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Vinincunca Rainbow mountain & Red Valley hike – full day

  • Type tour: Day trip, adventure
  • Physical/difficulty: Challenging
  • Total distance hiked: 8 km / 5 mi
  • Temperature: Dry - cold - windy.
  • Maximum altitude: 5,200 m./17,060 ft.

The Vinicunca area is nowadays one of the most famous attraction that we have in Cusco perhaps in South America. It is a great point to highlight on your trip to Peru. It is a place with people who keep alive their local traditions, you will see herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, soaring condors, chinchillas and a great view of the Ausangate glacier which is the highest point in Cusco region. To complement these fantastic views, the Rainbow Mountain, located in a colorful and magical sandstone mountain range. Definitely a great place to enjoy the nature.


Cusco – Rainbow Mountain


Visit the colorfull mountain and enjoy the nature!


Day 1Cusco – Rainbow Mountain - Cusco

We will meet and pick you up from your hotel at 4:00am. And drive to the southeast for 3 hours, until ‘Pampachiri’. On the way once it will be getting clear, we will enjoy the beauty of the local communities and the local people wearing their typical clothing, actually this place is a perfect spot to enjoy of the big herds of llamas and alpacas at the fields, as well the great views of the landscape with the mountain chains at both sides some of them colorful others with glaciers.

At ‘Cusipata village’ (4,500 m./14,463ft.) we will enjoy a hot delicious breakfast to get energies and then start our journey to the Rainbow Mountain.

Approximately 2 hours to reach to the top, on the way again enjoying the views of the llamas and alpacas, perhaps the view of some vicuña herds in the wild life grazing along the valley, also the magnificent views of the highest glacier in Cusco Region which is the ‘Ausangate’ (6,385 m./20,945 ft.).

Reaching to the top (5,200 m./17,060 ft.) we will spend around 30 minutes enjoying the views of this magical and colorful mountain and also your guide will explain you what makes this mountain so unique, which minerals make different colors of stone striations, then we continue down to the ‘Red Valley’, it takes 1 hour round-trip. After enjoying this astonishment places we start to descent for 1 more hours until lunch place where our chef will be waiting for us with a lovely lunch.

After lunch 3 more hours in our private van back to Cusco directly to your hotel. (average time to reach to Cusco 6 pm.).

  • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch.
  • Distance hiking: 8 kms. – 5mi.
  • Average time: 4 hours.
  • Considered: Challenging.
  • Weather: Dry – windy – cold.
  • Maximum altitude: 5,200 m./17,060 ft.
What to bring?

Essentials for the Rainbow Mountain 1 Day tour

  • Original passport.
  • Small day pack – 30 or 40 L. for hiking during day.
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support.
  • Warm clothes for variable temperatures – 5 ºC: wool hat, scarves, gloves.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Rain gear: rain jacket, rain pant and plastic poncho.
  • Sun hat, bandana, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Personal medication.
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
  • Extra money (dollars or soles) for souvenirs, drinks, tips, etc.

Extra information

Included in the trek


  • It will be done one night before the trek, and here we will tell you all the specific details about the trek.

Professional guide:

  • Bilingual English speaking, experienced professional guide.


  • All tickets for the trek.
  • Ticket for the Rainbow mountain.
  • Ticket for the Red Valley.


  • Pick up in a private transport to the starting point of the trek.
  • Private transport back to your hotel.


  • Experienced trekking chef.

Camping equipment:

  • Tent with table and chairs to enjoy our meals.


  • Breakfast and lunch.
  • Snacks.
  • * if you have any food restriction, please let us know.

First aid:

  • All our guides have received training in first aid from a Physician.
  • Emergency first-aid kit.
  • Oxygen tank, fingertip pulseoximeter, medical infrared thermometer.

Price Excludes

  • Walking sticks (Pair)
  • Tips: For your crew.


  • Walking Poles: US$10.00 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended).

Price Reference

  • US$ 150.00 per person.

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