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Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour

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Tour Details
Full Day Vinicunca Peru Tour

Our Full Day Vinicunca Peru Tour stands as a top-selling day trip from Cusco, drawing over 800 daily visitors.

Known as Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, it swiftly gained fame after snowmelt in 2016 revealed its vibrant colors, making it a tourist hotspot.

Rainbow Mountain's sighting during the day

This trek offers breathtaking views of Ausangate Peak, a revered natural wonder towering at 6384 meters above sea level, dominating Cusco’s skyline.

 Nearby remote native communities, preserving traditional ways through farming and grazing, offer insights into age-old customs.

A herd of different mammals commonly found in the Andes countryside along the path to Vinicunca's summit,

Operating group and private tours, Peru Amazon Trips, a locally-owned operator, provides certified local guides well-versed in history, culture, and first aid.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer 

Departure Time

04:00 AM

Price Includes

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

Price Excludes

  • Entrance Fees (25 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

Our comprehensive Rainbow Mountain Tour kicks off at 4:00 AM with a hotel pickup in Cusco.

With our private transport, venture through the South Valley to Cusipata for a hearty breakfast.

After this, we head to the trailhead, offering safety briefings before commencing the challenging two-and-a-half-hour trek to the summit.

A couple of alpacas grazing the andean highlands's grass on the way to the Rainbow Mountain.

Passing high-altitude farms with llamas and alpacas, this trek requires acclimatization due to its altitude.

For those unsure about hiking, horseback options are available at an extra cost.

At the summit, our guide shares insights into the mountain’s significance and allows ample time to soak in the mesmerizing views, even offering an optional hike to the red valley.

A lady poses for a picture with a couple of alpacas after reaching Winicunca's lookout.

Following this awe-inspiring experience, return to the trailhead and proceed to a local restaurant for a satisfying lunch before the journey back to Cusco, expected by approximately 6:30 PM.



Q: Where is Rainbow Mountain located in Peru?

A: Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, is located near Cusco, Peru. It’s situated in the Andes, within the Vilcanota Mountain Range, to the south of Cusco. The colorful mountain has become a popular destination for its stunning natural beauty.


Q: What is the best time to visit Rainbow Mountain in Peru?

A: The best time to visit Rainbow Mountain is during the dry season, which generally spans from May to September. However, it’s important to check weather conditions before planning your trip.


Q: How difficult is the hike to Rainbow Mountain?

A: The hike to Rainbow Mountain is considered moderately challenging. It involves walking at high altitudes, so it’s recommended to acclimate in Cusco for a day or two before the trek. Many tour operators offer guided hikes with experienced guides to assist you throughout the journey.


Q: Are there altitude-related concerns for Rainbow Mountain?

A: Yes, Rainbow Mountain is situated at high altitudes (16400 ft.), and visitors may experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Acclimating in Cusco, staying hydrated, and taking it slow during the trek can help mitigate these effects. Consult with a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.


Q: What should I bring for a Rainbow Mountain trek?

A: Essential items include comfortable hiking shoes, layered clothing, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a water bottle, and a small backpack. It’s important to be prepared for varying weather conditions at high altitudes.


Q: Can I visit Rainbow Mountain independently, or is a guided tour recommended?

A: While it’s possible to visit Rainbow Mountain independently, many visitors prefer guided tours for the convenience, safety, and the insights provided by knowledgeable guides. Guided tours also often include transportation and help with logistics.

A partial view of the Red Valley, closely located to the Rainbow Mountain range.

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Solo Traveller

The Full Day Vinicunca Peru Tour with Peru Amazon Trips was an incredible adventure! The natural beauty of the Rainbow Mountain was simply breathtaking. The team made the experience seamless and enjoyable from start to finish. Highly recommend this bucket-list-worthy tour!

July 29, 2023


Solo Traveller

Our Full Day Vinicunca Peru Tour with Peru Amazon Trips was absolutely fantastic! The experience felt so natural and authentic, immersing us in the beauty of the Andean landscapes. The hike to Vinicunca, the Rainbow Mountain, was challenging but incredibly rewarding.

Peru Amazon Trips’ team took care of every detail, ensuring our safety and comfort throughout the journey. The guide was knowledgeable about the region’s flora, fauna, and cultural significance, making the trip both informative and enjoyable.

The sight of the vibrant rainbow-colored mountain was truly mesmerizing, and the whole experience left us in awe of Mother Nature’s wonders. If you’re looking for a breathtaking adventure, Peru Amazon Trips’ Full Day Vinicunca Tour is an absolute must!

July 21, 2023


Solo Traveller

Peru Amazon Trips delivered an unforgettable Full Day Vinicunca Peru Tour! The hike to the Rainbow Mountain was challenging but well worth it. The stunning landscapes and vibrant colors left us speechless. The guides were knowledgeable and supportive, making the journey even more enjoyable. We had an amazing time and would do it all over again!

June 30, 2023


Couple Traveller

This was one of the best one day trips we did before visiting the Sacred Valley and hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Everything was just as mentioned in the itinerary with no unpleasant surprises. Totally worth it

February 4, 2020
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