Cusipata, Cusco

Rainbow Mountain tour (Group Service) – Cusco, Perú

Have the best experience on this trip, visiting the 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 more visited after Machu Picchu. This tour gives you the exciting experience of climbing a mountain over 16,000ft, where you will be able to see colorful landscapes, majestic glaciers, amazing 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.


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, local communities!
At least 2 whole days in Cusco before this tour.



  • Due to the early pickup 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 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 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.

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

The adventure begins very early with our team picking you up from your hotel between 04:00 – 04:30 am 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 - 16:00 : 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 16:00.

Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
Transportation from/to Cusco
English – Spanish speaking guide
Buffet Breakfast
 Buffet lunch.
Drinks such as teas, coca and coffee.
01 Walking pole.
Thermal blankets in the car.
First aid kit & oxygen tanks​.
Entrances fees S/.25 Soles aprox.
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  $35USD per person


If you would like to take a horse, you would decide it in the basecamp with your tour guide, and also paid it there in Soles or Dollars.

Optional Extras:

Horse (one way) $20USD

Horse (round trip) $30 USD

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on Reviews
May 18, 2022

Gustavo was a awesome host. Absolutely breathtaking views. This was the highlight of our trip to Cusco even after seeing Machu Picchu and the sacred valley. I would highly recommend doing this trip.

May 20, 2022

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.

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