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Rainbow Mountain in One Day from Cusco

Cusco, Peru
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15 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 1 more


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.
  • Full-day trip to Rainbow Mountain from Cusco
  • 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
Begin your day with an early morning pickup from your hotel. Drive through Peru’s rugged mountain landscape for a few hours until reaching the town of Quessiuno, where you will eat breakfast before starting your hike.

Trek uphill for roughly three to four hours, 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 will get dropped off at the Regocijo Square, one block from Cusco’s central plaza.

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.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the pick up location?
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
What do we need to wear?
Please bring a rain jacket, hiking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, warm clothes and gloves.
Jul 2019

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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!
Great to visit; average service
, 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)
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!
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.
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.
There are better and cheaper deals around
, Jan 2019
After being picked up from the hotel I was left for 5 minutes ? Which turned out to be 35 minutes. They were waiting for the people already picked up? The organisation was poor I had to walk to the small bus full of people with 3 or more groups! Driver was driving super fast and at times the drive was dangerous! We stopped for breakfast and on our way back for the lunch. My stomach was upset the same evening? The English guide did not stay with the group. Some other people walked back through the Red Valley who did NOT PAY FOR THAT. The guide told me to go to the bus without even telling me that I could walk back through the Red Valley. He just abruptly said I didn't pay for that. There are other tours not charming that much so pick wisely!
The Tour price is worth with...
, Jun 2018
The Tour price is worth with breakfast and lunch with nice tour guides. I suggest if you feel you are going to struggle, better get a horse from the start which is 70 soles. The trek is easy but the altitude will make you suffer a lot. The drop off is in one place which is ok, a walking distance from may hotel.
Rainbow mountain is definitely worth...
, Apr 2018
Rainbow mountain is definitely worth seeing, but go with a different tour company. You will pay less for another tour and have a better experience. If you wait to book through your hotel/hostel once you're there, you'll get a much better price. Really all you need from this tour is transportation and a tour guide that will let you hike at your own pace. You can hire a horse once you're there for about 20 USD to almost the top. The breakfast and lunch provided were low quality and left us hungry. I've had other local food around Cusco, and this was worse than other places I've eaten. The transportation was in a medium sized bus, 3.5 hours each way. The driver stopped multiple times to pick up random hitchhikers from the side of the road. This made many of the riders feel unsafe, and continually woke people up with stops and starts, and everyone was trying to sleep as the tour starts at 3-4 am. The tour guide was the worst part. He was very rude and mocked us for walking too slowly, even though we were keeping a reasonable pace and are both in good shape. If we tried to stop to catch our breath because the altitude is very high, be warned, he would mock us and rush us to continue, not allowing us to take a break on this long and strenuous hike. When we arrived, he wouldn't let us sit down to enjoy the views, we had to continue walking around. We were only at the top for a few minutes, when he came up to us and told us we had to leave immediately, because we were last and everyone else had already left. We rushed to the bottom and had to wait for 30 minutes because he had lied to us, and we were actually first to leave the top. I wish we could have spent that time enjoying the views and taken our time with the hike. Other people in the group said this happened to them as well. Rainbow mountain is truly incredible, just go with a different company.
Our voucher stated we will be picked...
, Apr 2018
Our voucher stated we will be picked up at 3:50 am but I received an email the day before our tour stating we would be picked up at 4:50 am instead. The tour company did pick us up and dropped us off at a meeting point, their seemed to be confusion as to how many people were suppose to be on the tour, this delayed our start which was kind of annoying. It is a long drive to Rainbow Mountain 3 hours total from Cuzco, they do provide breakfast and lunch which was pretty good. The hike itself was brutal, if you are not physically in shape I would not recommend it. They do have horses on the mountain that you can take, if you are not able to complete the hike but at a cost. The scenic views on this hike are breathtaking. Be aware the pictures on the internet of Rainbow Mountain are very vibrant once you see it in person it isn't so, it's still worth seeing because it is beautiful. At the end of our tour our voucher stated we would be dropped off at our hotel, this was not the case they stated they would drop us off at the meeting point. They happened to drive by my hotel which at that point I got off. Overall with all the issues I would recommend this tour.
The tour started with a pick up one...
Arnar S
, Feb 2018
The tour started with a pick up one time. The transportation was excellent in a relatively new vehichles with necessary safety measures. It came as a surprise that the dropout was not the point od departure. It culd have been rather unconvenient for those travellers not knowing the town. The walk from the parking lot to the Rainbow Mountwin Ridge took approximately two hours. It was snowing up there. The walk up to the 5000 m altitude was rather strenous, even for an experienced hiker in much lower altitude. And it was very, very cold. Even those who rode either back or forth were exhausted. The sceenery was well worth the journey. The photoshopped advertisements do of course not reflect actual reality. The breakfast was decent, the lunch very good. The guide was assisted by English-Spanish speaking members of the group. Both guide and driver presented a pleasant demanour. A good tour.
Very long , only for fit people . I...
Jaroslaw M
, Nov 2017
Very long , only for fit people . I have seen many people fadeing and being sick , its over 5000 m high . Afte4 the mountain some people are walking to the red valley , we had to wait for them in the bus additional 2h , so please make sure you doing right thing before booking ps very dangerous drive on the clifs on the top of the mountains

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