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Rainbow Mountain Tour & Red Valley Tour: Unveiling a Colorful Wonder (1-Day Tour from Cusco)

Immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes of the Cusco region on this unforgettable 1-day adventure! Witness the mesmerizing colors of Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) and explore the dramatic formations of Red Valley, all within a single action-packed day.

Rainbow Mountain Day Hike Details:

  • Starting Point: Your hotel in Cusco
  • Pick-Up: Between 4:30 and 5:00 am from your hotel; 5:00 am at hotel.
  • Ending Point: Cusco city center – Plaza Regocijo
  • Duration: Full-day tour from 5:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Departure: Daily departures
  • Group Size: Up to 16 participants
  • Vegetarian/Vegan Options: Available upon request at no extra charge
  • Meals Included: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
  • Free Storage: Available for your convenience
  • High Season: April to October

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Rainbow Mountain on this exhilarating day hike. Join us for a memorable adventure through the stunning landscapes of the Andes Mountains.

Book your tour today and embark on an unforgettable journey!


  • Witness the awe-inspiring Rainbow Mountain, a geological wonder adorned with vibrant stripes of red, orange, yellow, and blue.
  • Explore the otherworldly landscapes of Red Valley, featuring stunning red rock formations.
  • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Learn about the region’s unique geological history (optional with a guide).


  • Early morning pickup from your Cusco hotel.
  • Scenic drive to the trailhead for Rainbow Mountain.
  • Moderate 2-3 hour hike to the summit (over 16,000 ft).
  • Marvel at the vibrant red, orange, yellow, and blue hues of the mountain.
  • Continue to Red Valley for a less challenging 1-hour hike.
  • Soak in the dramatic red rock formations and panoramic views.
  • Return to Cusco and be dropped off at Plaza Regocijo.
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Day by Day Travel Schedule

Customize this itinerary by adding extra days to any location. Please contact one of our expert travel advisors for advice.

Itinerary day by Day Rainbow Mountain Tour:

4:00 AM – 4:30 AM:

  • Pick-up: We will pick you up from your home (hotel, Airbnb, apartment or hostel) in Cusco.

6:00 AM – 6:30 AM:

  • Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at a local restaurant before starting the adventure.

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM:

  • Travel to Rainbow Mountain: Enjoy a comfortable and safe transportation journey while you head to the starting point of the hike. Admire the panoramic views of the Sacred Valley and learn about the local culture.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM:

  • Arrival at the starting point: Rest to acclimatize to the altitude (over 5,000 meters above sea level) and use the restrooms.
  • Information and talk: An expert guide will provide you with information about the history, geology, and culture of the region.
  • Equipment: You will be provided with trekking poles to help you on the hike.

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM:

  • Start of the hike: Embark on a moderate 2-3 hour hike to the top of Rainbow Mountain. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Andes, observe the local flora and fauna, and take amazing photos of the landscape.
  • Difficulty: The hike has a gradual ascent with some challenging sections. It is recommended to be in good physical condition to do it.
  • Rest stops: There will be stops during the hike to rest, hydrate, and take photos.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM:

  • Reach the top of Rainbow Mountain: Contemplate its impressive color formation, a product of sedimentation and volcanic activity.
  • Free time: Take photos, enjoy this unique moment and observe the vastness of the Andes.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM:

  • Descent: Begin the descent to the base of Rainbow Mountain.
  • Lunch: Enjoy a delicious box lunch with a variety of vegetarian and vegan options.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM:

  • Optional: Visit the Red Valley for an additional cost of $15.
  • Duration: 1-hour tour of this valley with intense red rock formations.
  • Information: Learn about the geology of the area and how this unique landscape was formed.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM:

  • Return to Cusco: Relax in our comfortable transportation as you return to the city.
  • Arrival in Cusco: We will drop you off at the Plaza Regocijo or at your hotel (if located in the city center).

What's Included

What’s Included Rainbow Mountain Tour:

  • Pick-up: Comfortable transportation from your doorstep (hotel, Airbnb, apartment, or hostel) in Cusco.
  • Breakfast: Delicious buffet breakfast at a local restaurant to fuel your adventure.
  • Transportation: Safe and reliable transportation to and from Rainbow Mountain.
  • Expert Guide: An informative guide to share the history, geology, and culture of the region throughout the tour (English-speaking guide).
    Trekking Poles: Poles to assist you on the hike.
  • Box Lunch: Delicious boxed lunch with vegetarian and vegan options to keep you energized.
  • Entrance Fees: All entrance fees to Rainbow Mountain are covered.

Optional Add-On:

Red Valley Visit: Explore the Red Valley with its stunning red rock formations for an additional $15 (approximately 1-hour tour).

Not Included:

  • Entrance Fee to Rainbow Mountain: 30 Soles (charged by the local government and communities).
  • Entrance Fee to Red Valley: 20 Soles (bring cash in Soles).
  • Personal Equipment: Hiking shoes, warm clothes, water, snacks, etc.
  • Horseback riding (approx. USD 20-25 per ride)

Please note:

  • Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • It is recommended to bring cash in Soles for entrance fees and tips.
  • Be sure to pack appropriate clothing and gear for the hike.

We hope you enjoy your tour to Rainbow Mountain!

Trip Info

Price Rainbow Mountain Tour

Regular Price: USD 90 per person

Promotional Price: USD 85 per person (applies for people who have already booked a Machu Picchu Tour or Treks with us).

Rainbow Mountain Tour Frequently Asked Questions :

What kind of clothes should I wear?

It is recommended to wear warm clothes, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, water and snacks.

How difficult is the hike?

The hike to Rainbow Mountain is of moderate difficulty. It is recommended to be in good physical condition.

What happens if I can’t complete the hike?

Don’t worry, there are horses available for rent at the starting point for an additional cost.

Can I bring my own lunch?

Yes, you can bring your own lunch. However, it is recommended to book the tour with lunch included for convenience.

Can I cancel my tour?

Yes, you can cancel your tour 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions.

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