Private Tour: Rainbow Mountain from Cusco
  • Private Tour: Rainbow Mountain from Cusco

    Take a trip to the colorful Rainbow Mountain with this private tour. Experience the beautiful Andean landscape through a hike and enjoy great views of snow-capped mountain peaks. See the way native mountain people live, and of course get up-close to the amazing Rainbow Mountain. Breakfast and lunch are included in this tour.

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    Stop At: Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, Apv- Tipon-n11, Cusco 08004 Peru

    Find the rainbow in the mountain! This tour will take you through an amazing journey with undiscovered lands of typical Andean views where the culture is still intact. You'll see the snow-capped mountain peaks, Andean animals and the highlight of the tour, the painted hills of Rainbow Mountain.

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco and be transferred to the restaurant where the breakfast is served so you can be ready and have the energy to start the hike. The drive takes around 2.5 hours. Throughout the hike you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the impressive Ausangate Mountain showing its majestic presence in the horizon. You will experience how locals live in the mountains and even have a chance to speak with them. As you get closer to the Rainbow Mountain, you'll begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. The hike from the starting point to the Rainbow Mountain takes around 1.5 hours.

    Your guide will explain what makes up the existence of the Rainbow Mountain, and finally 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. Once you are back to the starting point of the hike, you will be provided a lunch buffet. At the end of the tour, you'll return to your hotel in Cusco.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "Not wheelchair accessible"
    "This tour is not recommended to people with asthma, heart problems or high blood pressure"
    "Minimum age is 12 years"
    "Remember to bring: Sun screen, Sun glasses, Sun-hat, trekking shoes, rain poncho, bottled water, snacks, money, clothes for cold weather & back pack"
    "Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
    "Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
    "No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
    "Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
    "It is very recommendable to spend at least two days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before going on this tour, in order to adjust to the high altitude"
    "This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
    "This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"

    • Start Time4:30 AM
    • Start location: Traveler pickup is offered
      Pick-up at your hotel in Cusco

    • Duration: 10 hours
    • Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Included

    • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Cusco
    • Private transportation
    • Private bilingual tour guide
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
    • Entrance ticket to the Rainbow Mountain
    • Entry/Admission - Cerro Colorado Vinicunca

    Not Included

    • Tips
    • Horse (rent cost 80 Soles per horse)
    • Optional: hike through the Red Valley (10 Soles)
  • 10/10

    Recommendation passengers 100%
    Rating based on 16 verified reviews

    Our clients

    • Cheuk Yin J H
      Posted on Martes, 07 de enero del 2020

      It is one of the most memorable tour we had been in!

      Rainbow mountain was in one of my wife's bucket list. sadly in the second day after we arrived into cusco, I got Diarrhea. I text to cancel few hours before the tour but it was too late and the driver and guide - Jose did turn up to pick us up. I was then feeling better but not in the best shape.

      Jose suggest to return to pick us up in an hours time and see if we are ok and I could wait in the base for them if I still feel unwell. We took his suggestion and went for it an hour later.

      Jose went to the office and pick up some warm water and thermals bottle from the office. we had lunch at the base and drive up to Rainbow mountain.

      There we ride a horse to almost the top of the mountain. The very last bit of the mountain, Jose encourage us to do it and we finally made it to the top of the mountain. it was amazing there and worth all the effort. Jose was always by our side helping us and encouraging us , and help us to take picture too!

      He is simply amazing ! 1000000% recommend Jose !
      thanks very much!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Shounak S
      Posted on Viernes, 06 de diciembre del 2019

      HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! My wife and I did this tour with Jose as the guide. We absolutely loved every aspect of this experience and this goes beyond the splendor of the Rainbow Mountain itself. Since this is a private tour, you have the flexibility to start at your preferred time. Before the trip, Brian was great at coordinating on start times, pickup details, pre-trip orientation etc. He helped us feel very prepared. The restaurant where we stopped for breakfast and lunch was also very nice with healthy food options and not at all touristy. Jose was absolutely the best guide we could have asked for. He paced himself as per our needs providing both support and encouragement when we felt tired. He was very caring and we developed a strong connection during the trip. He knew the exact spots to explore and also read the weather very well, which helped us avoid any rains etc. during the hike. All in all, it was amazing trip and all thanks to Jose, Brian and team.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Gary K
      Posted on Miércoles, 16 de octubre del 2019

      Best Experience of a Lifetime!
      Thanks to Joselo for an amazing time.
      His knowledge and passion was outstanding. He was the best guide for this experience. He assisted and encouraged my dad to get to the top. Will never forget this experience. Thanks again to Joselo and our driver Orlando. If you choose this trip make sure you ask for Joselo because he’s the man you want to take you to the top of Rainbow Mountain!!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Agus A
      Posted on Miércoles, 02 de octubre del 2019

      It is a must. View was awesome and Jose was excellent. He made sure I make it to the top and back in good condition. Get a horse, and make sure you arrive early to get a good pictures.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Lauren M
      Posted on Lunes, 26 de agosto del 2019

      We were excited to visit Rainbow Mountain, but we were worried about how we'd fair hiking at the high altitude. We opted for a private tour so that we could go at our own pace, and the guide, Hernando, made sure that we were comfortable and not over-exerting ourselves, providing us with interesting information when we took breaks. We also arrived early enough that the mountain was not crowded. The food for breakfast and lunch was also delicious with lots of options and much more than we could eat.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Dania A
      Posted on Lunes, 05 de agosto del 2019

      This was a tough hike for us but so worth it. The tour guides picked us up right on time, the food was great, the hike challenging, and the ride comfortable. If rainbow mountain is what you wanna do and you want to take a break from vans full of people, this is the one to get.

        General rating: 10/10
    • rh31510
      Posted on Martes, 09 de julio del 2019

      This was a wonderful day trip, but a very hard and long one. You do need to be acclimated to the altitude and it was very cold at the bottom and top of the mountain. But the view was phenomenal. I rode a horse most of the way while my adult daughter hiked. We easily met up at the top for photos. Our guide was very patient and encouraging. We did not feel rushed at all. Stopped for breakfast and lunch at a local restaurant which was delicious. We had great weather for winter but our guide said the mountain was covered in snow 2 weeks ago and you couldn’t see the colors. So check the weather before you hike. Great experience.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Rosanna S
      Posted on Miércoles, 03 de julio del 2019

      I loved the whole experience of Rainbow mountain and am so pleased they offer the shorter tour now that has newly opened up....I don't think I could have completed the longer hike. You get a lot of attention and great service from the guides. Fernando and his colleague took excellent care of us the entire time. The locals cooking is excellent and so fresh:) xoxo

        General rating: 10/10
    • ggallegosm
      Posted on Miércoles, 03 de julio del 2019

      The view is breath taking. Need to be in good shape for the 3-hour hike. Tour leader was very good. The remainders sent by email were a day late.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Marian I
      Posted on Miércoles, 08 de mayo del 2019

      We were in awe when we saw the Rainbow Mountain! Truly stunning! The tour was well-organized. Our tour guide Fernando was very sensitive to our needs considering that the mountain climb was quite difficult and slippery. It was really worth it once we made it to the top!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Luis M
      Posted on Jueves, 30 de agosto del 2018

      This is a difficult but amazing experience. The tour is very well organized. We were picked up exactly on-time by our driver/guide. Is a long way from central Cuzco so use the time to rest for the actual tour. Breakfast was OK. The needed essentials for the trip. We came from a Caribbean Island, so we live next to sea level. So altitude took a toll on us but we were able to do it. This tour uses a relatively new route, which is shorter than the old one. You will have to walk about one or one and a half hour from the point in which you leave the car until the pick of the mountain. The walk is amazing. Great scenery of the iced mountains, and then, the rainbow mountain makes it even better. Since the route is shorter you can be back at Cuzco at a time still good to go out. Use clothing for cold weather and wind. Use horses if you feel you cannot walk the whole way. My wife and daughter used horses and they were glad they did. The only thing I would suggest to the tour people is to use a slightly bigger car or maybe a small SUV to take the parties to/from the tour. There were four of us and the car was a compact car in which we were slightly cramped. Other than that, this is an amazing experience.

        General rating: 10/10
    • charleston4888
      Posted on Jueves, 07 de junio del 2018

      Jose was our guide and he was very friendly and attentive. He is passionate about the his job. Just know that the commute is long and the hike is tough. Be sure to bring warm jackets as the summit is very cold and windy. But it's an once in a life time experience! This tour is highly recommended!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Rebecca T
      Posted on Miércoles, 11 de abril del 2018

      We took this tour a few days ago. It was so wonderful. Our guide Jose was wonderful! He was the best guide I've ever had on any tour anywhere in the world. He made sure that we made it to the top! I absolutely know that I would not have made it without Jose. This was one of the single greatest experiences I've ever had. I am truly grateful to Cusco Unique Experiences and particularly, to Jose, for this amazing day. Please listen to your guide so you can have an amazing experience as well!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Devin R
      Posted on Martes, 20 de febrero del 2018

      The tour guide, Jose, was fantastic and is highly recommended! We were able to reach the top quickly, giving us enough time to explore more areas. We trekked down to Puma Lagoon and saw chinchillas, an Andean eagle, and even a vicuna; apparently so rare it was a first for our guide! Use this tour.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Tom W
      Posted on Martes, 12 de septiembre del 2017

      Excellent tour with exclusive and personal service from our guide Rolando!

      You need to endure the long day, from the early morning pickup from the hotel 03:45 and the 3 hours drive to the start of the tour. Overall, the tour was well worth it, and our guide provided excellent support for my 11 year old daughter. A word of advice, do not expect dining plates and crockery when being served your breakfast and lunch. It is served by the indigenous people in their traditional dwellings/restaurants, but excellent service provided.

      Having travelled and eaten with local Mayas in Mexico, this tour ranks equal for Peru and the Peruvian people.

      Thank you again Rolando for an excellent day.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Viktoria L
      Posted on Lunes, 30 de septiembre del 2019

      Destination is great but service is incomplete! unacceptable food with few choices which is a great mistake to start such a hike at altitude without having enough strength to withstand the right food. The driver was in a hurry. He could have been more patient

        General rating: 6/10

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