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Full-Day Rainbow Mountain Small-Group Trek from Cusco

From US$ 150.00
  • 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
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Full-Day Rainbow Mountain Small-Group Trek from Cusco
US$ 150.00
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. 

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 (59)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Most expensive but worth it

I did the Rainbow mountain tour with Flashpacker Connect. Their tour was 4 times more expensive than the going rate in Cusco. However, I don't regret paying more. We left earlier than most groups and were the 2nd group up in the mountian. It's nice...More

1  Thank vladyiv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
These are your Guys!!!

My wife and I, 63 and 60 years old decided the fast trekkers were what we wanted based on their reviews. So yes we did get up at 1:30 AM for a 2:15 pick up and picked up in a Mercedes van. So yes, we...More

1  Thank Erich P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Worth it to beat the crowds and see Vinicunca in the early morning light!

In retrospect, I wish we had the time to do the 2 or 3 day hike to see this cool area. Doing in one LOOOOONG day is kinda brutal for someone who loves their sleep. But if that's all you got, these guys are the...More

1  Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
early birds dancing on Vinicunca

Me (Aga) and Sergio would like to thank you wholeheartedly to Flashpackers connect for this unforgettable experience. Our group consisted of only 4 people (+2 guides). We started our journey at 2.40 am and we drove with a nice van upon the rainbow mountain. We...More

1  Thank aga_gierej
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Perfect Execution

The team pulled everything off amazingly. They picked us up at our place at 2:40 and provided blankets for the 3 hour bus ride from Cusco. We were the third bus at the mountain, which was amazing because it was not busy. Our guides Rosbel...More

3  Thank Michael M
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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
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