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Rainbow Mountain Peru

Rainbow Mountain Peru also known as Vinicunca is an undiscovered place full of beautiful landscapes, snow capped glaciated peaks, herds of alpaca, and pristine beauty. This hike allows you to experience summiting a mountain over 16,466 ft!

Throughout your hike to the Rainbow Mountain Peru, you will pass through a valley with the impressive Ausangate mountain towering in the distance, on the final stretch you will walk through the amazing red mountain valley, where you feel as though you are on another planet.

Don’t miss your chance to explore the Rainbow Mountain Peru with us and beat the crowds!


Trip Overview:

The Rainbow Mountain Peru is an absolute must for all those who love stunning landscapes and gorgeous scenery. If you are planning to Travel in Peru! You have to do it! It’s now the second-most visited site in Cusco after Machu Picchu! We have all arranged for you, you just need your hiking shoes and the desire to have the best trip ever.

By booking the Rainbow Mountain Peru with Cusco Journeys  you are choosing the best. Don’t believe us? Check out our reviews on Tripadvisor.

Perfect for: Travelers looking for a short, challenging hike in a remote area of Cusco Province to visit a one of a kind mountain
Duration: 1 day
Level: Difficult, depending on fitness level
Limited Spaces: This hike does have not a restriction on the number of people allowed, so there is always availability.
Acclimatization: The highest point is 5,020 meters or 16,466 ft, so it is essential that you are well acclimatized to the altitude before beginning the hike. We recommend that you spend at least 1 or 2 days in Cusco or the surrounding high altitude area before starting the hike in order to properly acclimatize.


Pre-trek briefing

For our Rainbow Mountain Peru, we’ll provide you a thorough briefing at your accommodation in Cusco at 5:00 pm, the night before your trek, and you can take this opportunity to ask final questions and make any final preparations.

Trip Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco – Chillihuani – Rainbow Mountain Peru  – Cusco.

We will pick you up for the Rainbow Mountain Peru at 4:00 – 4:30 am from any hotel, Airbnb, or hostel in Cusco. It is about a 2½ hour drive in our private van during which we will pass through a few traditional villages and see some amazing views of the Andean towns to the village of Cusipata. Upon reaching the Cusipata village (3,300 masl /10,826 fasl), we provide a full continental breakfast, perfect fuel for the hiking ahead.

After a delicious breakfast, we’ll head back to the van to continue traveling for about 45-1 hours on the dirt road to the trailhead, known as Phulawasipata. Throughout journey in the middle of the Andean mountains with magnificent views of the rolling mountains, we’ll pass quaint Andean towns such as Paucarpata district (3310 masl) and the community of Chillihuani, until the control point (Llaqto). In addition, while traveling we’ll observe the herds of llamas and alpacas and the occasional shepherd or local people moving about their daily activities.

Upon reaching to the starting point of the walk, known as Phulawasipata, located at an elevation of 4,650 m /15,255 ft. We start our trek along a meandering path in the foothills of the magnificent Andes. We will be a 1 hour uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountain. Along the way you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley. As you reach the summit of the mountain you will be able to spot some Andean wildlife. Vicuñas are considered to be the Andean camel and this is the only place in Cusco where you will see them in the wild. Vicuñas are in the same family as llamas, though are much smaller and they have the most expensive wool in the world.

Once we’ll arrive at the impressive Rainbow Mountain of Cusco, or Vinicunca, also called Mountain of Seven-Colors, which is located at 5020 masl / 16,466 fasl. Upon reaching the viewpoint of Vinicunca or Montaña de Colores, we’ll take our time to admire this natural formation’s unique beauty and feel the thrill of witnessing an unforgettable spectacle. This is your reward for the strenuous climb: Glorious layer of turquoise, orange, brown, and red rock sediment. Explore the surroundings while your guide explains the theories regarding this mountain’s origin that seems to be taken from the gods’ colorful dream.

Later, there’s the possibility of walking through the Red Valley, if the climate and weather allow it. Don’t miss this valley of completely red mountains! After some time to rest and take those classic shots for your Instagram feed, we’ll return down the same way we came for around 45 minutes or 1 hour. Our private transport will be waiting for us when we arriving back at the trailhead. We will then drive for 45 minutes to a local restaurant at Cusipata village where a delicious lunch will be waiting for us. Following lunch, we’ll return on our transport to the city of Cusco and drop you off at your hotel around 5:00 pm or 5:30 pm. End of the Rainbow Mountain Peru with incredible memories of a very unique day.

  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Total Walking Distance: 8 km / 4.97 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 2.5-3 hours
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,650 m / 15,255 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate to difficult, depending on level of physical fitness

*Horseback is available to hire the morning of the trek from local horsemen. Horses are not the property of Cusco Journeys. If you choose to hire a horse please note horsemen do not speak English nor do they always stick with the group of hikers and the guide as the horses walk faster than the hikers. Should you choose to hire a horse you assume all liability and ride at your own risk. Cusco Journeys is not responsible for any accidents that occur from riding a horse.

*We run our trips daily with a 2 person minimum. We take only small groups & private trips, to enhance the experience giving you the full attention of our guides and staff. (Solo trekkers please inquire as we can usually match you with an existing group).

Machu Picchu Extensions:

Rainbow Mountain and Ausangate treks do not include a final day at Machu Picchu. However, Cusco Journeys offers several Machu Picchu extensions that can be added either before or after your trek.

Our Machu Picchu Tour is an excellent way to relax in comfort after a beautiful yet challenging multi-day trek.
The Machu Picchu and Moray-Salt mine extension combines authentic, off the beaten path experiences along with a visit to Peru’s wonder of the world.
The Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley extension fits all the highlights of the area in a few quick days.
The Machu Picchu and Short Inca Trail 2 Days / 1 Night extension fits all the highlights of the area in a few quick days.



  • Pre-trek Briefing 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Private transportation to/ from your hotel in Cusco
  • Entrance fee to the Rainbow Mountain Peru
  • Professional & Experienced Guide
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and snacks.
  • Medical Kit & Oxygen bottle
  • Taxes

Not Included:

  • Hotel before/after the tour 
  • Walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms)
  • Dinner is not included on this hike
  • Horse to ride – you can add a horse to ride if you prefer
  • Water for the hike – please fill your bottles/bladder before you depart
  • Items of a personal nature and souvenirs
  • Travel interruption and travel medical/evacuation insurance (required)
  • Tips for your crew

What you need to take:

  • A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack or an appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings!
  • Lighter trekking boots with good ankle support!
  • One pair of hiking pant – not jeans!
  • 1 rain jacket “even if we are in dry season”
  • One warm/winter jacket / gloves, scarf, cap cold, thermal clothing full bod!
  • Bring some meds!
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptom
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, & tips for your Cusco Journeys staff.


We offer everyday departures. A minimum of 2 hikers required for Rainbow Mountain Peru and you can leave any day is suit for you. The itinerary is described and based on personalized service and departure is 100% Guaranteed once booked.

Daily Departure

U$D 119.00

Per person

Terms & Conditions

By booking or participating in a tour and any related products or services (a “Tour”) with Cusco Journeys, you agree to these Terms & Conditions.


  1. Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when the Tour Operator or your travel agent issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount. Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to the Tour Operator or authorized agent immediately. Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport.
  2. You will pay a deposit which is completely non-refundable in any situation. There are no exceptions.
  3. You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
  4. The only acceptable ID to receive a Student Discount is your University Card with a clear expiration date that must be the same year as trek. IDs with expiry dates the following year, even though clearly valid, will not be accepted by the Peruvian government. You must submit a copy of this card at time of booking.


  1. Cancellations: In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 40% is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:


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91 days or more before departure we will retain 50% of your deposit.
90 – 30 days before departure we will retain 75% of the total tour cost.
29 – 0 days before departure we will retain 100% of the total tour cost.

Inca Trail Tours:

  1. Permits: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Cusco Journeys (or any agency).
  2. In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Cusco Journeys will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
  3. Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.

Medical Information:

  1. You must advise Cusco Journeys of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
  2. You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. The Tour Operator does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your own unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level and medical requirements.
  3. Cusco Journeys reserves the right to deny you permission to travel or participate in any aspect of a Tour at any time and at your own risk and expense where the Tour Operator determines that your physical or mental condition renders you unfit for travel or you represent a danger to yourself or others.
  4. Pregnancy is considered a medical condition and must be disclosed to the Tour Operator at the time of booking. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry pregnant women over 24 weeks. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry anyone with certain medical conditions if reasonable accommodation or alternatives cannot be arranged.
  5. It is strongly encouraged to purchase Travel Insurance to protect you in case of medical emergency or any tour cancellations.

Tours and Treks:

  1. All balances need to be paid in either cash, Western Union, Transfer Bank or PayPal (in full) prior to the briefing which will be held the night before your tour. Visa incurs a 5% service fee and if you need to use another card, it must be through PayPal which incurs a 5.5% service fee.
    You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
  2. All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
  3. If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment. However, we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be presented for your travel insurance.
  4. Cusco Journeys will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Cusco Journeys cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  5. Cusco Journeys does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  6. Cusco Journeys may modify your itinerary where reasonably required in its sole discretion.
  7. Group tours might be as large as 16 participants. Groups are open to everyone no matter skill or age. By accepting a Group Tour you acknowledge that others might change the speed and timing of the tour.
  8. All tours are done in English.


  1. Any costs, whether direct or incidental, incurred by the Customer as the result of delays caused by bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, sickness, government intervention or other contingencies which are beyond the control of southern explorations will not be reimbursed.

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