colores
Montaña de 7 Colores or Rainbow Mountain is the main attraction of this activity, we will take a 2 hours hike to arrive to the rainbow mountain and spend around 1 hour exploring and taking some pictures on this beautiful landscape.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Rainbow Mountain Cusco
Montaña de 7 Colores or Rainbow Mountain is the main attraction of this activity, we will take a 2 hours hike to arrive to the rainbow mountain and spend around 1 hour exploring and taking some pictures on this beautiful landscape.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Cerro Colorado Vinicunca
Vinicunca, Montaña de 7 Colores or Rainbow Mountain is the main attraction of this activity, we will take a 2 hours hike to arrive to the rainbow mountain and spend around 1 hour exploring and taking some pictures on this beautiful landscape.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Cusipata
This is an small town where we will stop for take the breakfast on the morning before 2 hours of bus ride from Cusco to Cusipata. Also is the place for the lunch on the afternoon.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for people over 55 years of age
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • A strenuous amount of walking is involved
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
  • Since this activity is a group tour, we will pick up the first person at 3:40 and the last one at 4:20, please be ready at the lobby of your hotel at 3:40 am and our guide has time to pass for you until 4:20 am.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rainbow Mountain Cusco
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the pick up location?
A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
Q:
What do we need to wear?
A:Please bring a rain jacket, hiking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, warm clothes and gloves.
Jul 2019
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Rainbow Mountain in One Day from Cusco?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Rainbow Mountain in One Day from Cusco.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Rainbow Mountain in One Day from Cusco?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Rainbow Mountain in One Day from Cusco.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Rainbow Mountain in One Day from Cusco?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Rainbow Mountain in One Day from Cusco.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Rainbow Mountain in One Day from Cusco?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Rainbow Mountain in One Day from Cusco.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Wear layers as it can get cold but also hot from all the hiking This hike is not easy, take the horse if you have any doubts, they’re available both ways." See review
  • "Tips: bring toilet paper since banios run out, you must bring your own water, bring your passport to get it stamped at top, bring a "baggy" in case you lose your stomach contents during the drive (which I did descending)." See review

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star-5
Amazing
florion_p
, Nov 2021
Testing our limit to high altitude and made it… it was hard but did it … thanks to our tour guide Miguel who made it happen and the birthday cake for my wife at the end…..
star-5
Don't be scared, do it!
TerriAnn_M
, Nov 2021
Awesome tour! Tour guide Antony was the best. Meals provided were delicious. I'm no hiker, so I took the option at the start of the hike to ride the horse for S/90 roundtrip. I was the only one to take that option out of my group. I know my limits and I know when to stay in my lane. It was the best travel activity investment EVER! I had no oxygen/illness issues whatsoever and I'm not the most fit nor am I in the best shape as I'm a mom to a toddler and haven't gone back to my pre-pregnancy weight as yet. It was a little challenging climb after the horse ride, but I paced myself and took lots of breaks. Don't forget to bring your passport and get it stamped for S/2. Someone was also selling food up there - pork and potatoes, choco tea, juices and water. You can opt to go to the extreme top, which is STEEPER than the bottom stop, but I opted to stay in my lane and still got some great pictures. Oh and the views along the way is amazing - snow capped mountains and lots of llamas and alpacas.
star-5
Great experience, well...
helen_d
, Oct 2021
Great experience, well worth the money, nice tour lead, impressive view of rainbow mountain would recommend
star-4
Rainbow adventure
BillieHolmes
, Oct 2021
This hike is BRUTAL. TAKE THE HORSE. TAKE ALTITUDE MEDICINE THE DAY BEFORE! DO NOT DO NOT ATTEMPT ON YOUR FIRST DAY IN CUCSO. Also beautiful view, excellent host, and bucket list worthy. It was an experience and may the Gods take pity on your precious lungs.
star-5
A breathless hike with a beautiful view!
Jessica_D
, Aug 2021
The elevation is no joke! My dad and I actually took the horses on the way up (best decision we ever made and we’ll worth 60 sols). We hiked the whole way down which was about an hour walk back. TAKE YOUR TIME and go slow. The view was amazing and worth it. Our tour guide was awesome as well which made the experience that much better.
star-5
Worth it!
Alexis_R
, Aug 2021
Alfredo was an amazing tour guide! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. Make sure you try to adjust to the altitude first!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful experience!
Julie_G
, Aug 2021
This was a wonderful experience! We were picked up from our door right on time at 4:10a, and brought to a lovely little restaurant in the mountains for a breakfast with lots of fresh fruit. After breakfast, we hiked up to rainbow mountain. The hike was difficult due to the high elevation but the surrounding landscape was just beautiful! This was our first tour in Cusco and if we were to do it again we’d wait until the end of our trip when we were more adjusted to the altitude. But we made it and the guides were so supportive!
star-4
Great experience
Eric_S
, Jul 2021
Pickup went great, food for breakfast and lunch was a buffet, large choice of food. Transportation a little tough but besides that everything went well. Little side note ; they don’t drop you at your hotel just at the main square
star-5
Amazing hike!
Kirsten_D
, Jun 2021
Pick up from my hotel went smooth and was at the time they said. You drive about 1.5 hours then have breakfast which was nice and then drive another 2 hours to get to rainbow mountain. The hike is hard so if you’re not in great shape it will be a challenge when you get to the steep parts, but the views from the top are worth it. Tour guides were great they helped people who got sick from the altitude and even carried their bags for them! Would 10/10 recommend this tour group!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Rainbow mountain tour
keita_s
, May 2021
The rainbow mountain was as colorful as you see it in the pictures. Due to some local issues that is beyond the control of the tour operator, we had to drive a little longer but hiked shorter. The guide said about an hour but it only took us 35-40 min. It’s an easy walk up if you are acclimatized. The drive is rather long at 3h each way. I would NOT recommend this trip if you get car sick. Otherwise the operation was smooth and well ran. It seems that all of the tour vehicles stopped at the exact same restaurant for breakfast lunch, so don’t spend a ton on this tour - they’re probably all the same.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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