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Tour to Rainbow Mountain 1 Day

Cusco, Perú


1 Day

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people


English, Espanol

Tour Overview

If you are in good physical shape, this is an unmissable trek. Admire the incredible variety of different colors of the earth at 5100mts with this hike of high physical intensity.

Rainbow Mountain or “Vinicunca” is a majestic place and a gift of nature. It is located near Ausangate mountain in the Cusco region. It is still a fairly unknown spot for tourist, explored mainly only by local Andean people. Vinicunca is one of the most spectacular places in the Vilcanota Mountain Range because it preserves its natural color given by the eroded sedimentary rocks. This impressive rocks consists of seven colors, hence the name Rainbow mountain.

It is a full day hike at 4,400 meters (14,400 feet) above sea level, which leads along a dirt road between the peaks of green and red rocks. The beautiful route goes through local villages, built with stones next to glistening mountain streams. We recommend taking a few days to adjust to the altitude before trying this hike.

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  • Time: 04:00 am to 05:30 pm
  • Duration: 13 Hours
  • Cancellation and rescheduling policies: 48 Hours in advance
  • Weather: Subject to weather conditions (In case of suspension due to weather conditions, we will refund 100% of your payment)
  • Type of trip: Adventure, nature and culture
  • Type of journey: Hike through high mountains, farmhouses and local communities

Packages Itinerary

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The adventure begins very early at 4:30- 5:00am to drive to Chirihuani town, in Cusipata district south of Cusco, to start our walk. Along the way, we stop to buy some snacks, water or energy drinks, cereals, etc. Then, we continue through multicolored landscapes and diverse crops that lay between mysterious mountains, snow-capped peaks and deep valleys and admire cute Andean animals such as llamas, alpacas, sheep and vicunas. At 7:30am, we arrive at the picturesque town of Chirihuani, where our cook will serve us a delicious breakfast.

Then, we return to our minibus to the starting point of our tour. We will climb for 1.5 hours until the slopes of the Red Valley, the access point to the mystical Vinicunca. Next, follow the path through the mountainous landscape that gradually changes its intense colors, while small streams of frozen water nurture and give life to the valley. The top of the mysterious Rainbow mountain (or Vinicunca) is above 5,200 meters. This is the perfect spot to take photos and videos. In addition, we will have refreshments to enjoy on the summit of this magical place enclosed behind a veil of clouds and snowy peaks.

A well-deserved delicious lunch prepared by our chef will be waiting for us back at Chirihuani. After that, we board our minibus and return to Cusco at around 5pm. The tour ends in the center of City

Tour Included/Excluded

  • Professional guide
  • Tourist transport
  • Entrance ticket to the Mountain
  • Breakfast in the town of Chilca
  • Box Lunch
  • Entrance ticket to the mountain area (S/ 10.00)
  • Riding horses (S/ 70.00 round trip)
  • Tips for the horsemen, cook and guide

What to take on the tour

What to take for the Rainbow mountain tour

  • Trekking Shoes/ Boots- We recommend wearing shock absorbing, non- slip hiking shoes with a mesh, that offer good support, so that you can solely focus on the beautiful scenery of the hike. Shoes should also be waterproof and have a tongue and ankles that provide comfort and protection. A rubber sole is also recommended for impact reduction.
  • Small backpack- To carry personal items during daily trips when large luggage is not necessary.
  • Jacket- It should be light, waterproof, windproof, specially designed for hiking and preferably bright colored to make you visible from afar.
  • Trekking pants- Waterproof convertible pants/ shorts with lots of pockets are the best to make you feel warm or fresh during the change of weather that we might experience throughout the walk.
  • Hiking poles- allows you to walk with ease and support you every step of the way. They must be light, compact, preferably made of aluminum alloy and have an anti-shock system to support your wrists.
  • Warm clothes- Such as a fleece jacket or an alpaca sweaters.
  • Hat or cap- As protection against the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sunglasses (Very important)!
  • Sun cream or sunscreen.
  • After-sun cream or moisturizer.
  • KN95 face mask
  • Face shield


Price of the 1 day tour to Rainbow Mountain

  • From January 1 to December 31, 2021:
PRICE PER PERSON- Maximum of 8 people
Price per person, Full day to Rainbow mountain S/ 120.00

* Price for school and university students


  • Not suitable for people with altitude sickness.
  • Not suitable for pregnant women.
  • Minimum age of 12 years old.
  • Not suitable for people with heart problems.

Cancellation policies post COVID-19

Read carefully the cancellation policies post Covid-19

  • Cancellation of this tour does not have a 100% refund policy.
  • Flexible Rescheduling: You can reschedule your reservation at no additional cost up to 48 hours before the start of the activity
  • Flexible Cancellation: If you cancel your reservation up to 48 hours before the start of the activity, we will refund 50% of the total reservation payment.
  • If you cancel with less than 48 hours in advance, the amount already paid will not be refunded.

If you have any questions about this tour, such as prices, hotels, itinerary and everything you need to book this tour, please send us an email to: reservas@mundomapi.com and our travel experts will assist you as quickly as possible, answering all your doubts and / or inquiries about any specific excursions.

FAQs About Travel

During what time of the year does the trekking take place?
The tour runs throughout the year, always subject to weather conditions.

Tour's Location

Cusco, Perú


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