Rainbow Mountain Full Day Tour

About this activity:

"Explore Colorful Wonders: Conquering the colorful majesty of Rainbow Mountain at 16,404 feet".
"Embark on an exhilarating odyssey to 16,404 feet and immerse yourself in the breathtaking spectacle of Rainbow Mountain. Witness vibrant hues cascade down its slopes, a high-altitude adventure amidst nature's vivid canvas."

Tour details:

Rainbow Mountain is a unique natural formation located close to the Ausangate Mountain range. This mountain reflects its name, in that it features brightly colored minerals that cascade down and blend into each other. This challenging hike takes you up to approximately 5,000 meters (16,404 feet) so it is only recommended for travelers who are well acclimated to the high altitude.

Full Itinerary: Rainbow Mountain Full Day Tour

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at about 4:00 am, and from there we will drive about 4 hours to the south of Cusco. We will follow the highway before following a mountain road that passes through traditional villages and fertile valleys. When we reach the trail head for this hike, we will stop and enjoy a lovely breakfast. If it is a clear day we will be able to see the nearby snow-capped Ausangate Mountain, which is the tallest mountain in the Cusco Province at 6,384 meters or 20,945 feet.

Then we will start hiking at 4,350 meters (14,271 feet) and it will take about 2 hours to reach the top of Rainbow Mountain. First, we will go through a valley, gradually ascending and will be able to see alpacas and llamas. We will reach the first pass which is at 4,710 meters (15,454 feet) and can stop to have a break and eat some snacks.

Here, we will be able to see our destination, and then will finish the hike to the top of Rainbow Mountain which is at 4,980 meters (16,338 feet). This incredible mountain features a mix of colors (red, orange, yellow, green, and purple) as a result from the minerals it is formed from. You will have the option to hike up another 50 meters (164 feet) to take incredible photos of this beautiful natural formation, and finally we will start our descent. Hiking downhill, we will reach our vehicle in about 3 hours. We will then drive back to Cusco, dropping you off at your hotel at approximately 7:00 pm.

Additional Information

  • 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, could be a kind of challenge
  • Limited spaces?: This hike does have not a restriction on the number of people allowed, so there is always availability.
  • Acclimatization – Very important: The highest point is 5,030 meters or 16,502 feet, so it is essential that you are well acclimatized to the altitude before beginning the hike. We recommend that you spend at least 2-3 days in Cusco or the surrounding high-altitude area before starting the hike in order to properly acclimatize.
  • Water: If you will need water, we can provide you more boiling water after every meal.
  • A small day backpack to carry your personal belongings and boxed lunch
  • Trekking poles if you have by your own
  • Trekking shoes or light hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Rain jacket and plastic poncho (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March)
  • Comfortable hiking clothes
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Cap for the sun
  • Warm clothes including a fleece, warm hat, and gloves
  • Toilet paper
  • Water 1liter minimum.

During the Inca Short Inca Trail, it is important to note that there will be no porters to carry your belongings, we advise you to try to pack as light as possible. The best recommendation is to bring a good quality daypack (there are good brands for adventure travelers) that is light and comfortable. Keep in mind that due to local regulations, your backpack should not exceed 25 liters. Large backpacks cannot enter Machu Picchu; there are lockers at the entrance to Machu Picchu where you can store them.

In case of an emergency, where you need a personal porter, this can be communicated to the sales consultant and booked for an additional charge. However, it is not recommended, since we can send some of your belongings directly to the hotel by train at no additional cost (must be requested in advance).

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FAQs Rainbow Mountain Full Day Tour


  • Transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the start of the hike and back to your hotel at the end
  • Entrance ticket to Rainbow Mountain
  • Experienced tour guide fluent in English, Spanish and Quechua. Our guides are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid and administer oxygen if needed.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch and snacks for the hike
  • Walking poles

Not included

  • Horse to ride (this can be contracted at the beginning of the hike if you prefer for 100 soles)
  • Tips

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