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Rainbow Mountain Hike
Activities in Cuzco

Rainbow Mountain Hike

  • English and Spanish
  • 15 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 first thing in the morning. Leaving Cusco behind at around 5 am, you'll set off to the south east, in the direction of AusangatePeru's fifth tallest mountain.

Passing through the picturesque Andean towns of Urcos and Checacupe, you'll reach Pitumarca, where you'll make a stop for breakfast to build up energy for the day.

You'll then head to the departure point for the hike, located in the foothills of snow-covered Ausangate, ready to embark on your adventure. For around two and a half hours, you'll trek between mysterious mountains, meeting Andean animals like alpacas, sheep and vicuñas along the way.

Your climb will take you to the lofty altitudes of approximately 5200 metres (16,400 feet) 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 40 minutes of free time 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. 

Around halfway through the return journey, you'll enjoy a well-deserved break and a delicious buffet lunch in a local restaurant in Pitumarca, before continuing to Cusco. You'll be dropped off in Plaza de Regocijo at around 7 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.
  • The tour is carried out at high altitudes, reach approximately 5200 metres (16,400 feet) above sea level. While the hike is relatively flat with small hills, it lasts around three hours 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 39 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).
  • On the day of the tour you will have to sign a disclaimer waiving the company's responsibility.

Price

Per person (over 11 years old)
US$ 43.75
  • Per person (over 11 years old)

    US$ 43.8

More Information

Duration

15 hours.

Language

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

Included

Pick up from hotel and drop off in central Cusco.

Breakfast and buffet lunch (includes vegetarian options).

English speaking guide.

Waterproof jackets.

Emergency oxygen and first aid kit.

Not included

Horse ride (approx. 39 USD).

When to book?

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

You can book up to 3 days before (Cuzco local time) if there are still places available.

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 - 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$ 43.75
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 3 days before

Cancellations

Free! Free cancellation up to 3 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

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