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Rainbow Mountain by Horse 1 Day

Rainbow Mountain by Horse 1 Day

Price from: $ 127.00 USD (See: Pricing)
Rainbow Mountain by Horse 1 Day
Tour Type
Horseback Riding Tours
Rainbow Mountain by Horse 1 Day
Maximun Altitude
5,100m (16,732 ft.)
Rainbow Mountain by Horse 1 Day
Physical Level
Rainbow Mountain by Horse 1 Day
Recommended Season
April to December

Rainbow Mountain by Horse 1 Day

Price from: $ 127.00 USD (See: Pricing)

Ride a horse to Rainbow Mountain in Cusco, Peru, and take in the breathtaking scenery along the way as well as the lovely Vinicunca Mountain. On the way, we get to see some amazing Andean views.

Tour Plan: Cusco | Cusipata | Llactoc | Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

Tour Horseback Riding Rainbow Mountain Peru: A Remarkable Adventure

Rainbow Mountain on horseback is Cusco’s second-most popular attraction after Machu Picchu! Visit Peru’s renowned Rainbow Mountain without worrying about hiking over 5,100 meters (16,732 feet). This tour offers a full-day adventure with a 1-hour uphill horse-riding experience and a 19-minute walk to the Rainbow Mountain Pass. Along the way, you will see beautiful views of the Andes and alpacas. The tour includes hotel pickup, transport, lunch, horses, entrance tickets, and a certified guide.

Getting outdoors on a horseback riding tour through the scenic terrain is the best way to explore the area. Vacationers take enough photos to fill this week’s social media feed. Realize your dream and visit the most popular new attraction in Cusco, Peru, Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca! It’s an ideal one-day trip for you. Welcome to this great experience.

Rainbow Mountain Horse Ride Tour: Make this trip to Peru even more special by riding a horse through the beautiful terrain leading up to the incredible Rainbow Mountain! Explore the vibrant colors of these incredible geo-forms as you experience the wonders of nature.


Tour Horseback Riding Rainbow Mountain Overview

  • Rainbow Mountain by Horse; Pick-up Locations: Any Cusco Hotel
  • Door-to-door pickup and return: We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel reception.
  • Start time of the land trip to the mountain of colors from Cusco (high season): The new schedule is 5:00 a.m. (to organize the horses with saddles). All 20 Rainbow Mountain communities manage the horses. They have a rotating work system. If clients must leave at 05:30, 06:00, or 07:00 am, we will gladly leave Cusco, but we must wait for the horses to return. “We would wait for the horses between 10 and 35 minutes.”
    • The travel time from Cusco to Cusipata Llactoc is 3 hours.
  • The starting point of our Rainbow Mountain Horse Tour is Llactoc (4,900 m/16,076 feet).
  • Tour duration: This adventure takes 3 hours.
  • Distance: 7 km/ 4.3 miles; horseback riding; same return mileage.
  • Hike: 19 min. Challenging! The distance that must be covered on foot to reach the Pass.
  • We visit the Rainbow Mountains summit at 5,100 m (16,732 feet).
  • Difficulty: Easy-moderate and challenging!
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Peruvian-colored mountain pass and the Ausangate Snow Summit.
  • The return to Cuzco or Cusco airport will occur between 15:30 and 16:30.

Note: It is a horse for each client plus a local muleteer.

Rainbow Mountain Horseback Full Day Highlights

  1. Visit Rainbow Mountain by horse near the Ausangate Valley in Cusco, Peru, and enjoy the beautiful Vinicunca Mountain and the spectacular landscapes on the trail.
  2. Tour Rainbow Mountain by horse. Visit a remote and stunning region of colored mountains in Peru. Enjoy the spectacular Andean scenery and the massive Ausangate mountains.
  3. Why you will love the Rainbow Mountain Peru horseback experience: While riding a horse in Rainbow Mountain, Peru, you can see alpacas from Cusipata, “which means a happy place,” to Llactoq. For more images from 2024, we suggest visiting Kondor Path Tours’ Instagram.


Rainbow Mountain Peru, by horse Itinerary


Horseback Riding Rainbow Mountain Cusco

Pickup from the Cusco Hotel at 05:00; embark on a grand adventure as you explore the Andes on this one-day horseback tour.

  • To get to Rainbow Mountain, we must drive for three hours.
  • 55 minutes of riding a horse up to the vantage point takes approximately fifty minutes.
  • Take pictures and spend 45 minutes at the vantage point.
  • It takes about 50 minutes to ride a horse back down to the private bus.
  • It will take about 3 hours to travel back to Cusco.
  • About nine hours have passed overall—quite a long day.

We arrive at your hotel in Cusco at 16:00, as the magnificent landscape fades after a fantastic day. Looking back on the hiking we completed, the cold beer in our hands has been hard-won.

NOTE: Horseback Riding Rainbow Mountain, Peru: For this adventure, one horse is involved per client, plus a local muleteer (man or woman).

  1. The horses do the most significant work from one place to another; horseback riding takes about 50 minutes of “one-way uphill horseback assistance.” Each horse has a local muleteer to pull and handle the horse.
  2. Since horses cannot climb Rainbow Mountain Pass due to the slope of the mountains, the client must walk for about 19 minutes to reach it.
Recommendations of the operating agency
  • Adventure vehicles have regular technical inspections and tourist operation licenses to ensure a pleasant trip.
  • Kondor support group: Local muleteers
    • Help travelers with horseback riding
    • Help visitors pull the horse
    • The muleteers walk beside the horse
  • Our guides have work experience as “same tour guides on the Inca Trail.”
  • How do you recognize llamas and alpacas?
    • Alpacas are smaller than llamas
  • The ascent is 420 meters (1377 feet) from the bottom to the top.
  • Our adventure leaders are equipped with a first-aid kit and an oxygen tank, and they are trained to administer first aid in an emergency.
  • While traveling south of Cusco, several picturesque locations, including Tipon, Urcos, and Cusipata, can be seen.
  • If we continue the expedition to the Red Valley, the height of the Andes will be more favorable. We advise experienced hikers to take the path after passing Rainbow Mountain.
  • Groups and visitors should bring thermal clothing to stay warm.
  • To buy souvenirs, locals only use the soles, the national currency of Peru.”

Kondor Path Tours offers a stunning excursion to the Rainbow Mountains in Peru. This experience allows you to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Andean landscape while also enjoying the thrill of riding on horseback.

Guided by Local Expertise

On the tour, you’ll be guided by experienced local horsemen who know the terrain like the back of their hands. They’ll ensure your safety and provide insights into the area’s history and culture, adding depth to your adventure.

Learn about the local culture and history.

Your guide will share stories and insights about the indigenous communities that call this region home and the significance of Rainbow Mountain in their culture and traditions. This immersive experience allows you to appreciate the area’s natural beauty and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for its people and history.


Box Lunch

Physical Level

3, Demanding

Walking Distance

A light walk, Mainly by horse (100 min.)

Hiking Time

36-minutes (up & down)

Starting Altitude

Llactoq: 4,900m (16,076 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Llactoq: 4,900m (16,076 ft)

Highest Altitude

Rainbow Pass: 5,100m (16,732 ft)


Tour Rainbow Mountain horseback INCLUSION

  • English-speaking guide: “The entire Vinicunca adventure.”
  • Rainbow Mountains, Peru, entrance fee
  • Private tour vehicle with fuel and a professional driver.
  • One horse per person (back and forth.)
    • A local muleteer per horse
  • Meals: Lunch (Buffet)
  • Oxygen tank.
  • First aid kit.

Note: The transportation options to reach Cusco’s Rainbow Mountain are shown in the prices section’s photo.”

1 Day Rainbow Mountain by horse NO INCLUSION 

  • Hotel or Airbnb.
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Taking two small bottles of 700 milliliters to the expedition is advisable.
  • Snack.
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tipping.

What should we bring for our rainbow mountain by horse?

It is impossible to appropriately dress for a day of horseback riding on Rainbow Mountain in Peru. When you leave Cusco at around 5:00 (05:30), you want to wear a few layers of gloves, and you’re most likely freezing.

When the bus dropped us off at the beginning of the ride, we were still shaking. When we saw people wearing shorts and T-shirts, we thought they were crazy. However, later in the day, the sun went down, bringing skin to the boil, and these travelers in shorts wore appropriate clothing. It was about our visit, but the travelers had a snowstorm the day before, so anything was possible.

  • An excellent daypack would be the Eagle Creek Afar Backpack, which is suitable for carrying your items!
  • Lighter trekking boots with good ankle support!
  • One pair of hiking pants—not jeans!
  • Be sure to carry one rain jacket.
  • One warm/winter jacket or glove, a scarf, a cold cap, and thermal clothing for the entire body—necessary: “Changing weather all the time.”
  • Bring some meds!
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher is recommended)
  • A reusable container for your water.
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Extra money.

Travel Guide

Read FAQs about Rainbow Mountain Trip by Horse 

Explore the enthralling Rainbow Mountain by horseback. This geological wonder has captivated the imaginations of adventurers and nature lovers. Imagine immersing yourself in this captivating scenery while riding on horseback—an experience that elevates your journey to a new level.

The Rainbow Mountain Horse Tour is a guided excursion to Vinicunca, commonly known as Rainbow Mountain, located in the Andes near Cusco, Peru. It offers a unique opportunity to witness the mountain’s stunning, multicolored mineral deposits.

The best way to explore Rainbow Mountain in Peru is by taking a guided horse tour. This immersive experience allows you to traverse the breathtaking landscapes comfortably and enjoy the journey fully.

You can circumnavigate the Ausangate on a horse to reach Rainbow Mountain. This is a popular choice for those who are uneasy about hiking or worried about altitude sickness.

Yes, there are horseback tours available for Rainbow Mountain. To book a tour, visit our website, www.kondorpathtours.com, or contact us directly at info@kondorpathtours.com.

A horseback tour to Rainbow Mountain in Peru provides a unique perspective of the stunning scenery and a convenient way to reach higher altitudes, minimizing the impact of altitude sickness. It’s a memorable adventure suitable for all skill levels.

Yes, Kondor Path Tours offers the option to arrange private horse tours for a more personalized experience. Contact us at info@kondorpathtours.com for details and pricing to make your Rainbow Mountain adventure memorable in Peru.

Kondor Path Tours offers horseback riding options to Rainbow Mountain in Peru. It’s a popular alternative for those who may find the trekking route challenging.

The duration of the horseback ride can vary depending on the starting point and the pace of the tour around Vinicunca. On average, it may take around 50 to 60 minutes one way.

Absolutely! Our horse tours are designed to cater to all levels of riders, including beginners. Our well-trained horses and experienced guides ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

No, prior horseback riding experience is typically not required. The horses for these tours are accustomed to the terrain and well-trained.

From May to September, the dry season is generally the best time to visit Rainbow Mountain in Peru. During this period, the weather is more stable, and there is less chance of rain, making the journey more comfortable.

For a Rainbow Mountain horse tour, wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather conditions. Layers are advisable, as temperatures can vary throughout the day. Sturdy footwear, a hat, sunscreen, and a waterproof jacket are recommended.

It’s generally recommended to book in advance to ensure availability, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Book a horseback tour through Kondor Path Tours in Cusco or online at www.kondorpathtours.com. Read our TripAdvisor reviews and our recommended service for the horseback riding excursion to the rainbow mountains of Vinicunca in Peru.

Rainbow Mountain is located at a high altitude, around 5,200 meters (17,060 feet). Altitude sickness can be a concern, so spending a few days acclimatizing in Cusco is advisable before attempting the journey.

The tour duration can vary, but it usually takes a full day, starting early in the morning and returning in the afternoon.

Typically, both options are available. Some people hike the entire way, while others opt for hiking and horseback riding.

The difficulty can vary, but it’s generally considered a moderate-to-challenging trek, especially if you choose to hike rather than ride horses. Altitude can also be a factor, as Rainbow Mountain is over 5,000 meters (16,404 feet) above sea level.

Safety is our top priority. Our experienced guides provide thorough instructions, and our horses are well-trained. We also equip participants with safety gear, ensuring a secure and enjoyable journey to Rainbow Mountain in Peru.

It takes more than just a camera to capture the beauty of Peru’s Rainbow Mountain; you also need an artistic eye and a grasp of the subtleties of the surrounding environment. To help you capture your adventure forever, consider the following photography advice:

  1. Golden Hours: Use soft, warm tones that highlight the mountain’s colors to your advantage by taking advantage of early morning or late afternoon light.
  2. Leading Lines: Utilize the natural lines and curves of the landscape to lead the viewer’s eye and create depth in your photos.
  3. Foreground Interest: Use foreground elements, like a grazing llama or a wildflower, to give your pictures depth and context.
  4. Focus on Details: Although the entire mountain is magnificent, don’t forget to take pictures of the intricate textures and patterns created by the mineral deposits.
  5. Tell a Story: Use your photography to describe the experience by capturing the surroundings, feelings, and interactions as you go.

Children over seven can participate in the family-friendly Rainbow Mountain by Horse Tour in Cusco, Peru. However, it’s crucial to consider older participants’ high altitude and physical demands.

Pre-acclimatize in Cusco before the horse tour, stay hydrated, and avoid overexertion during the hike to reduce the likelihood of altitude sickness on the Rainbow Mountain Tour on horseback in Peru.

The main danger of horseback riding on Rainbow Mountain in Peru is altitude sickness. You could experience headaches, nausea, and dizziness if you are unfamiliar with high altitudes. You should stop and take a break if you experience these signs.

The following guidelines should be followed when riding a horse to Rainbow Mountain in Peru:

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Obey the instructions of your guide.
  • Do not feed or touch the horses.
  • Do not litter.

Joining the Rainbow Mountain by Horse Tour in Peru does not require any prior horseback riding experience. These tours use well-mannered horses accustomed to pulling riders of all abilities.

What’s it like?

  1. Explore Peru’s stunning Rainbow Mountain from a new perspective—horseback riding!
  2. Our knowledgeable guides will show you all the highlights of this fantastic landscape in one day as you discover the beauty of Peru’s breathtaking Rainbow Mountain on an exclusive horse tour.
  3. Enjoy breathtaking scenery while getting closer to nature on a horse as you embark on an unforgettable horseback ride to Peru’s majestic Rainbow Mountain.
  4. Our horseback tours are the perfect way to explore this incredible landscape and take in the scenery!
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Pricing Breakdown

Tour Rainbow Mountain by Horse, 1 Day COST

Season 2024

Number of persons Price per person
1 $ 352.00 USD
2 $ 226.00 USD
3 $ 190.00 USD
4 $ 166.00 USD
5 $ 158.00 USD
6 $ 147.00 USD
7 $ 139.00 USD
8 $ 132.00 USD
9 $ 127.00 USD

With our special horseback riding tour, you can ride to Rainbow Mountain in Peru and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, clean air, and unforgettable views.

Rainbow Mountain by Horse and Cars

Rainbow Mountain by Horse and Cars

* Kondor Path Tours offers horseback riding on Rainbow Mountain.



Join us for an exhilarating ride through breathtaking landscapes and rich history as you enjoy a unique perspective of this magical location. Trip Rainbow Mountain by Horse 1 Day: Explore the vibrant colors of Rainbow Mountain in Peru on horseback.

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Ani T
Ani T
Wonderul site, great tour operator and excellent guide We had an evening flight so wanted to do something during the first half of the day, really glad we picked this half-day tour of the Sillustani ruins. The tour agent (Kondor Path Tours) was very flexible about our pickup time and dropoff options, so that really helped. We were able to arrange a later pickup in the morning that included all our luggage and then they dropped us off at the Juliaca airport after the tour. But the Sillustani towers themselves are a real treat to see and learn about all their history. The site itself is very serene and beautiful, with the lake in the background from the main viewpoint. Our tour guide (Richy/Ricardo) was excellent and very helpful and knowledgeable. He gave us not only the ancient history of Sillustani and the adjoining areas, but also a more contemporary history of Peru and the Puno region I have to add that he went over and above by even helping us to check our bags in at JUL airport!
Maras and Moray + Pachamanca Easily the best tour experience I had during my trip to Peru. I highly recommend Kondor Tours as the customer service is top-notch. James responded to my queries almost instantly each time and was very helpful. We were even treated to a can of cusquenia beer each when we visited the office! Our guide Alfredo was absolutely amazing and we were fortunate to have him as our guide for the tour. He is very passionate about his job and shared so much valuable information with us. He has a very candid character and we were very comfortable throughout! I highly recommend requesting for him as your guide (the best we had while touring Peru for 3 weeks). Also, I would say opting in for and additional traditional peruvian pachamanca meal experience must not be missed. The community people were very warm and gracious hosts and it is eye opening to witness the preparation of such a traditional feast normally done only for special occasions like weddings. We even had time for dancing! Two thumbs up for sure!
Niels K
Niels K
3-day Choquequirao Trek We took a three-day private group trek to Choquequirao as a family of five. Kondor Path Tours organized a pick-up and drop-off in Urubamba instead of Cusco and did an extra stop at the Saywhite archeological site. Everything went very smoothly during the entire trip, meals and accommodation were as expected or better. The trek itself is quite demanding (particularly in three days), but the nature/ views/ Choquequirao/ dearth of tourists largely compensate. Anyway, we were looking for a physical challenge! Our guide Oron was great. Explaining, motivating, solving potential problems/ demands. We would definitely recommend Kondor Path Tours.
Proffecional company and perfect guide Kondor Path Tours are so proffecional and easy to work with. We went with them on the 2 days short Inca trail to Machu Picchu with our three children. The correspondence was great and everything was perfectly planned in every detail. Our guide Alfredo was so friendly, knowledgeable and pleasant to be around! Thank you Kondor Path Tours - we couldn’t have asked for more!!
Trip to Rainbow Mountain Excellent experience!! Our guide Odon was prompt with pickup time and extremely friendly. The drove to rainbow mountain was smooth. We did the horseback ride up the mountain, and Odon was right there with us. The actual hike up, he provided support, laughter, and information about the region. Amazing experience with an awesome guide. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience.
Jamee Marshall
Jamee Marshall
Amazing experience, incredible guide! We had an incredible tour experience with Alfred and our driver Diosmio. They took such good care of us. Alfred was so knowledgeable, kind, and really felt like a friend. Highly recommend this company for your future visit! Awesome experience.
Kristi V
Kristi V
Alittle bit of everything We had a last minute change of plans when it came to our tour. We were supposed to visit the rainbow mountain but with the recent protesting we called to see if we could change last minute and they were very accommodating. Odon and Fernando were amazing! They took us to see multiple attractions and made us feel very at home. And kudos to Renee for the amazing driving. I would highly recommend using this company for a tour. We will definitely use them if we ever come back!
Anthony O
Anthony O
Atv Tour Odin and Fernando were great as well as our driver Rene. Very informative about the city of Cusco. Enjoyed our tour with this company and these individuals who took us around. Great time! Highly recommend!!!
Family vacation Kondor path tours arranged a couple of private tours on our last vacation in Peru. Our first tour was the Rainbow Mountains and the next day we did the sacred Valley Tour. The administrative services were excellent, we met at our hotel the day before our tours and our head guide, Fredy, explained everything perfectly, including what to wear and bring for each tour. On the tour days, our guides (Fredy and Juan Carlos) and driver (Juan Carlos) were great! very knowledgeable, considerate about our party, always helpful and ready to answer questions and meet the expectations (completely different expectations because we had different ages in our party (from 11 to 69 years)) of each party member. The rainbow mountain is awesome and is is really helpful to go with a guide that knows about the area, but also about hiking!!!
Excellent guide who stays with you for the entire day The Vinicunca one-day horse tour was fantastic. The friendly and informative Freddy guided us for the entire bus ride and mountain trek. He knew where to stand to get the best photos and made everything fun and accommodating. The horse ride up made it much easier to enjoy the final hike. Lunch was large and tasty. Door to door service.
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