Full Day Rainbow Mountain Tour From Cusco

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Full Day Rainbow Mountain Tour From Cusco
Experience the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain Tour from Cusco, one of the must-see attractions in the city. In fact, it ranks second only to Machu Picchu in popularity, attracting over 800 visitors daily.
This multi-colored mountain is part of the Ausangate Mountain range in the Peruvian Andes and was once covered in snow. It gained international recognition in 2016 when the colors became visible as the snow melted. The mountain’s unique beauty has made it a popular tourist destination ever since.
While another Rainbow Mountain (Palccoyo) has been discovered in Cusco, this one is less well-known and attracts fewer visitors, offering a more authentic and unspoiled experience for those seeking it since you can expect not encountering other groups.
The trek offers stunning views of the majestic Ausangate Peak, which is considered a sacred mountain by locals and a prime natural entity. On a clear day, it dominates the southern skyline of Cusco and stands at an impressive 6,384 meters above sea level, the highest mountain in the region.


Many remote communities are nestled at the foot of the mountain, untouched by modern civilization. Their primary source of income is through traditional farming and grazing practices.

The Full Day Rainbow Mountain Tour from Cusco offers a unique opportunity to experience their age-old customs and way of life.

Peru Jungle Trips is a locally-owned tour operator in Cusco, with certified guides who are intimately familiar with the history and culture of the region. They are also trained in essential first aid and oxygen use, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.

We offer the Full Day Rainbow Mountain Tour from Cusco in both group and private tour formats.

Please contact us for more information.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer 

Departure Time

04:45 AM

Price Includes

  • Transport
  • Bi-lingual Guide
  • First Aid Kit
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Oxygen Cans

Price Excludes

  • Entrance Fees (10 Soles)
  • Mules
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Guide Gratuity (Optional)

Things To Carry

  • Daypack to carry your things
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
What to Expect
  • 04:00 - 04:30 Pick up from your hotel or hostel
  • 04:30 - 07:30 Start the tour and then stop for Breakfast in Quesinouno community
  • 07:30 - 16:00 Hiking up to the Rainbow Mountain
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Return to Cusco

Rainbow Mountain Tour

We will begin the Full Day Rainbow Mountain Tour from Cusco by picking you up from your hotel at 0400 AM. Then in our private transport, we will be embarking on a journey through the South Valley of Cusco to Cusipata. Here we will be serving breakfast. 

After a typical local breakfast, we will be driving you to the trail head. We will be stopping at a control point before reaching the trail head. Once at the trailhead, our guide will brief you on the safety measures to trek to Rainbow Mountain. 

A tourists hikes the Rainbow Mountain route

The two and a half hour trek to the summit begins, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Due to the high altitude, we strongly advise spending at least three days in Cusco to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness.

During the trek, you’ll pass through picturesque high-altitude farms, where you’ll see llamas and alpacas grazing. If you’re not comfortable hiking, you can opt for a horseback ride for an additional fee around $30 USD.

Once at the summit, our guide will share the mountain’s significance to the local community. You’ll have ample time to soak in the captivating views, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can hike further to the red valley.

Vinicunca's entrance post sign indicates the 16400 feet altittude over the sea level

After you have fully enjoyed the stunning views of the Andes, we will begin our descent back to the trailhead. Following that, we will take you to a nearby restaurant for lunch. After lunch, we will return to Cusco, with an estimated arrival time of 6:30 PM.



Q: What is the elevation of Rainbow Mountain?

A: Rainbow Mountain is located at an elevation of 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) above sea level.


Q: What is the best time to go on the Rainbow Mountain tour?

A: The best time to go on the Rainbow Mountain tour is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During these months, the weather is generally clear and sunny, providing the best conditions for hiking.


Q: How difficult is the hike to Rainbow Mountain?

A: The hike to Rainbow Mountain is considered moderately difficult. The trail is steep and rocky in some places, and the altitude can be challenging, but the stunning views make it worth the effort.


Q: Are there any safety concerns on the Rainbow Mountain tour?

A: As with any high-altitude hike, there are potential safety concerns on the Rainbow Mountain tour. It is essential to acclimatize to the high altitude before attempting the hike and to be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. It is also important to follow the advice of your guide and to stay on the designated trail.

A picture of Vinicunca still covered by the common fog that forms during the early morning

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