Cusipata, Cusco

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

Have the best experience on this trip, visiting Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley in our group service option with the best guides, comfortable transportation, and the best food!

Rainbow Mountain:  This is one of the most famous attractions in Cusco and the 2nd most visited one after Machu Picchu. This tour gives you the exciting experience of climbing a mountain over 15,000ft, where you will be able to see colorful landscapes, majestic glaciers, remarkable and vibrant green valleys with herds of alpaca, and 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 on another planet!


GROUP SIZE: 2-16 People with 1 guide.
GUIDING LANGUAGE: English – Spanish guiding.
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION: Your hotel in Cusco/Plaza Regocijo (downtown)
DURATION: Full Day 4:00 – 16:00
DISTANCE: 8 km (4.9 Miles) Round trip hiking
ELEVATION: From 3,400 (11,155 feet) to 5,036m (16,522 feet)
GOOD FOR: Those with a sense of adventure and in good hiking shape.
HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful landscapes, impressive snow-capped mountains, alpacas, colored mountains, local people, and local communities!
At least 2 whole days in Cusco before this tour.



  • Due to the early pick-up time of services, we recommend you book your hotel in the 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 every day, 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 ft) and the summit is over 5020mts (16469 ft).
  • It is recommended not to take part in the trek if over 60 years of age or in poor physical condition. 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.

04:00 - 06:30: Pick up - Transportation to Cusipata - Breakfast

0The adventure begins very early with our team picking you up from your hotel between 04:00 – 04:30 a.m. 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 ascending for one more hour from the valley to the base camp of our hike called Phulawasipata –  4,600m (15,091 feet), 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 mountains, 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 surround this area. You will also see amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate snow-capped mountains 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 a hour, downhill hike by a different and one more hour by car to Paucarpata.


13:30 - 16:00: Paucarpata - Lunch - Return to Cusco

We will then arrive at 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 at about 16:00.

Pick up from your hotel in Cusco.
Transportation from/to Cusco.
Entrance fees.
English – Spanish speaking guide.
Buffet Breakfast
 Buffet lunch.
Drinks such as teas, coca and coffee.
01 Trekking pole.
Thermal blankets in the car.
First aid kit & oxygen tanks​.
Meals not described on the itinerary.
Tips for the guide and driver (Voluntary).
Daypack (about 30-40 liters)
Long sleeve shirt
Trekking footwear
Thermal layers
Waterproof trekking trousers
Wool globes
Sunglasses and sunscreen.
Cash for extras
Rain Poncho.
Bottle water
Snacks (nuts, chocolate and a fruit)


  • Regarding the food, we can also arrange vegetarian or vegan options.
  • It is also possible go by horse instead of hiking (highly recommended for people who live at sea level)


2-16 people with one guide  $55 USD per person


If you would like to take a horse, you would decide on it in the base camp with your tour guide and also pay for it there in Soles or Dollars.

Optional Extras:

Horse (one way) $ 20 USD

Horse (round trip) $ 30 USD

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on Reviews
March 20, 2019

La experiencia fue hermosa, a la vez agotadora. Sugiero mejor ir en caballo con los nativos, de regreso la caminata es más amena con una paisajes salidos de la imaginación de un solo Creador. Toda esa cordillera andina llena de nubes, riachuelos, nevados y vicuñas hacen de esta una experiencia hermosa.

March 20, 2019

We went to the Rainbow Mountains with 2 kids (9 and 10 years old) and even if we did not have enough time to be acclimatized the 3 hours drive and the time spent to the Rainbows Mountains worth it… I mean really !
This is not an easy walk but you have plenty of time to do it. You can even take an horse ride to go up and down, so you just have to walk the last 500 meters to get on top (5036 meters above sea level)

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