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Rainbow Mountain by Horse 1 Day
Price from: $ 115.00 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: $ 115.00 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 01-hour uphill horse-riding experience and a 19-minute walk to the Rainbow Mountain Pass. You will see beautiful views of the Andes and alpacas along the way. 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 up this week’s Social Media feed. Realize your dream and visit the most popular new attraction in Cusco Peruvian Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca! Ideal one-day trip for you. Welcome to this great Experience.

Rainbow Mountain Horse Ride: 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.

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Horseback Riding Rainbow Mountain Overview

  • Pick-Up Locations: Any Cusco Hotel.
  • DOOR-TO-DOOR PICK-UP AND RETURN: We will pick you up and drop you off directly at your hotel reception.
  • Start time of the land trip to the mountain of colors from Cusco (high season): The new schedule is at 05:00 am (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 at that time, BUT we will have to wait for the horses to return, “We would wait for the horses between 10 to 35 minutes”.
    • Travel time from Cusco to Cusipata Llactoc is 03 hours.
  • The starting point of our Rainbow mountain horse tour: Llactoc 4,900 m/16,076 feet
  • Tour duration: This adventure takes 03-hours.
  • Distance: 7 km/ 4.3 miles – Horseback riding – The 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: 5,100 m / 16,732 feet.
  • Difficulty: Easy-moderate!
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Peru-colored mountains pass and Ausangate snow summit.
  • Return to Cuzco will take place between 13:30 and 15:30.

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 & enjoy the beautiful vinicunca mountain & 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 stunning Andean scenery and the massive Ausangate mountains.
  3. Why you will love the Rainbow Mountain Peru horseback experience: Alpacas can be seen from Cusipata, “which means a happy place,” to Llactoq while riding a horse in Rainbow Mountain, Peru. For more images from 2023 to 2024, we suggest visiting Kondor Path Tours’ Instagram.




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.
  • 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 the horse back down to the private bus.
  • It will take about 3 hours to travel back to Cusco.
  • About 09 hours have passed overall—quite a long day.

We arrive at your hotel in Cusco at 15:30 as the magnificent landscape fades after a fantastic day. Looking back on the hiking we had completed, the cold beer in our hands has been hard-won.

NOTE Horseback Riding Rainbow Mountain Peru: For this adventure, 01 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 “one way.”; Each horse has a local muleteer to pull and handle the horse.
  2. Since horses cannot climb the Rainbow Mountain Pass due to the slope of the mountains, the client must walk for about 19 minutes to get there.
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 in horse 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 to recognize llamas and alpacas?
    • Alpacas are small that the 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.
  • Several picturesque locations, including Tipon, Urcos, and Cusipata, can be seen while traveling south of Cusco.
  • If we continue the expedition to the Red Valley, the Andes’ height 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 Mountain 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 hand. 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, as well as the significance of the 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)


Rainbow Mountain horseback INCLUSION

  • English-speaking guide “The entire Vinicunca adventure.”
  • Rainbow Mountains Peru entrance fee.
  • Private tour vehicle with fuel plus professional driver.
  • One horse per person (back and forth.)
    • A local muleteer per horse.
  • Meals: Box lunch.
  • 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 to 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 or a suitable pack 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/gloves, scarf, cap cold, thermal clothing entire body – IMPORTANT “Changing weather all the time.”
  • Bring some meds!
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Re-usable container for your water.
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Extra money.

Travel Guide

Read Faqs about Rainbow Mountain Trip by Horse 

By horseback, explore the enthralling Rainbow Mountain, a geological wonder that has captivated the imaginations of both 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.

Rainbow Mountain on Horseback is Cusco’s second most popular attraction after Machu Picchu! Ride a horse outdoors through beautiful scenery, visit Rainbow Mountain without getting altitude sickness, and take in the highland splendor of alpacas along the way.

Experience the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain in Peru on horseback for a distinctive and thrilling experience. As you ride through the Andean landscape, you’ll be able to take in the breathtaking views of the vibrant colors of the mountain.

Our knowledgeable tour leaders will take you on a secure and enjoyable journey so you can connect with nature and make priceless memories.

Many benefits that enhance your experience include riding through Rainbow Mountain on horseback in Cusco. The following are some strong arguments favoring this mode of exploration being unmatched.

Enhanced Connection with Nature: When you ride a horse, you can feel the ground beneath your feet and take in your surroundings without obstructions, forging a close connection with the natural world.

Stress-Free Exploration: All skill levels can participate in horseback riding, making it accessible to experienced and inexperienced riders. The horses’ excellent training guarantees a smooth and stress-free journey.

Sustainable Tourism: Compared to other modes of transportation, choosing horseback tours promotes sustainable tourism by less impacting the environment.

Immerse in Local Culture: Interact with knowledgeable local guides who provide insightful commentary on the Andean people’s history, culture, and folklore.

Spectacular Photography Opportunities: Horseback riding offers breathtaking photo opportunities highlighting Rainbow Mountain’s magnificence.

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.

Despite Rainbow Mountains’ year-round allure, certain seasons have particular benefits.

Dry Season (April to November): This period offers the most stable weather conditions, with clearer skies, making it ideal for unobstructed vistas and photography.

Wet Season (December to March): While rainfall is more frequent, the landscape appears more vibrant as the rain enhances the colors, creating a surreal atmosphere.

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.

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.

Leading Lines: Utilize the natural lines and curves of the landscape to lead the viewer’s eye and create depth in your photos.

Foreground Interest: Use foreground elements, like a grazing llama or a wildflower, to give your pictures depth and context.

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.

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. However, it’s crucial to consider older participants’ high altitude and physical demands.

Cusco Rainbow Mountain by Horse: An excellent adventure combination to reach the top of “Vinicunca pass” from Cusipata Llactoq; first, you start going uphill for an hour by horse. Along the Andes trail, you’ll see plenty of llamas and alpacas grazing and breathtaking views of the Peruvian Andes, glacial peaks, vibrant mountains, and rocky hills.

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 Cusco.

How long does the equestrian tour last on Rainbow Mountain?

After an hour of horseback riding, we will arrive close to the breathtakingly colorful Mountains, which rise to a height of 5,100 meters (16,500 feet). For the final 20 minutes, you must walk to the Rainbow Mountain or Seven Colors Mountain lookout; horses are not permitted to take you there.

You should dress comfortably and wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and a jacket are also recommended.

Bring a water bottle, some snacks, and your camera. If you plan to purchase at the peak of Rainbow Mountain in Peru, you might also want to get some cash.

The main danger of horseback riding on Rainbow Mountain in Peru is altitude sickness. If unfamiliar with high altitudes, you could experience headaches, nausea, and dizziness. 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 Cusco does not require any prior horseback riding experience. These tours use well-mannered horses accustomed to pulling riders of all abilities.

Bring a water bottle, some snacks, and your camera. You might also want to get some cash to purchase anything at the mountain’s summit.

Rainbow Mountain is one of Peru’s most breathtaking natural vistas, home to many other spectacular ones. It’s no surprise this location has grown to be more well-liked among tourists, given its vibrant colors and stunning views. And riding a horse is the best way to experience it.

Prices range from $300 to $125, depending on how many people are in your group.

With this extraordinary journey, you can experience the exhilaration of riding a horse while fully immersing yourself in the breathtaking Andean landscape. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore one of the most stunning destinations in Peru.

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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Tour Rainbow Mountain by Horse 1 Day COST

Season 2023 – 2024

Number of persons Price per person
1 $ 313.00 USD
2 $ 199.00 USD
3 $ 171.00 USD
4 $ 148.00 USD
5 $ 140.00 USD
6 $ 130.00 USD
7 $ 122.00 USD
8 $ 115.00 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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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.
Awesome Service and Tours Fernando and Patricia were SUPER responsive - usually responded to emails within 10 minutes!!. The arrangements they made for Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and surrounding areas were awesome.They were waiting for us at the airport and did everything we asked them. Our guide for the four days was Herberth and driver was Juan Carlos. Both were SUPER SUPER great. Juan Carlos was such an amazingly pleasant driver with cute stories. He also was a very safe driver. Herberth was very knowledgable and helpful. Took us all over the places with details about the history and details. We had friends who were not able to climb much and they accommodated us all.On the day we had planned to do rainbow mountain we did not feel great and emailed Fernando at 5am and he responded within 5 minutes with other options for us to do that day. Overall, if you are going to Peru and want to visit the historic sites, you SHOULD go with these people. They are SUPERB!!
Great memories for our family We went for a tour to the rainbow mountain, service was excellent and then we decided to go for another tour on the next day to the sacred valley, it was also excellent. Our guide was Fredy and our driver was Juan Carlos, two excellent people, honest and respectful. I recommend them. Gracias por todo, lo pasamos increíble.
Rainbow Trek and Horseback Riding A group of 7 of us did a One Day Rainbow Trek and Horseback Riding. Freddy was our guide and he was prompt and with us every moment of the journey. They were so accommodating to move the debrief meeting the night before because we had a food tour that evening. Freddy had so much energy, knowledge, and excitement to share with us about his native homeland. In addition, he made sure that we were well taken care of when one of us was actually sick from the altitude. It was such an amazing experience and Freddy made sure we got the best of it. Thank you! Highly recommend Kondor Path Tours.
Ido I
Ido I
MachuPicchu trek We had an amazing experience with the one day trek and the day after visit to the MachuPicchu site with Hober Guia, this guide is very knowledgeable of the history and culture, patient and kind and took care of all of our needs. The tour was arranged perfectly taking care of all small details. Very much recommend!
Maras Moray hike We recently did this hike with Bonnet. She was a highly experienced guide. V good English. Judged our ability well and made for a great day out.
MachuPicchu and Rainbow Moutain We worked with Kondor Path for two tours, of Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain. Everything they did was well organized, well documented, well communicated. The two guides and the driver were great, very friendly and knowledgeable. All were bilingual (English and Spanish). At Rainbow Mountain we rode horses to the base of the really steep part of the mountain (this saved some 7 km of hiking). But that last part was quite difficult! I'm glad I had prepared and gotten conditioned.
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