Day trip

Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain Tour

4.4 / 5

45 reviews

Activity provider: Peru Andes Top
Day trip

Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain Tour

Activity provider: Peru Andes Top

From US$ 36 per person

Discover Rainbow Mountain on this amazing full day hike tour from Cusco. See spectacular landscapes and enjoy breakfast and lunch in local communities.

About this activity

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Duration 13 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Hotel pickup from hotels in the historic center of Cusco; please provide your hotel’s name and address. The pickup is included only for hotels located in downtown. Sometimes the access for the transport could be impossible due to the narrow streets; if so, the local partner will suggest a meeting point. If you are staying in a private apartment or outside the pickup route, you will be provided the closest meeting point available.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Hike the beautiful Rainbow Mountains
  • See exotic wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy an outdoor activity and contemplation of a visual wonder
Full description

Drive approximately 2.5 hours after your pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. Stop in Pitumarca for a delicious breakfast before continuing your way toward the amazing Rainbow mountains. Next, admire the beautiful landscapes as you hike, with many mountains covered in snow. Walk past local people wearing the typical dress of the region and llamas and alpacas breeders. Once you reach the top, take advantage of some free time to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful view. After this, start to descend, you can choose between going through the Red Valley (optional) or going the traditional way.

Finally, stop at the meeting point where you'll be transported to a delicious comforting lunch before returning to Cusco where the tour ends.

  • Pick up from your hotel in the center of Cusco (with a return to the Plaza de Armas of Cusco)
  • Informative meeting one day before via WhatsApp
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch (vegetarian or vegan options at no additional cost)
  • Professional tour guide (Spanish/English)
  • First aid kits (with oxygen cylinder)
  • Walking stick
  • First aid kits
  • Oxygen balloon
  • Entrance ticket to Rainbow Mountain (Peruvians pay 15 soles, foreigners pay 25 soles)
  • Entrance ticket to Red Valley (optional; approximately 10 Soles)
  • Horse ride (optional)
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 14 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with high blood pressure
  • People with low level of fitness

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Cash
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This activity is not recommended for children under 14 years. Seniors above 60 years must have in mind that this activity demands a relatively good physical condition. The trek to the Lagoon is 1.5-hours and has a low to moderate difficulty level
  • This tour is not recommended for people with asthma, heart problems, and high blood pressure
  • You must be in a good shape (there is the possibility to rent a horse for 90 Soles)
  • It is recommended that you bring a long-sleeved shirt and sweater, a windbreaker, walking shoes, waterproof pants and jacket, gloves, a scarf, warm socks, a hat or cap for sun protection, sunblock and sunglasses, lip balm and any personal medication
  • It is also important that you spend some days in Cusco before going to the Rainbow Mountain, so your body acclimates to the high altitudes
  • It is recommended that you bring some local currency with you as there could be some places on site that don't accept credit cards
  • Please bring snacks and water for yourself
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 45 reviews

Review summary

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Sadly my partner experienced the ill affects of altitude sickness and so we didn't make it to the mountain. The guide was so supportive though, we cannot fault the company in the slightest. The breakfast/lunch locations were great and overall this was a fantastic trip that was very good value for money. Please be wary of the altitude issue though and acclimatise properly before booking a trip to rainbow mountains.

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March 27, 2023

This turned out to be an awesome experience. Not an easy trek but worth all the efforts. Our guide had coca leaves,and and something for us to inhale to counter the effect of altitude. I didn't need a horse (optional extra cost). Breakfast was typical Peruvian, I was impressed with the lunch buffet. Lots of tasty dishes. Our guide had enough English to communicate but more information was provided in Spanish. He ensured we stayed as a group + encouraged us along the way. I am glad I brought my walking poles since the stick provided didn't have a good grip in the slippery snow. I also had snacks to have once at the top. They do sell some food and you can take pictures with alpacas. Make sure you have change for that and some soles to pay to use the bathrooms. Wish I was told about the passport stamp once at the top. Didn't know. It would have been nice to be brought back to where we were picked up in the morning. Long walk uphill from the plaza after this trek.

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March 27, 2023

Bonne prise en charge à l’hôtel avec un message WhatsApp la veille, petit dej et déjeuner très bons, guide très sympa et parlant un espagnol très accessible même si on ne parle pas la langue, notre durée de marche totale a été de 3h avec 30 minutes de pause photos, je recommande

March 27, 2023

Product ID: 162333