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Full-Day Rainbow Mountain Small-Group Trek from Cusco

From US$130.00
  • Full-Day Rainbow Mountain Small-Group Trek from Cusco
  • Discover the dramatic topography and vibrant colors of Peru’s Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca)
  • Enjoy a challenging high-altitude hike through the valleys and mountain villages
Full-Day Rainbow Mountain Small-Group Trek from Cusco
From US$130.00
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Full-Day Rainbow Mountain Small-Group Trek from Cusco
From US$130.00
Most hikers come to Cusco to trek to Machu Picchu, but for a thrilling day hike, there is nowhere quite like the Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca. Set out on a challenging full-day hike through mountain valleys, Quechan villages, and herds of alpaca; tuck into a delicious breakfast and lunch along the way; and enjoy spectacular views of the multi-colored topography.
What to Expect
Your day starts in Cusco where you are picked up from your hotel between 2:15am and 2:45am for a 3 hour trip via private van to the start of the trail. You will be given a local Peruvian style breakfast prepared by a chef and fuel up for the hike ahead of you.
The hike to the rainbow mountain will take around 3.5 hours and is a distance of 7.5km (4.7 miles). Throughout your journey you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the snow capped peak of Ausangate towering in the distance. You will see hundreds of roaming alpaca, and have the chance to truly see how Quechua people live. As you get closer to the Rainbow Mountain you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. Your guide will explain what makes up the existence of the Rainbow Mountain and how it was formed, and finally with one last push you will hike up to a vantage point that gives you a 360 degree view of the beautiful landscape that makes up the sacred land. 
Red Mountain Valley Included!
There will be snacks on top and time to take a relaxing break to soak up the vistas where you can enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. After about an hour you will embark for your hike back to the trail head (2-3 hours), where you will have a gourmet lunch prepared by a chef in a traditional mud-house and depart back to Cusco. Arriving in Cusco around 6pm.
NOTE: This is a challenging day of hiking. Hikers should be reasonably fit, and spend some time in Cusco to acclimate as the hike takes place over 4500m (15,000ft) and is about 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) in length with an elevation gain of 685m (2250ft) We recommend guests have at least 2-3 days of acclimation. The main reason for the difficulty of this trek is because of the elevation. The terrain is a gradual climb and you are walking in a wide valley for the majority of the trek.
Pick up time is between 2:15am and 2:45am, please be waiting in your hotel lobby at 2:15am and keep a lookout for the van. You may want to bring a pillow and blanket to get some extra sleep during the van ride (these can be left in the van while you hike). If you are prone to motion sickness we also recommend taking something to help with this.
Reviews (69)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing experience!

I was traveling solo and I wanted an experienced and agency who gives back to the community! Well Flashpacker is the winner! My full day rainbow mountain tour was amazing and a unique experience. Also my guide Joaquin was amazing and very knowledgeable about the...More

2  Thank 884laetitiad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing Experience up Rainbow Mountain!

Our 1 day hike up Rainbow Mountain with Flashpacker Connect was the highlight of the week in Peru! Joaquin and Carlos were our guides and these guys made the already great experience even better. We had a VERY early pick up (like 2.15am early) for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank timfh422
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Hike to Remember!

Hubby and I did the 1-day Rainbow Mountain excursion with Flashpacker Connect, and it was such an incredible experience! We got picked up from our hotel in Cusco at 2:30am. Yes, this is an early time, but I promise it’s 1,000,000% worth it to get...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank chereneo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful Experience!

My husband and I had a great time with this trip. We would highly recommend it. Our Tour Guide and Driver were Joaquin and Mario. I would try to request them if possible as they truly made the experience and trip. Joaquin was extremely knowledgeable,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Andreatrimble
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went on this 1-day tour to the Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley on Nov 11th. Although very challenging, Jacob’s kindness made this experience perfect and unforgettable. 100% recommended!

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Response from wanderlustfromcanada | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response. I have no idea if there is a limitation on solo travellers but I cant imagine why not. Thinking back to this tour, a solo traveller would have worked just fine. Hope it all worked out. Rainbow... More