Explore the Rainbow Mountain in one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Peruvian Andes, the Rainbow Mountain is located about 100 kilometers from Cusco, the adventure lasts 1 full day. The walk is 4 hours round trip to the bus. The path has a distance of 5 kilometers one way and 5 kilometers return. On the way to the Rainbow Mountain it is 3 kilometers flat and 2 kilometers is inclined, we will reach the highest point which is the viewpoint that measures approximately 5038m. From this point we will have magnificent views of the Red Valley and the Ausangate mountain.
Our adventure begins at 4:00 am. We will pick you up from your hotel’s door to head for 3 hours towards the Southern Valley in our private transport. Remember that the starting point of our walk is at 4,638 masl / 15,216 fasl. Along the way, we’ll observe picturesque Andean towns, agricultural platforms from the Inca period, fertile valleys, and beautiful rolling mountains. Even in the morning, the herds of llamas and alpacas will entertain you while you enjoy a delicious continental breakfast.
We’ll continue our journey until we reach the starting point of the walk. There we’ll head down a meandering path in the middle of the Andean mountains following a beautiful stream. As you ascend, you’ll be rewarded with an impressive view of the Ausangate Mountain (6,300 masl / 20,900 fasl). Take a few minutes to understand why this mountain is a living deity for the Andean people.
This whole area is home to many people, and you’ll have the opportunity to see them working the land. You’ll surely also be surprised to see the traditional clothing they use and that they make themselves thanks to the practice of textile art they have inherited from their ancestors. They preserve their ancient culture and refuse to be submitted by the rules of the western world. Your guide will teach you about the meaning of some clothes and, if you want, you can ask him to teach you some words in Quechua.
After an hour and a half of walking, we will arrive at the impressive Rainbow Mountain of Cusco (5,050 masl / 16,564 fasl). Take your time to admire this natural formation’s unique beauty and feel the thrill of witnessing an unforgettable spectacle. Explore the surroundings while your guide explains the theories regarding this mountain’s origin that seems to be taken from the gods’ colorful dream. Take photographs and immerse yourself in the landscape that also shows you the splendor of the great mountain Ausangate in the distance.
There we will take a break between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on your steps’ speed and the weather condition. If you want to stay longer, inform your guide. Later, there’s the possibility of walking through the Red Valley, if the climate and weather allow it. Don’t miss this valley of completely red mountains!
It’ll take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to arrive again at the starting point where we’ll enjoy our box lunch. Once we have filled our stomachs, we’ll embark on our private transport back to the city of Cusco. At approximately 5:00 pm we’ll leave you at the door of your hotel.
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Rainbow Mountain in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.
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All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the (Peru Hike) offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.
The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.
Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Peru Hike Company can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.
Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.
You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.
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Ruben was a fantastic guide. One of the other trekkers in our group developed altitude sickness and he gave her oxygen and got her back down on horseback. Rainbow Mtn is 16,550 feet high. Be sure to adapt ti the 11,200 feet altitude in Cusco first. The trek around Rainbow along the saddle to see the Red Valley is sooooo worth it.
This was an absolutely amazing experience! Anibal was the best guide we could have ever asked for. He played us fun inspirational music on the hike up and made sure we were all doing okay. At the top he helped us take pictures and was a lot of fun to be around. This was a once in a life time experience.
This was amazing trip and very worth it . The hike is hard because of the high altitude, but it’s the most spectacular hike I’ve ever done. Our tour guide was Hanibel and bryan they were both so sweet and funny! THey guided us with music and stories to make sure we got to the top! We rented the horses for part of the way and it was lovely and made the hiking part much more bearable ! Strongly strongly recommend !
Our guides and driver; Carlos, Brian, and Sergio, were fantastic. The hike was ~ 4 miles out and back to Rainbow Mountain, or ~5 miles if you choose to do Red Valley. In my opinion, Red Valley was far more breathtaking than Rainbow Mountain and there was far less foot traffic / tourists. The drive out and back was ~2.5 hours both ways with the last hour out and first hour back through some pretty rocky high mountain terrain. Breakfast and lunch were both served at a buffet style location at the last city before departing up the mountain (for breakfast) and first city when coming down the mountain. I highly recommend this trip for anyone passing through Cusco.
So much fun!! Best guide ever – he was so funny and when I had a hard time hiking up the mountain he immediately pulled out his phone, played eye of the tiger, and started dancing to help encourage the group. It was a great view and I pet lots of llamas and alpacas along the way! 10/10 recommend! 😊🦙