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Rainbow Mountain Trek Full Day
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Rainbow Mountain Trek Full Day
Tour Type
Day Trips
Rainbow Mountain Trek Full Day
Maximun Altitude
5,100m (16,732 ft.)
Rainbow Mountain Trek Full Day
Physical Level
Rainbow Mountain Trek Full Day
Recommended Season
April to December

Rainbow Mountain Trek Full Day

Price from: $ 85.00 USD (See: Pricing)

Are you looking to explore one of the most rewarding treks in the world? Join us as we journey to the magnificent Rainbow Mountain or colored mountains in Peru! Get ready for a spectacular view!

Tour Plan: Cusco | Llacto | Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

Rainbow Mountain Day Hike

Rainbow Mountain Trek 1 Day – Experience the vibrant colors of Vinicunca Mountain, famously known as Rainbow Mountain. Located in the Peruvian Andes, it’s roughly a 70-minute trek from Llactoc in Cusipata to this unique geological formation. Enjoy hiking through some of the area’s most stunning scenery and finish with an unforgettable view between the ranges of snowcapped mountains!

Hike to Rainbow Mountain Peru: For an incredible adventure that won’t take weeks, take a one-day hike to Rainbow Mountain in Peru’s Cordillera Vilcanota range! Enjoy fantastic scenery and beautiful wildlife while you explore the unique terrain! Explore nature and connect with your surroundings on an unforgettable trek to the 7 Color Mountain Peru. Get ready to take in the stunning views that await you!

Rainbow Mountain Peru Hike: Embark on an adventure to Peru’s stunning Rainbow Mountain, where you’ll experience breathtaking vistas as you walk through the rural countryside. Get ready for a challenging but rewarding hike that will take you to the top of this unique landscape, giving you a new appreciation for nature.

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Rainbow Mountain Peru Trek Overview

The Rainbow Mountain in Peru, also known as Vinicunca, is a breathtaking 4.3-mile hike that takes hikers through some of the most stunning landscapes in South America. Along the trail, you will traverse high-altitude lagoons, picturesque valleys, and snow-capped mountains while gaining unparalleled views of distant glaciers and ancient ruins. With its colorful nature, unique wildlife, and mystical atmosphere, a trip to Rainbow Mountain is undoubtedly one of Peru’s most unforgettable hikes!

Is the Rainbow Mountain Day Hike right for me?


  • Type of service: Private
  • DOOR-TO-DOOR PICK-UP: Cusco Hotel
  • Pick-up time from the Hotel: 05:30
  • Trip departure time: 05:30
  • Other start times of the trip: The service is private, so the adventure to 7 Color Mountain Peru can also start at the following hours, “the client chooses”
    • 04:30 a.m.
    • 06:00 a.m.
    • 07:00 a.m.
    • 08:00 a.m.
  • Travel time from Cusco to Llactoc, “beginning of the adventure of Vinicunca mountain Peru”:
    • 3 hours (2 hours by highway and 1 hour by dirt road)
  • Rainbow Mountain Peru Vinicunca trek starting elevation: Llaqtoc 4,900 meters/16,076 feet.
  • Walking time to the top: 70 minutes.
  • Distance of the walk: 7 km/ 4.3 miles
  • Elevation of the Rainbow Mountain Peru Pass: 5,100 meters / 16,732 feet.
  • Adventure Difficulty: Ida Challenging! – Moderate return
  • Meals: Box Lunch “Lunch”
  • At the request of walkers, FREE walking sticks “write us.”
  • Time of return to Cusco: Between 13:30 and 17:30.

NOTE: The spectacular adventure to the Rainbow Mountains of Vinicunca in Peru is recommended after all your excursions in Cusco, generally for the last or penultimate day when the body is already adapted to the heights of the Andes.


Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Rainbow Mountain in Peru with our one-day trek. This trek takes you through the stunning Andes Mountains, where you will witness the vibrant colors of Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca. Our experienced guides will lead you through the rugged terrain, providing insights into the local culture and history. This trek is perfect for those who want to experience the beauty of the Andes without committing to a longer walk.

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Rainbow Mountain Trek 1 Day Highlights
  • Ascend to the summit of the iconic Rainbow Mountain Peru Vinicunca, and take in the breathtaking views! Get ready for a truly magical experience!
  • Experience the majestic beauty of Peru’s Rainbow Mountain on a thrilling trek! Discover the secrets of Peru’s unique alpine destination with our local tour guides for hiking this jaw-dropping mountain.


Rainbow Mountain Trek 1 Day Itinerary

Vinicunca, commonly known as the Rainbow Mountain in Peru, is a popular and spectacular trekking destination in the Andes Mountains. The mountain is known for its colorful striped patterns of sedimentary minerals, forming a landscape of reds, purples, yellows, and greens. Hiking up this 17,000 ft peak will reward you with the most incredible views of this surreal landscape. Whether you are a first-time hiker or an experienced climber, this trek is not missed!


Hike the Rainbow Mountain Peru

We depart from Cusco at 5:30 a.m. Just 3 hours away from Cusco, the walk of the beautiful, colorful Andes mountain range begins; we travel to the south of Cusco, where we cross incredible valleys and ravines with spectacular panoramic views, “2 hours of a road trip and 1 hour of travel by dirt road from Cusipata to Llactoc”.

The enchanting colorful mountains lead us to or near the snow-capped Ausangate, where explorers are amazed by the scenic natural landscape “impressive environment of the 07 colors with the snow-capped southern peaks of Cusco”.

In Llactoc, there are three vehicular parking lots; in LLACTOC, the adventurous walk of 70 minutes to the top of the vast mountains of colors BEGINS “the last 18 minutes are uphill with some steps”. Explore the Rainbow Mountain of Peru in its natural environment. The Vinicunca tour takes us through colorful ancient towns where the locals speak the language of the Incas, “Quechua or Runasimi.” They preserved the Andes of Peru for hundreds of years where little by little, they reveal the landscape wonders of the wrinkled Andes.


Rainbow Mountain Day Hike in Cusco, Peru:

  1. Departure: The trek usually begins early in the morning from the city of Cusco or nearby towns. Kondor Path Tours transport to the starting point of the hike.
  2. Starting Point: The starting point of the Rainbow Mountain trek is typically at a small village called Cusipata or Quesiuno, depending on the route. From here, the hike commences.
  3. Hiking: The trek is moderately difficulty and reaches an altitude of over 5,000 meters (16,404 feet). It’s essential to take it slow and acclimatize to the high altitude. The trail offers stunning views of the Andean landscapes, with llamas and alpacas often spotted along the way.
  4. Scenic Beauty: As you ascend, the landscape changes dramatically. The vibrant colors of Rainbow Mountain become more prominent as you get closer to the summit. The colors result from different minerals in the soil, creating a surreal and mesmerizing sight.
  5. Rainbow Mountain Summit: Reaching the summit is the highlight of the trek. The panoramic view of the multi-colored mountain range is awe-inspiring, and you’ll have the opportunity to take plenty of photographs to capture this unique experience.
  6. Enjoying the Scenery: Spend some time at the summit, taking in the beauty of the surroundings and the achievement of reaching this high-altitude destination.
  7. Descend: After spending enough time at the top, you’ll return to the starting point.
  8. Lunch: A well-deserved lunch will await you once you return to the village. It’s a chance to refuel and relax after the trek.
  9. Return to Cusco: After lunch, you’ll be transported back to Cusco or your original departure point, where you can rest and reflect on your incredible experience on the Rainbow Mountain trek in Peru.

Remember to dress appropriately for varying weather conditions and pack essentials like water, snacks, sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable hiking shoes. Also, decent physical shape is advisable, as the high altitude can make the trek challenging for some individuals.


Box Lunch

Physical Level

5, Challenging

Walking Distance

7km (4.3 miles)

Hiking Time


Starting Altitude

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

Highest Altitude

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


Rainbow Mountain Trek Full Day INCLUSION

  • Unique outdoor hiking activities around Vinicunca
  • A qualified outdoor tour guide.
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Llactoc round trip.
  • Admission to the Rainbow Mountains hiking trail.
  • Food: Box Lunch; “optional: vegan, vegetarian, etc.”
  • Portable oxygen balloon with first aid kit.
  • Logistics support before and during the Vinicunca or Montaña Arcoiris guided tour.
  • All Peruvian taxes.

Note: The vehicles to use “see the photo in prices.”


  • Cusco Hotel or Cusco Airbnb.
  • Meals: Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Trekking poles are “recommended.”
  • Travel /Health / Emergency insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Tipping.

Bring – Hiking Rainbow Mountain Peru.

Since the Ausangate glacier and snowy Ausangate Mountain are in front of the Rainbow Mountains, the climate of the Andes south of Cusco, where they are located, is generally changeable; it is advised to bring complete winter clothing even when there is an excellent weather forecast!

  1. An excellent daypack is the Eagle Creek Afar Backpack or a suitable pack for carrying your hiking items!
  2. Lighter trekking boots with good ankle support!
  3. One pair of hiking pants – not jeans!
  4. One rain jacket.
  5. One warm/winter jacket/gloves, scarf, cold cap, thermal clothing, whole body!
  6. Bring some meds!
  7. Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness.
  8. Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  9. Re-usable plastic or metal water container
  10. Bandages or moleskin
  11. Extra money for souvenirs and drinks.

Travel Guide

FACTS Day Trip from Cusco to Rainbow Mountain

Famous in Peru, the Vinicunca Mountain is reached on the Rainbow Mountain Trek; you can climb over 16,000 feet on this hike!

The Rainbow Mountain Trek is rated as a moderately challenging trek. The trek is a difficult ascent to more than 5,000 meters.

The dry season in Peru, which runs from April to November, is the ideal time to explore the Rainbow Mountain Trek.

The Rainbow Mountain Trek usually takes one day. However, there are longer treks available that can take up to three days.

Bring warm clothing, cozy hiking boots, sun protection, a hat, sunglasses, water, and a digital camera.

The Rainbow Mountain Trek is indeed doable as a day trip from Cuzco.

The Rainbow Mountain Trek typically includes a box lunch, a local tour guide, parking fees, and tourist transportation.

Peru’s Rainbow Mountain rises 5,200 meters, or 17,060 feet, above sea level.

While going with a local tour guide is advised for safety and convenience, completing the Rainbow Mountain Trek independently is possible.

The Rainbow Mountain Trek is generally safe, but it is essential to be aware of the altitude and take necessary precautions.

Due to the altitude and physical demands of the trek, it is not advised to bring kids younger than 12 on the Rainbow Mountain Trek.

The Itinerary usually involves a drive from Cusco to the starting point, a trek to Rainbow Mountain, and a return to Cusco.

Yes, solo travelers are welcome on the Rainbow Mountain Trek. Either a private guide or a group tour are options.

The Rainbow Mountain Trek is the only way to see Rainbow Mountain, not otherwise.

There are concerns about altitude sickness on the Rainbow Mountain Trek because of the high altitude. Before the trek, acclimatization is essential.

The Rainbow Mountain Trek’s price varies according to the tour company and the excursion services.

The cancellation policy for the Rainbow Mountain Trek varies depending on the tour operator.

It may be possible to alter the day you set out on the Rainbow Mountain Trek, but this depends on the situation and the terms and conditions of the tour operator.

You can make an online reservation for the Rainbow Mountain Trek through tour companies or travel agencies.

The tour company typically provides tents and sleeping bags for campers on the Rainbow Mountain Trek.

Depending on the group’s pace, the Rainbow Mountain Trek typically takes 2 to 2.5 hours to complete.

The Rainbow Mountain Trek can be difficult because it requires hiking on steep slopes and uneven terrain at Andes high altitudes. However, vacationers with a reasonable fitness level can complete the trek.

From April to November, the dry season is ideal for hiking Rainbow Mountain in Cusco. During this time, the weather is usually clear and sunny, making for better visibility of the rainbow-colored mountains.

Young children might be unable to complete the challenging Rainbow Mountain Trek because it requires a certain fitness level. However, active and in good shape, teenagers should have no trouble making the trek.

Although not required for the Rainbow Mountain Trek, hiking poles can benefit those needing extra support due to the steep and uneven terrain.

5,200 meters/17,060 feet) above sea level marks the elevation of Rainbow Mountain’s summit.

The Rainbow Mountain Trek does involve some steep and narrow paths that may trigger a fear of heights in some people. However, the hiking paths are generally wide enough to accommodate hikers, and the views are worth the effort.

For the Rainbow Mountain Trek, you should dress in loose, breathable clothing that allows you to add or remove layers as necessary. Sturdy hiking boots and a waterproof jacket are essential in case of rain.

The Rainbow Mountain Trek is considered risk-free if you adhere to your tour guide’s instructions and take the necessary precautions to stay warm and hydrated at high altitudes.

You can bring food and beverages for the Rainbow Mountain Trek. To stay hydrated, it is advised to bring light snacks and lots of water.

What’s it like

  • Take breathtaking views at the top of Peru’s Rainbow Mountain with our ultimate adventure in Cusco!
  • AUSANGATE: While trekking in Cusco, take in the breathtaking scenery of Peru’s Rainbow Mountain Hike!

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Rainbow Mountain Trek 1 Day COST

Season 2023 – 2024

Number of persons Price per person
1 $ 269.00 USD
2 $ 169.00 USD
3 $ 138.00 USD
4 $ 116.00 USD
5 $ 109.00 USD
6 $ 99.00 USD
7 $ 92.00 USD
8 $ 85.00 USD

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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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