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Rainbow Mountain Cusco

Duration Full Day

Be part of that select group of people who have the privilege of knowing one of the three Rainbow Mountains that exist in the world, the rainbow mountain located in the department of Cusco near the Apu Ausangate makes this place in a unique landscape and spectacular worldwide. If you wish to have a photo in the rainbow mountain of Peru but do not have the time or you are not able to invest 5 or 6 days of hiking to arrive by the original way to this mountain, we propose a quick trip but to the time full of excitement and dazzling landscapes of the Andes with this one-day tour, where you arrive in the easiest way to the summit of vinicunca to have that photo you so long for.

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  • Type of Trek Adventure
  • Activity Level Challenging
  • Group Size Max Group
  • Walk along the Vilcanota mountain range
  • Look llamas, vicuñas, vizcachas in their natural habitat
  • Visit the Rainbow Mountain
  • Share experiences with local people in the area
  • Duration : full day 2:00 am to 5:00pm
  • Distance: 15km – 9 miles
  • Maximum elevation: 5020 m.a.s.l.
  • Difficulty: challenging

Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable ranging from hot and sunny to rain, wind and cold. Hikers should be prepared with proper gear and be ready for variable weather conditions throughout the day. Small changes in the itinerary are a possibility as well as trip cancellations due to bad weather. We reserve the right to cancel a trip if we feel conditions are unsafe. If this happens you will be refunded your deposit in full (see full Terms & Conditions), however trips still go out when there is rain, snow or fog. Temperatures can range from 0 degrees celcius in the morning to 15 degrees celcius in the afternoon. The sun does get intense in the afternoon and we highly recommend bringing sun protection.


    Our idea from the beginning is to be the first on the mountain, we intend to get your photos with the fewest possible people, so we will pick you up at your hotel very early in the morning at 2:00 am and be driven in our private mini van for an approximate 3 hours in the direction of the southern valley of Cusco until the beginning the road, we will have enough time to take a breakfast rich in proteins that make our excursion simpler than it seems. Our walk up to the summit lasts approximately 2:30 minutes with a distance of 7 kilometers, from the beginning we will marvel at the surrounding landscape as this area is the natural habitat of llamas, alpacas, vizcachas that are in their own natural habitat and live free with their shepherds. In the same way you will find local people from the area that inhabits this high Andean region of Cusco throughout the year, once we are reaching the summit we will notice certain variations of colors because of the minerals that these mountains possess is the which is why they are known as the Rainbow Mountain. We will walk a bit more of the summit to get a panoramic view of the area and get to appreciate part of the snowy Ausangate who is considered as protector of the city of Cusco. We will be an approximate 1 hour at the summit taking photos to then go down the same road to taste a lunch prepared by our staff to then take our transport and be in Cusco at approximately 5:00 pm.

Cusco is a department located in the south of the Peruvian territory, presents two well-defined seasons, rains and droughts, so the climate is a mixture of intense rains in the months of November to April and sunny days from May to October, temperatures with quite changing in the hilly part of the region, these being able to descend until -5 degrees in the zone of Ausangate during the months of June to July.

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The capital of the department, Cusco is located at 3342 meters above sea level, is where the planes arrive and is the basis of all expeditions to Machu Picchu and all tourist sites. On the other hand Ausangate is the highest mountain in the department with 6372 meters above sea level and many of the camps we pass are located on the 4000 to 4850 meters above sea level, therefore a previous acclimation of about 2 or 3 days in the city is more than mandatory.

We start an expedition with a minimum of two participants and we do not exceed a number of more than 8 members. If you have a large group of friends that exceeds our limit, we make a special expedition where we send a second guide to better manage the group.

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Our team is trained to complete the highest demands, all our walks merit a physical effort so the food is fundamental to continue our tours, if you have a special diet, We adapt to your needs and design a menu that meets your expectations.

There is no age limit, but we are very strict to demand a good physical condition for our walks. Ausangate for the same location is consider as a very difficult level hike so if you are looking for a pleasant moment, remember the best is that before your trip is prepared physically and mentally and this will help greatly during your vacation.

If you chose one of our walks that are more than 1 day, you will need a sleeping bag for the nights inside the tents, if you do not have one we can rent one that surrenders the comfort conditions for climate and geography of the place and we guarantee cleanliness and warranty.

Considered one of the most beautiful places to walk in Peru, AUSANGATE is considered as a walk from easy to very difficult depending on the number of days you choose in the expedition, we as operators seek to be sincere with our customers, remember that our priority is that you take a nice souvenir and not be a hardship during the days of trek therefore we recommend a lot of physical activity and a good acclimatization in Cusco before any expedition.

We take chemical baths with us for the convenience of our clients and they are installed in each camp where we arrive, we are very careful in handling this equipment with the intention of preserving our environment.

Our guides and all the personnel that accompanies in an expedition receive a payment for the days that passes in the way, the gratuities are not obligatory but they are part of a custom already generalized in South America, if you feel that the service was good and according to your needs a tip will be a good message for all our staff who will feel rewarded in that way.

Read all Review Overall Rating 4.7/5
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Justin - england
Reviewed on 14/10/2017

For me it is nice to talk about this company since during the days that we were with them they were professional, punctual, respectful at all times, kind and learned a lot, my wife and I decided to contract with them because we caught the attention of traveling without many people In the group, and also wanted a package where we do not have to be thinking about minimal details such as accommodations and bus and train tickets, they offered us an all inclusive package that was tailor made for us.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour
  • Professional local guide in English or Portuguese
  • Hotel Transportation – Rainbow Mountain-Hotel
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Box lunch deluxe
  • Emergency kit
  • Entrance ticket
  • Oxygen balloon
Whats not included in this tour
  • Water (please bring extra litter)
  • Voluntary tips for your guide, driver, cook
What Should Bring?
  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Water
  • Rain jacket / poncho
  • Winter hat and gloves
  • Rain pants
  • Snacks
  • Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)