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Rainbow Mountain Peru Day tour

Vinicunca
(526)
Physical Level
Trip Style
Hike
Max Altitude
3300msnm
Group Size
Min 2 Persons
Trip Length
1 Day
Starting from
$ 33.00
per person

Peru Rainbow Mountain Day Trip

The tour to the Rainbow Mountain Cusco offers an unforgettable experience that begins with a hotel pickup at 4:00 a.m. This early departure allows to have a scenic car journey of approximately two hours towards the south, reaching the district of Cusipata – Paucarpata in the province of Quispicanchi, where a delicious breakfast awaits us.

After a short rest, our next destination is just a 10-minute drive away: the FIRST BASE CONTROL located in the peasant community of Tintinco and Paucarpata. From there, we continue our journey in our transportation for about 25 minutes to reach the SECOND BASE CONTROL situated in the peasant community of Chillihuani.

At this point, we begin a 1 hour and 40-minute hike to reach the magnificent Vinicunca mountain, famously known as the Mountain of Seven Colors, which is one of the most breathtaking sights in the Cusco region.

From the summit, you will be treated to an incredible panoramic view adorned with a range of vibrant colors, ranging from green to red, hence the mountain’s name, “Mountain of Seven Colors.” It’s an awe-inspiring experience to witness the natural beauty of the mountain and the Andes Mountains.

The mountain’s altitude is almost as high as the Everest Base Camp, standing at an impressive 5,389 meters above sea level. As part of the tour, a traditional breakfast and lunch will be provided, ensuring you have sustenance throughout the day.

The tour concludes at approximately 4:00 p.m. when we return you to your hotel in the city of Cusco, leaving you with lasting memories of this remarkable adventure.

HIKING LEVEL

The hiking level for the Rainbow Mountain is categorized from level 1 to 4:

  • Level 1: Easy terrain with no significant difficulties.
  • Level 2: Mostly flat terrain with some inclines.
  • Level 3: Uneven terrain with moderately steeper slopes.
  • Level 4: Steep and rugged terrain.

Please note that the hike to the Rainbow Mountain involves various levels of difficulty, and it’s important to be prepared and physically fit for the chosen hiking level.

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Rainbow Mountain Peru Day tour

1 Day from US $ 33.00

Trip Details

  • Start of the tour: 4:00 am pick-up at your respective hotel.
  • Start of the Hike: Kayrawiri at 4430 meters above sea level.
  • Distance from Kayrawiri to Vinicunca: approximately 4km.
  • Maximum Altitude: Vinicunca at 5100 meters above sea level.
  • Tour Type: Hiking and Adventure.
  • Difficulty Level: High on a scale of 1 to 5.
  • Best Season: Dry season between the months of April to November.
  • Tour Duration: Approximately 12 hours (7 hours by bus round trip and 5 hours hiking round trip).
  • Acclimatization: We recommend being in Cusco 1 day before the tour.
  • Other Activities: View of the Vilcanota Mountain Range.

Itinerary

DAY 1:

Rainbow Mountain Peru Day tour

The Rainbow Mountain Peru day tour kicks off bright and early, around 4:00 am. Our private tourist transport will pick you up from your hotel, whisking you away on a scenic journey south of Cusco. After about 2 hours, we’ll reach Cusipata-Paucarpata, where we’ll stop for breakfast.

Continuing our adventure, we’ll drive for another hour until we reach the control point, where our hike begins. Our guide will provide directions and tips for the route ahead before we set off. The hike itself takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, leading us to the breathtaking Vinicunca, also known as Rainbow Mountain, standing at an impressive altitude of 5100 meters (16,732 feet) above sea level.

Along the way, we’ll encounter herds of llamas and alpacas tended by shepherds adorned in vibrant traditional attire. As we ascend through picturesque ravines, surrounded by the majestic peaks of Ausangate, the landscape transforms, revealing the vibrant hues of Vinicunca.

Upon reaching the summit between 10:30 am to 11:00 am, our guide will provide insights into the geography, ecosystem, and unique coloring of the mountain. You’ll have ample time to capture stunning photos of the iconic Rainbow Mountian and soak in the panoramic views from the lofty altitude of 5100 meters.

After our Mountain adventure, we’ll make our way back to the village, where our vehicle awaits. Following the trek, indulge in a delicious buffet lunch featuring a variety of Andean delicacies.

Finally, we’ll head back to Cusco, arriving around 4:00 pm.

Inclusions

INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip tourist transportation.
  • Professional Tour Guide specialized in high mountain areas.
  • Entrance ticket to the Rainbow Mountain
  • Breakfast and buffet lunch in the town of Cusipata.
  • Coca tea in the tourist transportation.
  • Blankets for passengers inside the tourist transportation.
  • First aid kit.
  • Oxygen tank for emergencies during the journey.
  • Walking sticks.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Emergency horse.
  • Rehydrating drinks during the hike.
  • Rain poncho.
  • Travel insurance.

What to Bring

Recommendations to bring:

  • Small backpack.
  • Original passport.
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat.
  • Gloves and wool cap for the cold.
  • Jacket for the cold.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Personal medications.
  • Water for the hike.
  • Extra money.
  • Long-sleeve shirts.
  • Personal snacks.

Why choose “MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL”?

“MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL” is a 100% Peruvian local company and tour operator in Cusco, with many years of experience in hikes, adventure tours, and travel packages. We are a 100% local company.

Our dream as a local company is to offer personalized travel and hiking experiences, operated solely by local professional staff, focusing on a PERSONALIZED and HIGH-QUALITY SERVICE.

We are proud of our reputation as a travel operating agency, in addition to practicing RESPONSIBLE and SUSTAINABLE actions with the environment and local people.

We consider our staff as family and guarantee them a fair salary. We are very proud of our team! Without their support, we could not offer the quality of service that hundreds of our travelers have enjoyed.

At “MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL,” we are aware that our reputation and what our passengers say are crucial for our travelers to trust their next vacations; you can check the reviews our travelers leave on TripAdvisor, Facebook, and Google; in an honest and reliable operator to create your adventure in Peru.

We offer small groups of travelers.

To offer a more personalized service at “MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL,” we maintain a limit of 8 people for each of our groups. This distinguishes us from other companies that operate with larger groups.

About our tour guides

We are very proud of our guides. They are experts and professionals, fluent in English. They are experts and knowledgeable about the routes, and they are passionate about Inca heritage and history. Our guides are dedicated to their continuous personal and professional development, researching to offer you accurate and recognized theories about Inca and Andean culture. They are friendly, athletic, and well-educated, with degrees in Archaeology, Tourism, Botany, History, or Anthropology.

About our treatment of Inca Trail porters

Hiking with “MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL” is an uplifting experience, we prioritize your comfort and enjoyment throughout the hike, and you will have the assistance of our porters. You will interact with local people, explore incredible sites, and rediscover ancient Inca ancestral towns. Our porters carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up our camp tents, and take care of you while you relax.

We provide our porters for free with: jackets, sun hats, warm hats, shirts, pants, hiking boots, comfortable travel bags, canteens, back support belts, sleeping bags, mattresses, and travel insurance. All are hired from isolated communities, improving their economic circumstances and supporting the education of their children. We treat all our porters like family!

Our team

Our team (guides, cooks, porters, muleteers) and our equipment make “MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL” stand out among our competitors. On our adventure hikes, we include:

  • Our tents: Enjoy a good rest in our 4-season EUREKA Timberline tents. Our tents are for 4 people, but only 2 sleep in each, providing space for greater comfort and storage. They have a small vestibule for boots and poles.
  • Our foam mats: Separate and insulate from the ground.
  • Air mattresses: Available for rent for $20 USD.
  • Kitchen and dining tents: Used as a meeting room during meals, ideal for relaxing and chatting.
  • Tables and chairs: In the dining area, adapted to the day’s weather.
  • Travel bags: Provided the night before the trek.
  • Others: Pillows, rain covers for backpacks, survival shirts, and chemical toilets are provided during the trek.

Our commitment to social projection

At “MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL,” we have always believed in giving back to isolated local communities. As part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we carry out various social projects and always hire local people.

We are very proud to support our local people. We not only employ them but also support their families, contributing to a holistic approach with our employees from the Peruvian Andes and their loved ones.

OPTION 1
SHARE SERVICE

$ 33.00 USD

(Enjoy this service in a group between 15 – 20 people)

OPTION 2
PRIVATE SERVICE

$ 94.00 USD

(Only for you – minimun 2 people)

OPTION 3
PRIVATE SERVICE

$ 165.00 USD

(Only for you – minimun 1 people)

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Karlia R
Karlia R
2024-06-15
Absolutely amazing. Book with this company. This was an absolutely amazing tour. Highly recommend, stop looking elsewhere and book this. We had to squeeze Machu Picchu into the one day we had free on our trip. We flew into Cusco the night before and Tania arranged for an airport transfer. This was usd10 and we had the driver with our name on sign. Perfect and easy. A colleague of Tania's then met us at the hotel to outline the tour the next day and give us our tickets. This was amazing and really appreciated the tips like what to wear, not to eat too much stodgy food due to altitude etc. The tour was absolutely fantastic. A private car picked us up at 5.45am and took us the 1.5hours to the train station. He walked us to the train station entrance. The train ride was awesome. We splurged for the vistadome Observatory and it was so worth it to have the dancing and the band. Everyone in that train was up dancing and it was 9am 🤣. Willy our guide met us at the end of the train ride and caught the bus with us to MP. He spoke English really well and was so knowledgeable. A+ guide. MP was epic. We did circuit 4 as 1 and 2 were not available (we booked quite late). We got amazing pictures and learnt lots from Willy. It was an easy 2 hour walk too. Back down on the bus to the town Willy took us to a restaurant and we invited him to have lunch with us. The restaurant had a great view of the river below and the food was yum! We had a 4.45pm train and to be honest we wish we had picked an earlier train (say around 2pm). We were exhausted and the town is pretty small so not much to do for 2 hours. The train ride back was again really fun with the band, some dancers and everyone up dancing again. The private driver met us at the station and took us back to the hotel. We then flew out the next morning. All in all an absolutely fantastic tour and tour company. Tania is the most responsive tour person I have ever come across. She was SO helpful and I can't say enough good words about her. Thank you Tania, Willy and our driver Selistino. We had an amazing day and it will be in our memories forever!
Patrick W
Patrick W
2024-06-02
Best Day Ever What an incredible experience! The whole day was carefully planned out for us and it all was well above anything we could have imagined! Our driver was amazing, very professional and helpful, the train provided views that were breathtaking and our Guide “Willie” was the best! Willie took us on the most incredible tour, he knew all the right places for pictures, his knowledge was amazing and he answered all of our questions and more. He provided a full day experience that was nothing short of perfection. This is the only way to go and see this; we’re definitely coming back!
Orlando A
Orlando A
2024-06-02
The excellent coordination, the attention Liz, our guide, very knowledgeable and attentive to our impressions Unique Experience, The best way to Visit this Wonder. Highly recommended. From reservation with Tania, guide Liz, to the driver. To play it safe.
Mary C
Mary C
2024-05-09
A perfect tour The tour was very good, Tania's attention was to detail, everything we needed for the tour was provided on time. I thank you very much because we took with us a very nice memory of Cusco.
Nikos S
Nikos S
2024-05-07
BEST EXPERIENCE IN PERU We made the Secret Valley, Machu Picchu and the rainbow mountain tours. Everything were excellent and very organised. Tania is very professional and any time available for information or questions. Also the prices are the best. I recommend for anyone who visit Peru to arrange the tours with this office.
ilias p
ilias p
2024-05-06
Amazing experience, amazing tour guide It was one of the best experiences in our lives. We strongly recommend that anyone of moderate fitness and above to try it. It is good to have a pair of hiking shoes to make the experience better. Our guide (Willy) was amazing, he helped us a lot with the trail, he was well prepared and we didn't feel any risk at any moment. Also, he was very explanatory about inkas history and the monuments we saw during the trail. The quality of this experience is very related to the tour guide you will select. This guy was one of the best tour guides we had so far. There is no comparison to the other guides we had. We strongly recommend this experience with this guide. PS#1: bring a second t-shirt with you to change before you take the traditional photos of Machupicchu. Ps#2: Willy is a very good photographer, and gave guidance about the best place to take photos.
Cesar V
Cesar V
2024-04-22
The tour revived history for us as we experienced the amazing locations we visited. I couldn’t have asked for a better tour. Gary Neslon is a positive and well educated local that has so much knowledge to share. We didn’t feel rushed or pressured at any time and the whole experience was one of a kind.
Nathan R
Nathan R
2024-04-15
Unforgettable experience in Machu Picchu. Willy is amazing. Willy is a great tour guide who is knowledgeable and very good at giving detailed explanations and excellent photo opportunities. He never rushed us and gave us the appropriate times needed to have a wonderful experience in Machu Picchu. Would recommend him to anyone.
Emanuele
Emanuele
2024-04-10
Something unique that is difficult to describe with words, the emotions I felt It was an organization predicted down to the smallest detail. The guides were fantastic for explanations and patience. The hotels chosen were perfect but above all the places visited were truly well preserved and above all magical

Faqs

What is the Rainbow Mountain Trek?

The Rainbow Mountain Trek is a one-day hiking excursion that takes you to the famous Vinicunca mountain, also known as Rainbow Mountain, located in the Cusco region of Peru. It offers stunning views of colorful mineral deposits that create a unique natural spectacle.

How long is the Rainbow Mountain Trek?

The Rainbow Mountain Trek typically takes a full day, starting early in the morning and concluding in the late afternoon. The total hiking distance is approximately 7 to 9 kilometers, depending on the route taken.

What is the difficulty level of the Rainbow Mountain Trek?

The Rainbow Mountain Trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves hiking at high altitudes, with some steep and uneven sections. It is recommended for individuals with a moderate level of fitness and acclimatization to the altitude.

What should I bring for the Rainbow Mountain Trek?

t is recommended to bring comfortable hiking shoes, layered clothing suitable for changing weather conditions, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a rain jacket, a daypack, a refillable water bottle, snacks, and any necessary personal medication. Walking poles can also be helpful.

Is altitude sickness a concern during the trek?

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern during the Rainbow Mountain Trek as the summit reaches an elevation of approximately 5,000 meters above sea level. It is advisable to acclimatize in Cusco or other high-altitude locations before attempting the trek. Drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol, and taking it slow can help minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

Are there any age restrictions for the trek?

While there are no specific age restrictions, the Rainbow Mountain Trek involves strenuous physical activity at high altitudes. It is recommended for individuals in good health and with a reasonable level of fitness. Children and older adults should consult with their healthcare provider before attempting the trek.

Are meals provided during the trek?

Yes, meals are typically provided during the Rainbow Mountain Trek. This includes breakfast and a buffet lunch in the town of Pitumarca. Please check with your tour operator for specific details.

Can I hire a horse or mule for assistance during the trek?

Yes, horse or mule rentals are often available for those who prefer not to hike the entire distance. These can be arranged through tour operators at an additional cost.

Is travel insurance necessary for the trek?

While travel insurance is not typically included in the trek package, it is highly recommended to have adequate travel insurance coverage that includes medical emergencies and trip cancellation or interruption.

Can I visit Rainbow Mountain without a guided tour?

While it is technically possible to visit Rainbow Mountain independently, it is highly recommended to join a guided tour. The trek involves navigating challenging terrain, and having an experienced guide ensures your safety, provides valuable information, and enhances the overall experience.

Travel Guide

Recommendations:

  • Small Backpack: Carry a small, comfortable backpack for essentials.
  • Original Passport: Always have your identification with you.
  • Sunscreen: The sun can be intense, even in cooler temperatures.
  • Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from UV rays.
  • Sun Hat: Essential for shielding yourself from the sun.
  • Gloves and Wool Cap: Mornings and high altitudes can be very cold.
  • Warm Jacket: Layers are key; bring a good jacket for the cold.
  • Trekking Shoes: Ensure you have sturdy, comfortable trekking shoes.
  • Personal Medications: Bring any medications you need.
  • Water: Stay hydrated; carry at least 2 liters of water.
  • Extra Money: For emergencies or additional purchases.
  • Long-Sleeve Shirts: Protects from sun and cold.
  • Personal Snacks: Energy bars, nuts, and dried fruit are great options.

Weather on Rainbow Mountain Trek:

  • Dry Season (April to November): Best time to trek. Days are generally sunny with clear skies, but temperatures can vary significantly. Mornings and evenings are cold, while daytime temperatures are mild.
  • Wet Season (December to March): Less favorable due to heavy rain and muddy trails, but fewer crowds.

Tips for Rainbow Mountain trek:

  • Acclimatize: Spend at least 1-2 days in Cusco before the trek to adjust to the altitude.
  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water before and during the trek.
  • Go Slow: Pace yourself to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Listen to Your Body: If you feel dizzy, short of breath, or nauseous, rest and inform your guide.
  • Use Trekking Poles: They can help with balance and reduce strain on your knees.

How to Dress:

  • Layered Clothing: Start with a moisture-wicking base layer, add a warm middle layer, and finish with a waterproof outer layer.
  • Comfortable Pants: Trekking pants that are breathable and flexible.
  • Warm Accessories: Woolen gloves, a hat, and a scarf are useful for warmth.
  • Trekking Shoes: Waterproof and with good ankle support.

Restrictions to take a look on the Rainbow Mountian Tour:

  • Health Conditions: Consult your doctor if you have heart or respiratory conditions.
  • Pregnancy: Not recommended for pregnant women due to the high altitude and physical exertion.
  • Age: Not suitable for very young children or elderly individuals with mobility issues.
  • Weight Limits: Some tour operators have weight limits for certain services like horseback riding.

Physical Preparation:

  • Cardio Training: Engage in cardiovascular exercises like running, cycling, or swimming to build stamina.
  • Strength Training: Focus on leg and core strength with exercises like squats, lunges, and planks.
  • Hiking Practice: If possible, do practice hikes at higher altitudes to get used to the conditions.
  • Stretching: Incorporate flexibility exercises to prevent muscle strain.

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