Full-Day Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley (Small-Group trek from Cusco)

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Full-Day Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley (Small-Group trek from Cusco)

*Small Group Experience* (max 8 trekkers) This full-day trek will take you and a small-group to Rainbow Mountain Peru, also known as Vinicunca, which is a undiscovered land full of wildly desert landscapes, snow capped glaciated peaks, herds of alpaca, and pristine beauty. Enjoy a freshly prepared hot breakfast at the trail head, snacks for along the way, a wonderful lunch prepared by a chef in a dining tent with table and chairs, private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco, a fluent English speaking guide, and all proper first aid and emergency oxygen to ensure a safe journey.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Rainbow Mountain Cusco, Urb. Balconcillo k - 10, Cusco 08004 Peru

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.

Duration: 14 hours

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"A minimum of 2 people per booking is required"
"The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions"
"Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately"
"Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking"
"Minimum age is 10 years"
"A maximum of 8 people per booking"
"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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers"

Start Time: 2:00 AM
Duration: 13 To 15 Hours
Start location: Traveler pickup is offered
We pick all travelers up in our private van. 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 our van. Our guide will pick you up at your hotel.

Cancellations and refunds: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


  • Small Group Experience* (max 8 trekkers)
  • Breakfast and lunch prepared by a chef (local Peruvian food, with tea and coffee)
  • Snacks for the trek
  • English/Spanish speaking FlashpackerConnect guide
  • First aid kit and oxygen
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Cusco only)
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Rainbow Mountain Cusco

Not Included

  • Water (bring 2 liters per person)
  • Gratuities


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