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Rainbow Mountain

The mountain of seven colors

1 day
4.5 (5 reviews)

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Rainbow Mountain tour information

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Between 3:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. at your accommodation in Cusco


Drop-off at 7:30 p.m. in the city center of Cusco

This tour is offered in two versions: standard and premium. The itinerary is the same, but in the standard version the group is up to 30 travelers and the guide speaks two languages. The premium version group size is up to 18 travelers, includes expert guide in one language (Spanish or English to choose) and the quality of transport and food is superior. On this tour we will discover the incredible Vinicunca, the mountain of seven colors, or also known as Rainbow Mountain. During an intense and exciting day, we will cross the impressive mountain range located in the town of Chiripampa, considered to be the longest on the planet. Finally, in the heart of the same mountain range we will enjoy the fantastic views of the famous Rainbow Mountain.

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 Cusco - Pitumarca - Chiri Pampa - Rainbow Mountain

access_time4:30 am
We will be picked up in our accommodation in Cusco, and after two hours of travelling by car, we will take a break in Pitumarca for breakfast. Afterwards, we will continue our journey to Chiripampa to buy the access ticket for the Rainbow Mountain (10 soles). This unique mountain is located deep in the heart of the longest mountain range on the planet.
access_time12:00 pm
We will have to walk for roughly two hours until we reach this spectacular mountain, also known as the mountain of seven colors or Vinicunca. Once we arrive here, we will have time to enjoy the fascinating patterns of Vinicunca and take a good look around of the great panorama view we have from here. We will also have ample time to take photos. After fully appreciating this natural masterpiece, we will begin our descent back to Pitumarca.
access_time2:30 pm
Back in Pitumarca, we will stop to have lunch. After this break, we will start our return to the center of Cusco, where we will arrive around 7:30 pm.

Tour details


  • Pick-up at the hotel
  • Experienced bilingual guide (Spanish / English)
  • Shared transportation
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch (with vegetarian or vegan option)
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen spray

Not included

  • Rainbow Mountain access ticket (10 soles)
  • Hiking poles (rent for 4 USD)*
  • Horse ride (rent for 25 USD)*
The indicated price is per person and for the entire tour. Payment is made at the destination. Also, please indicate this when booking your trip to ensure availability.

error_outlineImportant information

Remember that the altitude requires greater effort for all daily tasks and can cause altitude sickness, so it is very important to arrive at Cuzco or similar altitudes at least one day before the tour departures, to not engage in strenuous physical effort or eat heavy food, and it is also recommended to drink lots of water and, if possible, avoid alcoholic beverages altogether. This tour requires considerable physical effort, since you will walk for two hours at an altitude higher than 5000 meters (16,404 feet) above the sea level, so it is not recommended for people with heart problems, high blood pressure, children under 12 and pregnant women. For those interested, the two-hour hike can alternatively be made on horseback.
The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy

Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 48 hours in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.

What to bring to Rainbow Mountain

  • Hiking boots
  • Water and Snacks
  • Raincoat
  • Outerwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

Where does the tour Rainbow Mountain start

Cusco is the main tourist city of Peru and is very well connected. If you plan to arrive from Lima, you can get to Cusco by bus (24 hour trip) or take a one hour flight. You can choose between low cost airlines like Peruvian Airlines, LCP or StarPeru or full-service airlines like Latam and Avianca. If you plan to arrive from Arequipa, the bus ride to Cusco will take roughly ten hours. Alternatively you can also arrive by plane, in this case, however, the only airline that offers direct flights is Latam Airlines. If you plan to arrive from Puno, the best option is to take a bus on a six hour trip. We also offer the possibility to take a tourist bus route that stops in the most important places and landmarks along the way, leaving Puno at 7:00 am and arriving at Cusco at 5:30 pm.

Rainbow Mountain tour reviews with Howlanders

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Lydia Itzel Flores Benavides · October 31, 2019
Me recogieron en mi hotel a la hora indicada. El transporte es súper cómodo y la comida muy rica que nos ofrecieron. Muy amables todos los del tour, te ayudan bastante ya que la caminata es complicada, te animan todo el tiempo y estan muy al pendiente de ti. El regreso es muy cómodo tambien y regresamos un poco más temprano de la hora estimada. Muy puntual todo y te ayudan bastante. Muy recomendado!

Laura · October 10, 2019
We had some trouble meeting the tour guide at our accomodation but after that was fixed we had a wonderfull day. The tour include a breakfast and a lunch which both were good. The climb it self was not as hard as expected. We had a really fun day.

Laura · September 28, 2019
We had some troubles with our pickup but the rest of the day was really nice. The trip was very exhausting but 100% worth it

Cátia Jorge · June 11, 2019

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