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Rainbow Mountain Hike
Activities in Cuzco

Rainbow Mountain Hike

  • English and Spanish
  • 12 - 13 hours
  • Hotel pick up

Discover the spot where a rainbow fell out of the sky and melted into the Andean landscape on this guided hike of Vinicuna, the spectacularly beautiful Mountain of Seven Colours.

Rainbow Mountain Hike Itinerary

On the day of your hike, you'll be picked up from your hotel at 4 am and after travelling for two and a half hours we'll reach the district of Cusipata, where you'll be able to enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast so that you've got enough energy to hike up the Rainbow Mountain.

With your energy replenished, we'll head towards the Wasipata area. We'll arrive an hour later, and now we can start trekking! Alongside an expert guide, you'll trek between mysterious mountains, meeting Andean animals like alpacas, sheep and vicuñas along the way.

After an hour and a half, your climb will take you to the lofty altitudes of approximately 16,400 feet (5200 metres) above sea level, where you'll be met with unparalleled panoramic views of Vinicuna. This mountain is a true masterpiece of nature and geology, living up to its name as the Mountain of Seven Colours thanks to the different minerals present on its slopes and summits.

Enjoying around 50 minutes here to admire the spectacular natural stripes of Rainbow Mountain, you'll soon understand why National Geographic has put this spot on the list of 100 places to visit before you die!

Still captivated by the magic that shrouds this beautiful area of the Andes, you'll begin descending the mountain back to the original departure point. At least the climb down is easier than the climb up! After about another hour and a half hiking, we'll reach the minibus again.

Once on the minibus, we'll head to a nearby traditional restaurant where you'll enjoy a well-deserved break and a delicious buffet lunch. After lunch, we'll head back to Cusco, where we'll arrive at around 4:30 pm.

Important information

  • This route is of high difficulty. We recommend this activity for people with a good level of physical health and fitness only. People with heart conditions should not take part in this activity.
  • The tour is carried out at high altitudes, reach approximately 16,400 feet (5200 metres) above sea level. While the hike is relatively flat with small hills, it lasts around one hour and 40 minutes and the lack of oxygen is notable. We recommend spending a few days before the activity in Cusco to acclimatise.
  • This activity is not suitable for people under 11 years old.
  • On the day of the tour, you'll have the opportunity to hire a horse to ride (approximately 22 USD) to make your trek easier. However, once you reach the peak, you will have to complete part of the route on foot (around 15 minutes).

Price

Per person (over 11 years old)
US$ 36
  • Per person (over 11 years old)

    US$ 36

More Information

Duration

12 - 13 hours.

Language

This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) guided tour.

Included

Pick up from hotel and drop off in central Cusco.

Minibus transport.

Breakfast and buffet lunch.

English speaking guide.

Entrance to Rainbow Mountain.

Trekking poles.

Emergency oxygen and first aid kit.

Not included

Horse ride (approx. 75 PEN; 22 USD).

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Does this tour go to the Red Valley?

    A - No, this tour of the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) does not include a visit to the Red Valley.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

US$ 36
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

Cancellations

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

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