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Cusipata, Cusco

Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley tour (Private Service) Cusco, Perú

Have the best experience at the Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley in a small group, with the best guides, delicious food, a confortable transportation and be one of the first ones arriving to this amazing place to get the best pictures.

Rainbow Mountain:  This is one of the most famous attractions in Cusco and the 2nd more visited one after Machu Picchu. This tour gives you the exciting experience on climbing a mountain over 15,000ft, where you will be able to see colourful landscapes, majestic glaciers, amazing and vibrant green valleys with herds of alpaca, the impressive Ausangate mountain range. Also you will experience first-hand how locals live in the mountains and even see them hard at work.

Red Valley: Highly recommended to visit while you are doing the Rainbow Mountain tour, this is an extension and takes 20 minutes more (one way). The red valley has an amazing view and it feels like you are in other planet!


DURATION: Full Day 3:30 – 15:00
DISTANCE: 10 km (4.4 Miles) Round trip hiking
ELEVATION: 4,600m (15,091 feet) / 5,036m (16,522 feet)
GOOD FOR: Those with a sense of adventure and in good hiking shape.
HIGHLIGHTS: Off the beaten paths, pristine wilderness, glaciar peaks, meet locals, Rainbow Mountain, the Red Valley and Ausangate Mountain!
ACCLIMATIZATION: At least  2 whole day  in Cusco before this tour.


 Professional Photography: Relive your amazing experience with professional photography included in the service.

 Small Groups: Receive a personalized service with small groups (2-8 people with one guide – photographer).

Best food:Best food with buffet breakfast and lunch in our local house in the community. (vegetarian and vegan options available)

Safety commitment: We include oxygen and first aid kit to avoid any altitude sickness (carbon fiber trekking poles)

 Extra Equipment: We include carbon fiber trekking poles (2 poles per person).

Confortable Transportation: Private and comfortable transport by van with heating and good music.


  • Due to early pick up time of services, we recommend you to book your hotel in Cusco city center. But in case you are staying in an AirBnB accommodation, we can arrange the pick up from a well known location.
  • We organize this tour everyday, for this reason we recommend the passengers stay at least one whole day in Cusco to Acclimatize, this is a prerequisite to go on this tour because you start to walk over 4600mts (15091 fts) and the summit is over 5020mts (16469 fts).
  • It is recommended to not take part in the trek if over 60 years of age or in poor physical conditions. Due to the high altitude and steep climbing, it can be dangerous for your health. Other tour operators won’t tell you this, so be very careful.

03:30 - 06:00 : Pick up - Transportation to Cusipata - Breakfast

The adventure begins very early with our team picking you up from your hotel at 04:00 hrs and heading to the small village of Cusipata (located south of Cusco). In Cusipata, we will make a stop to grab some last-minute items like drinks, snacks, sunblock, rain poncho, etc.

After the short stop we go to the closest local community called Tintinco. Here we will enjoy a delicious breakfast in order to be ready for the hike.


06:30 - 7:30 : Paucarpata - Phulawasipata - Trekking

After breakfast, we start the ascending for one more hour from the valley  to the base camp of our hike called Phulawasipata –  4,600m (15,091 feet), and this drive allows for some gorgeous, sweeping views, local communities, and many alpacas through the car windows.


08:00 - 9:30 : Trekking to the Rainbow Mountain

Once we receive a short briefing and get ready, we will begin the hike. It will be a one hour and a half , uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountain. Along the way, you will enjoy the amazing views of the Andes, snow-capped mountain, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley.

Once we reach to the top of Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to absorb the majesty of the colorful mountains that surrounds this area. You will also see amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate snow capped-mountain in front of you while your guide will be talking more about it.


10:15 - 13:30 : Red Valley - Return to the base camp

On the return we will also go to the Red Valley also called “Mars”, where we will see a red desert with an amazing view. After taking a few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a few condors floating on the air currents), we will begin our descent with one hour, downhill hike by a different and and one more hour by car to Paucarpata.


13:30 - 15:00 : Paucarpata - Lunch - Return to Cusco

We will then arrive to Paucarpata and enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared, hot lunch. After lunch, we will catch our private van back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel or Regocijo Plaza about 15:00.

Pick up from your hotel in Cusco.
Transportation from/to Cusco.
Entrance fees.
English speaking guide-photographer
Peruvian buffet Breakfast
 Buffet lunch (vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options)
Drinks such as teas and coffee.
02 Walking carbon fiber trekking poles.
Thermal blankets in the car.
Bag of coca leaves and sweets.
First aid kit & oxygen bottle​.
Meals not described on the itinerary.
Tips for the guide and driver (Voluntary).
Passport (This is only for getting the RM stamps)
Daypack (about 30-40 liters)
Long sleeve shirt
Trekking footwear
Thermal layers
Waterproof trekking trousers
Wool globes
Sunglases and sun cream
Cash for extras
Rain Poncho.
Bottle water
Snacks (nuts, chocolate and a fruit)


Regarding the food, we can also arrange vegetarian, vegan or gluten free options.


2-8 people  $110 per person


Daily departures with 2 or more people.

Optional Extras:

Horse (one way) $25 USD

Horse (round trip) 35 USD

Red Valley

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on Reviews
October 27, 2018

Unquestionably, this is the best we have done on the hike!
We took the less traveled road to Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley, the total time of about 8 1/2 hours. It is a very difficult trek considering the altitude (make sure you acclimate before taking this hike since it is very high).

February 4, 2019

Such a wonderful experience!
The hike is tough, but the view from the top makes every step worth it. For even more stunning views, I’d highly recommend the short trek to the Red Valley afterwards.

February 4, 2019

Amazing Rainbow Mountain!
I did the Rainbow Mountain with my family and it was an amazing experience it was very challenging but at the end it worth it. My children used horse in the hardest part but me and my wife did it walking. I recommend everybody to do this full day trek before doing any other trek toward Machupicchu, highly recommended.

September 4, 2019

Moderate hike! Early wake up wherever you are and fairly longwalk. It can be cold and windy, gets warmer when it gets later (if the sun is up). It´s not the easiest trail because of the altitude. Especially the last part. Just take it slow and breathe! The views are way worth it! The snow and the rainbow patterns on the mountains with the alpacas and horses on the sides of the hills. Will remember the day forever.

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