Shared Rainbow Mountain Full Day Tour from Cusco
Experience the breathtaking beauty of Rainbow Mountain on this shared full-day tour from Cusco. Venture deep into the Peruvian Andes and be amazed by the natural wonder of Vinicunca, the famous Rainbow Mountain. This tour offers a perfect combination of adventure, stunning landscapes, and cultural encounters. Join us as we explore the colorful landscapes and immerse ourselves in the rich Andean culture.
- Witness the awe-inspiring Rainbow Mountain, known for its vibrant and striking colors, caused by unique geological formations.
- Trek through the stunning landscapes of the Andes, passing through picturesque valleys, traditional villages, and herds of llamas and alpacas.
- Discover the local culture and traditions of the Andean communities, interacting with the friendly Quechua-speaking locals.
- Marvel at breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks and the Ausangate Mountain, the highest mountain in the Cusco region.
- Capture incredible photos of the natural beauty that surrounds you throughout the journey.
TicketsAll Entrance tickets to Rainbow Mountain
GuideEnglish speaking, professional local guide
TranportationRound trip transportation from Cusco - Rainbow Mountain
MealsBreakfast and Buffet lunch
Pick upPick up from your accommodation in Cusco city
MoreOxygen bottle (for emergencies) , 1 Wood stick (optional) , First-aid kit
Horse (available to rent for 100 Peruvian Sol per person, in cash)
4:00 AM: Pickup from your hotel in Cusco Your friendly guide and driver will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Cusco. Be prepared for an exciting day ahead!
8:00 AM: Breakfast in a local village Enjoy a delicious Peruvian breakfast in a charming Andean village. This will also be an opportunity to acclimate to the higher altitudes.
9:00 AM: Begin the trek to Rainbow Mountain Embark on a scenic and moderate trek towards the Rainbow Mountain. The trek takes approximately 2 to 3 hours, depending on your pace. Along the way, marvel at the stunning landscapes and get a glimpse of the local flora and fauna.
11:00 PM: Reach Rainbow Mountain viewpoint Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for – the Rainbow Mountain! Take in the awe-inspiring views of the colorful mountain and its breathtaking surroundings. Your guide will explain the geological wonders that create this natural spectacle.
12:00 PM: Start the journey back to the place where our transportation will be waiting for us.
2:00 PM: Enjoy a buffet lunch.
5:00 PM: Return to Cusco Arrive back in Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel. Take some time to rest and reflect on the incredible adventure you’ve just experienced.
Experience the Rainbow Mountain like never before with our premium shared tour. While our prices might be slightly higher, they reflect the exceptional quality of service we provide. Immerse yourself in the best cultural experience as our expert guides lead you on a journey of a lifetime. Discover the true essence of Rainbow Mountain with us.
Shared Tour Price: $49 USD per person (Solo travelers)
- from 2 persons: $48 per person
- from 4 persons: $47 per person
- from 6 persons: $46 per person
- from 10 persons: $45 per person
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What to bring
- Comfortable hiking shoes/boots
- Warm clothing and layers (as temperatures can vary)
- Sun hat and sunglasses
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Camera or smartphone for capturing the beautiful scenery
- Personal water bottle
- Cash for souvenirs and tips
What to wear
- Layered clothing (moisture-wicking base, warm insulating layer, waterproof/windproof jacket)
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Hat and sunglasses
- Sturdy hiking shoes/boots
- Moisture-wicking socks
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Personal water bottle
- Daypack for essentials
- Energy-boosting snacks
- Cash for souvenirs and tips
- Plan Ahead: Research your destination thoroughly and plan your itinerary in advance. This will help you make the most of your time and ensure you don’t miss out on must-see attractions.
- Pack Light: Travel with only the essentials to avoid carrying heavy luggage. Pack versatile clothing that can be mixed and matched, and don’t forget important items like travel documents, chargers, and medication.
- Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially in warm climates or at high altitudes. Staying hydrated is crucial for your overall well-being during your journey.
- Respect Local Customs: Learn about the local customs and traditions of the places you visit. Show respect for the local culture and be mindful of appropriate behaviors and dress codes.
- Stay Safe: Prioritize your safety at all times. Be aware of your surroundings, avoid risky areas, and take necessary precautions to protect your belongings.
- Try Local Cuisine: Immerse yourself in the local culture by sampling the traditional cuisine. Be adventurous with your food choices and explore the flavors of the region.
- Interact with Locals: Engage with locals and fellow travelers. Conversations with the locals can offer valuable insights and create meaningful connections.
- Be Flexible: Travel plans can sometimes change due to unforeseen circumstances. Stay flexible and open-minded to adapt to unexpected situations.
- Document Your Journey: Take photos and keep a travel journal to capture the memories of your trip. These mementos will allow you to relive your experiences long after the journey ends.
- Leave No Trace: Practice responsible tourism by minimizing your impact on the environment. Dispose of waste properly and avoid damaging natural or historical sites.
- Use Local Transportation: Whenever possible, use local transportation options to support the local economy and have an authentic travel experience.
- Stay Mindful of Cultural Sensitivities: Be mindful of cultural sensitivities, especially when taking photographs or discussing sensitive topics. Ask for permission before photographing people, religious sites, or private properties.
Things to Know
1. Altitude and Acclimatization
Rainbow Mountain is located at a high altitude of approximately 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) above sea level. Altitude sickness can be a concern for some visitors. It’s essential to acclimate to the altitude in Cusco for a few days before the tour. Stay hydrated and take it easy during the trek to minimize the risk of altitude-related discomfort.
2. Physical Fitness Level
The trek to Rainbow Mountain is considered moderate in difficulty, involving a hike of approximately 3 to 4 hours each way. Participants should have a reasonable level of physical fitness and be able to handle uneven terrain and uphill sections. If you have any health concerns, consult with a medical professional before the tour.
3. Weather Conditions
The weather in the Andes can be unpredictable. Be prepared for cold temperatures, strong winds, and sudden changes in weather. Dress in layers to adjust to temperature fluctuations throughout the day. A waterproof and windproof jacket is essential to protect against rain or chilly winds.
4. Packing Essentials
Pack accordingly for the day trip. Essentials include comfortable trekking clothing, sturdy hiking shoes or boots, a daypack for carrying essentials, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, gloves, and a refillable water bottle. Don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning scenery!
5. Respect the Environment and Locals
Rainbow Mountain is a natural wonder, and it’s crucial to preserve its beauty. Avoid leaving any trash behind and stay on designated paths to protect the fragile ecosystem. Be respectful to the local Quechua-speaking communities, their customs, and their environment.
6. Guided Tours
It’s highly recommended to join a guided tour for the Rainbow Mountain trek. Experienced guides can provide valuable insights, ensure your safety, and navigate the best routes for the optimal viewing experience.
7. Altitude Sickness Remedies
If you’re concerned about altitude sickness, consider bringing remedies like coca leaves or altitude sickness medication. Coca leaves are commonly used by locals to alleviate symptoms.
8. Cash for Souvenirs and Tips
Carry some local currency to purchase souvenirs from the local vendors at Rainbow Mountain. Additionally, if you feel your guides provided an excellent experience, it’s customary to tip them as a token of appreciation.
9. Photography and Respectful Photography
Rainbow Mountain offers breathtaking photo opportunities. Capture the beauty but also remember to be respectful of the local culture and people. Always ask for permission before taking close-up photos of individuals.
10. Enjoy the Journey
Above all, embrace the journey and immerse yourself in the unique experience of Rainbow Mountain. The trek may be challenging at times, but the stunning landscapes and vibrant colors will make it all worthwhile. Savor every moment and create lasting memories!
How long does the tour last?
The Rainbow Mountain Shared Tour is typically a full-day tour, lasting around 12 to 14 hours, including transportation to and from Cusco, the trek to Rainbow Mountain, and various stops along the way.
What is the level of difficulty for the trek?
The trek to Rainbow Mountain is considered moderate in difficulty. It involves hiking at high altitudes and uneven terrain, making it suitable for individuals with a reasonable level of physical fitness.
Is acclimatization necessary for the tour?
Yes, acclimatization is essential due to the high altitude of Rainbow Mountain. It's recommended to spend a few days in Cusco or other high-altitude locations before the tour to reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
What should I wear and pack for the tour?
Recommended items include layered clothing for varying weather conditions, sturdy hiking shoes or boots, a daypack for essentials, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, gloves, a refillable water bottle, and a camera.
Are meals provided during the tour?
Yes, most tours include breakfast and a packed lunch to be enjoyed during the trek. It's essential to confirm with the tour operator beforehand to ensure meals are included.
Are there restroom facilities along the trek?
Restroom facilities along the trek are limited, mainly consisting of basic outdoor facilities. It's advisable to use restroom facilities before beginning the trek.
Can I join the tour if I have health concerns?
Individuals with significant health concerns, especially related to high altitude, should consult with a medical professional before joining the tour. It's essential to prioritize your well-being and safety.
How large are the shared tour groups?
The size of shared tour groups can vary from 10 to 15 persons.
Can I take children on the tour?
While children can join the tour, it's important to consider the physical demands of the trek and the high altitude. Parents should assess whether the tour is suitable for their child's age and fitness level.
How high is Rainbow Mountain, and will I experience altitude sickness during the tour?
Rainbow Mountain's elevation is approximately 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) above sea level. Altitude sickness may occur during the tour, so acclimating beforehand and taking necessary precautions is important.