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.
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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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This was a great experience! Hard, but worthwhile!! Getting to the top of Rainbow Mountain takes you to over 5000 meters. We were lucky, as we’ve been living in Bogotá, Colombia for several months and have gotten used to the higher altitude. Make sure you train before you attempt to do this trek. It is not the faint of heart.
Our guide, Herlin and his 9 year old son Victor made the trip. Victor had never seen snow, so it was lovely seeing him enjoy snow for the very first time. Loved his giggles!!
Beautiful hike to the top of the world. Peak is over 5000m, so you better be ready for it. We walked the entire distance and not for the faint of heart, but could ride a horse 2/3rds of the way if you wanted. A must see and highlight to our trip to Peru.
Beautiful colorful mountain. Be prepared for hour & half of hiking in both ways. But it worth every single step. Try to visit it in the dry season (May-August) for better weather, so you will end up having snow & clouds like what is happened to me.
I would suggest to see how your body is responding to prominent high altitudes once you get closer. This is around 17,000 feet above sea level. My husband and I took horses until a certain allowed area, and I’m glad we did it otherwise I’m not sure if I would’ve had enough strength for the last trail. We walked extremely slow to get to the peak. Also, we were given ‘coca tea’ that we brought in a bottle. Personally I think that helps too. This is not a drug. It’s a type of leaf which locals chew to get energy among multiple benefits. You don’t have to chew it though, just get it as a tea.
Review of: Private Rainbow Mountain Full day Tour
We decided to take a private tour, looking online we found the company “Peru Hike” a local company that operates the tours the this wonderfull place .
Since the first email they were very informative and they told us that we were on the rainy season, then it was a risk to take the tour because of the weather, after a discution with my parner we decided to take the risk and go ahead!.
We are very happy to take this private experience, the weather wasw good, the guide very kind and informative and the van with 9 seats it was only for us, they take care of you and follow the rules against the covid. (I guess on a private tour is easier to follow those rules).
The food was on a local restautant and was delicious!! .. the guide took a extra oxygen tank and there was not to much people on the way.. there were 2 groups of peruvian people .. and our private party.. the guide explained that it is common to have more than 800 people a day on the route but this time was very few.
The hike is quite hard, but if you take your own pase you will conquest this amazing wonder.
Support local companies!! they really need it and they have a very goos service, we really recommend “Peru Hike” Local tour operator.