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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
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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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.

Departure Time

3:40 AM
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 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 policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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
See all safety measures taken by Rainbow Mountain in One Day from Cusco.
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

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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

Reviews

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star-5
Amazing feat, challeneging hike, jaw dropping scenery
Tomso1o
, Jan 2021
This was a truly memorable hike!! It actually was the cap of my entire trip. If you only have time to do hike this moutain, and not Machu Picchu, you won't be disappointed. I would recommend everyone to take their time getting to the top, and equally as much, take even more to make your way down and admire the beauty of the surroudning mountains, valleys, alpaca's, etc. Words, nor pictures can do this place justice. Don't allow the negative reviews about the mountain or guides deter you. Invidually, this is an amazing feat at such high altitude. For someone who traisn year-round at non-high altitudes, I found this challenging, but was the first in my group of 8 to reach the summit, given that our guide wanted to go back and help others (which is why I give them so much credit, asd they trek this moutain almost 3-4 times a week).
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star-5
Rainbow Mountain hike
shrolhei
, Jan 2020
Arduous walk up the mountain but worth it. Excellent tour and meals! The guide spoke in a nice and clear way in Spanish and English.
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star-5
Rainbow mountain Jan 2020
amabiliamartinez
, Jan 2020
This was an AMAZING experience. The views are well worth the hike but be prepared to HATE the last 500 meters up. The oxygen is thin, the horses (60soles) take you as far as they can but it’s still a hike. Tips: bring your passport to get stamped at the top (2soles) They sell corn, llama, and pictures with llamas at the top. Oxygen is only provided in case of emergency Bring small bills or change to buy water or snacks along the way or to use the restrooms. 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. The guide was great but this is primarily an independent hike. As our guide said. Attitude over altitude!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear: 663kasiak The rainbow mountain hike is challenging, that is true, but definitly it worths, The views are amazing. If you feel that the hike is very hard, there is the option to rent horses, even that we do not rent them as a company, our guides can help to find a good horse for you, the price is 60 soles one way and 90 soles a round trip, about the attitude, yes, there is very important. While you hike, you have to Know that at the end you will have one of the most amazing views of the world !. HOpe to see you again some day. Your Team from "Rainbow Mountain Cusco" & "Andina Expeditions" The Original Local tour operators to the rainbow Mountain since 2014.
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star-5
Awesome place to visit but the tour company we had was not good at all.
Izak K
, Jan 2020
We enjoyed the track and the sites but the guides and tour organizer was bad and I would never recommend them to any one.
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star-4
Rough ride, but great experience
Lfhhi
, Dec 2019
Wonderful experience, but be aware the journey can be rough from the start with 3:40am pickup, a rough windy drive up the mountain, 2 hour wait till breakfast, followed by another rough ride, hard hike (especially incline at the last hundred meters). I did take a horse up, but note they do not take you the last leg as it's too hard on them. After you descend, you will get lunch but now it's about 6 hours after a strenuous work out. 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). History: sadly we've only come to know about the Rainbow Mountains due to excess glacial melts in the last 5+ years. Very sad...
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear: Lfhhi Thanks so much for your review, The rainbow mountain is one ofthe mother nature gems, unfortunatly came out because of global warming, then the place is new and peruvian goverment is trying to make better the roads, the services and others, it is a very slow work but going! We provide and small bottle of water but it is recomendable to bring some extra, and if you want the stamp, bring your passport ! Your Team from "Rainbow Mountain Cusco" & "Andina Expeditions" The Original Local tour operators to the rainbow Mountain since 2014.
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star-5
Fun trip
Explorer25729707665
, Nov 2019
Thank you for the trip and fun. It was a truly amazing trip Sam and other guys are very enthusiastic and funny. Tour accomplished every single term offered! Nice breakfast and lunch. Amazing hiking. You don’t need anything accept you yourself and your will to be at the top. the rest is provided by the tour. It’s price worth too! Thanks for the tour! Do not forget your passport to stamp it !!! The only thing is a quite a long drive way... but worth for beauty.
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star-2
Great place but very bad driver
bruno c
, Aug 2019
We experienced the tour in august, our guide was a really nice guy who could speak also in english and italian, and was very kind with us during all the day. The tour is very challenging: more than 8 hours of drive to go and come back, just to stay 2 hours at the mountain.. i don't know if it is worth, even because trekking at 5000m above sea level is really difficult (and i am a very experienced trekker). The main problem was our driver, who was completely crazy: during the road to the rainbow mountain we risked the life several times, he was running like hell, we even got a flat tire due to his crazy way of taking the turns.. and although we all asked to slow down he did non care, we were really disappointed and this ruined all the tour and the atmosphere.. i would suggest to the organization to fire him immediately, they cannot put 15 lives at risk with such unexperienced person!
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star-3
Great to visit; average service
Sightseer15833114277
, Jul 2019
One go must stop to see the beauty of Mother Nature. Tour starts with an early morning pickup (around 4am); breakfast/lunch stop is the same, very chilly inside in the morning and hot during lunch. Guide is attentive while you are on the trek, but 0 communication while in transit (watch soccer game and chat with driver the entire time)
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star-4
Worth doing
Marina C
, May 2019
Driver was on time(early actually) the guide spoke good English and the mountain itself was beautiful. Definitely a must do in my opinion. The only downside was the food was lacking..I’d pack a sandwhich and some snacks if i was to do it again!
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star-4
Good experience, physically challenge and great panoramic views on the way.
Karen C
, Mar 2019
Recoomendation for improvements. You may want to have pick up sites in stead of picking up hotel by hotel. The place where to eat hygiene in the kitchen needs to be improve. Add 5 lr 8 more dollars and upgrade the restaueant please. I understand this is a new tour. Despite of my recomndatios, i will do this trip again.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2019
Ms. Karen: The views are amazing for sure, the day you went we were having a great weather, then is one of the most important factors for our trip. yes, the destination is New, the services are still basic, but we are working on that and will have nice surprices for our custommers. Thanks so much for your review, we are working on a new restaurant, we will open it in august, thanks so much for your recomendation.
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