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  • Type of trip
    TYPE OF TRIPMountain hiking
  • Season
    SEASONAll year round
  • Distance
    DISTANCE8 km / 4.97 mi
  • Difficulty
Rainbow Mountain Private Tour - Details
Discover the wonders of the Andes mountains

Embark on an exclusive journey to one of Peru’s most stunning natural wonders with our Private Rainbow Mountain Tour from Cusco. This personalized adventure takes you to Vinicunca, famously known as Rainbow Mountain, renowned for its vibrant, multi-colored striations that ripple across the landscape. Away from the crowds, this private tour ensures an intimate and immersive experience, allowing you to fully appreciate the unique beauty and tranquility of this geological marvel.

Your adventure begins with a comfortable pickup from your accommodation in Cusco, followed by a scenic drive through the breathtaking Andean highlands. As you ascend to Vinicunca, marvel at the dramatic vistas, quaint villages, and serene pastures that dot the route. Our knowledgeable guide will share fascinating insights into the local culture, history, and the geological processes that created the mountain’s distinctive hues.

Note: Two important aspects of the private tour

  • Your guide will accompany you at all times during the entire tour, providing you with support at all times.
  • We leave at 3:00 am from Cusco to avoid crowds and offer you a more authentic and relaxed experience at the Mountain of Colors.


  • Professional guide.
  • First aid kit.
  • Oxygen tank.
  • Breakfast and lunch.
  • Tourist transport.
  • Trekking poles (carbon)


  • Staff incentives (optional).
  • Personal emergency horse.
  • Entry ticket (Foreigner – S/.30.00 x Person).
Rainbow Mountain Private Tour - Itinerary

Full Day Tour:Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

Our tour begins with a pickup at your hotel at 3:00. Then, we will head on a comfortable 2-hour trip to Cusipata, where we will enjoy a nutritious breakfast to properly prepare for the day that awaits us.

Once at the starting point of the hike, approximately at 07:30 a.m., we will begin the ascent to the top of Rainbow Mountain, an experience that can take around 2 hours, depending on the pace of the group and weather conditions.

Upon reaching the summit, at approximately 5,036 m.a.s.l., we will have time to explore the surroundings, take panoramic photographs and immerse ourselves in the grandeur of the Peruvian Andes.

After our time at the summit, we will begin the descent back to the starting point. Once in Cusipata, a comforting lunch awaits us to replenish our energy and enjoy the local hospitality.

Finally, we will begin the trip back to Cusco, arriving at approximately 17:00 p.m. This schedule may vary depending on traffic conditions and additional stops that are necessary.

Packing List
  • Water
  • Waterproof trekking shoes
  • Warm clothing (thermals, fleece, hat, gloves)
  • Waterproof clothing (waterproof jacket, poncho)
  • Sun hat, sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal medication

1Where is Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain located?

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain is located in the Andes Mountains of Peru, specifically in the Cusco region.

2How did Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain get its vibrant colors?

The vibrant colors of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain are the result of a unique geological formation. The mountain is composed of various minerals, such as iron oxide, sulfur, and copper, which create the distinct bands of colors.

3What is the best time of year to visit Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain?

The best time to visit Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain is during the dry season, which typically runs from May to November. During these months, the weather is generally clear and there is less chance of rain or snow, making it easier to access and enjoy the mountain.

4How challenging is the hike to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain?

The hike to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain can be moderately challenging. The trek is approximately 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) long and involves ascending to an altitude of around 5,200 meters (17,060 feet). The high altitude and steep inclines can make the hike physically demanding, so it is important to be prepared and acclimatized.

5Are there any alternative routes to reach Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain?

Yes, there are alternative routes available to reach Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. One popular option is the Ausangate Trek, which is a multi-day trek that takes you through the stunning Andean landscape, including Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. This trek offers a more immersive experience and allows you to explore the region’s natural beauty in greater depth.