Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Full Day Tour from Cusco

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Join us on an extraordinary journey to explore the mesmerizing Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) and the enchanting Red Valley in just one day. Xplore Cusco offers a unique experience away from the crowds, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Andes. Our small group tours, exceptional guides, and special offerings make us the most dependable and thrilling tour operator in the region.

  • Beat the Crowds: Departing from Cusco at 03:00 am, our early start ensures you arrive at Rainbow Mountain before the majority of tourists. Experience the iconic Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) without the disturbance of large crowds.
  • Spectacular Scenery: Trek through a vibrant green valley, where snow-capped mountains and glaciers dominate the horizon. Encounter friendly llamas and alpacas along the way, and marvel at the otherworldly beauty of the Red Valley, resembling the landscapes of Mars.
  • Authentic Local Experience: Indulge in a delicious homemade lunch prepared by our skilled chef in a local house at the Ttio Community. Engage with the community and learn about their traditional way of life, including raising guinea pigs.
  • Safety and Comfort: Our guides are equipped with oxygen tanks to assist you as you ascend to altitudes above 5040 meters (16,500 feet). Your safety and comfort are paramount to us.
  • Intimate Group Setting: Enjoy the hike at your own pace with a small group of up to 6 people. This ensures personalized attention and allows you to savor every moment without feeling rushed.
  • Knowledgeable Guides: Our friendly and attentive tour guides possess fluent English and extensive knowledge of Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) and the surrounding area, enriching your experience with fascinating insights.
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TicketsAll Entrance tickets to Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley
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GuideEnglish speaking, professional local guide
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TranportationRound trip transportation from Cusco – Rainbow Mountain
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MealsBreakfast and Buffet lunch
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Pick upPick up from your accommodation in Cusco city
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MoreOxygen bottle (for emergencies) , 1 Wood stick (optional) , First-aid kit
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Horse (available to rent for 100 Peruvian Sol per person, in cash)
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03:00 am – Pick-up from Your Hotel: We’ll collect you from your hotel in Cusco and begin our scenic drive to the trailhead in a private van.

06:00 am – Breakfast and Start of Hike: Upon arrival at the trailhead, enjoy a nourishing box breakfast to fuel your hike. Embark on a 1-hour trek to reach the majestic Rainbow Mountain.

07:00 am – Rainbow Mountain Exploration: Spend ample time at the top of Rainbow Mountain, exploring the area, capturing breathtaking photos, and relishing the awe-inspiring views.

08:30 am – Journey to the Red Valley: Depart from Rainbow Mountain and hike for about 30 minutes to reach the captivating Red Valley.

09:00 am – Red Valley Adventure: Discover the fascinating Red Valley, with its unique, surreal landscape reminiscent of another planet.

09:30 am – Return to Trailhead: Head back to the trailhead, a journey of approximately 1 hour.

10:30 am – Drive to Ttio Community: Board our private van and travel for one hour to the Ttio Community, where you’ll experience an authentic local lunch.

11:30 am – Local Lunch and Cultural Interaction: Savor a delightful homemade lunch at a local house, prepared by our professional chef. Engage with the community and learn about their way of life, including their traditional guinea pig raising.

01:00 pm – Return to Cusco: After a rewarding and memorable day, we’ll drive back to Cusco.

04:00 pm – Hotel Drop-off: We’ll drop you off at your hotel, concluding our fantastic Rainbow Mountain 1-Day Hike with Xplore Cusco.

  • 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
  • Layered clothing (moisture-wicking base, warm insulating layer, waterproof/windproof jacket)
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sturdy hiking shoes/boots
  • Gloves
  • Moisture-wicking socks
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Personal water bottle
  • Daypack for essentials
  • Energy-boosting snacks
  • Cash for souvenirs and tips
Alcohol and drugs, Bags
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Stay Safe: Prioritize your safety at all times. Be aware of your surroundings, avoid risky areas, and take necessary precautions to protect your belongings.
  6. 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.
  7. Interact with Locals: Engage with locals and fellow travelers. Conversations with the locals can offer valuable insights and create meaningful connections.
  8. Be Flexible: Travel plans can sometimes change due to unforeseen circumstances. Stay flexible and open-minded to adapt to unexpected situations.
  9. 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.
  10. Leave No Trace: Practice responsible tourism by minimizing your impact on the environment. Dispose of waste properly and avoid damaging natural or historical sites.
  11. Use Local Transportation: Whenever possible, use local transportation options to support the local economy and have an authentic travel experience.
  12. 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!

Pay a deposit of $ 50.00 per person

Why book with us?

Choose us for an unforgettable journey that enriches both you and the destination.

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Why our prices of Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley is expensive?
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We offer a premium experience with small group sizes, ensuring personalized attention as we limit our tours to a maximum of 6 participants. Rest assured, our professional tour guides will make your journey exceptional.
What sets Xplore Cusco's Rainbow Mountain tour apart from others?
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At Xplore Cusco, we take pride in offering a top-tier service that goes beyond the ordinary. Our small group setting guarantees an intimate experience, allowing you to fully appreciate the natural beauty of Rainbow Mountain. Our tour guides are highly skilled professionals with extensive knowledge of the region, ensuring you receive insightful and engaging information throughout the hike.
Is the Rainbow Mountain hike suitable for everyone?
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The Rainbow Mountain hike is moderately challenging and involves hiking at high altitudes, reaching over 5040 meters (16,500 feet) above sea level. While the hike is achievable for most individuals with good physical fitness, we recommend acclimatizing to the altitude in Cusco before undertaking the journey. The minimum age requirement for the hike is 8 years old, and the maximum age limit is 60 years old. If you have any health concerns or medical conditions, please consult with your physician before joining the tour.
What should I bring for the hike?
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We recommend dressing in layers to adapt to the changing weather conditions. Bring comfortable hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a refillable water bottle. Additionally, carrying snacks like energy bars and fruits will help keep your energy levels up during the hike.
How do we ensure a memorable experience while avoiding crowds?
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Xplore Cusco strategically schedules our tours to depart early at 03:00 am from Cusco, ensuring you reach Rainbow Mountain before the majority of tourists arrive. With our small group size, you can enjoy the hike without feeling rushed and have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery without the disturbance of large crowds.
Is the tour environmentally responsible?
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Absolutely! At Xplore Cusco, we are committed to responsible tourism and preserving the natural environment. Our guides emphasize Leave No Trace principles, and we encourage all participants to respect and protect the beautiful surroundings of Rainbow Mountain. Additionally, we prioritize interactions with the local community in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner.
Can I take photos during the hike?
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Of course! The landscapes on the Rainbow Mountain hike are incredibly picturesque, and photography opportunities abound. We encourage you to capture the beauty of the Andean mountains and the unique scenery. However, please be considerate of other hikers and avoid obstructing paths or viewpoints while taking pictures.
How do I book the Rainbow Mountain 1-Day Hike with us?
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Booking our tour is easy and straightforward. Simply go to booking form, select quantity and date, then add some additional and then pay the complete tour or pay a deposit.
Do I need to bring my original passport to the Rainbow Mountain Tour?
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You don't have to bring your Passport, but if you want a stamp on it, you can bring it. The stamp for your Passport costs 5 soles.
Does the tour start from Cusco city, or do we stay at the Sacred Valley to do this tour?
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The tour begins directly from Cusco city. There is no need to stay at the Sacred Valley for this particular tour. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco around 03:00 am, and our journey will commence from there. Rest assured, you will get to experience the stunning Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley all in one day, starting and ending your adventure in Cusco.



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