Rainbow Mountain

10 hr

E-Ticket

Instant Confirmation

Day Trip

Pickup Service

Group Tour

The Mountain of Seven Colors, is located in the Andes in the Cusco. In order to get to the trailhead, it’s a 3 hour drive from Cusco. To get to the lookout, you’ll need to hike about 6 miles. The trip is fairly challenging, so it’s not recommended for beginner hikers. But what makes the rainbow mountain turn so many different colors?. The mountain sides look like they were painted in yellows, greens, reds and...
The Mountain of Seven Colors, is located in the Andes in the Cusco. In order to get to the trailhead, it’s a 3 hour drive from Cusco. To get to the lookout, you’ll need to hike about 6 miles. The trip is fairly challenging, so it’s not recommended for beginner hikers. But what makes the rainbow mountain turn so many different colors?. The mountain sides look like they were painted in yellows, greens, reds and purples, but they look a little more natural in person. The reason why these colors have formed is because of ice that used to cover the area. When it started to melt, the water mixed with minerals in the ground, turning the earth into the many colors. Red areas are due to rust mixtures, yellows are due to iron sulphide, purples are from goethite or oxidized limonite, and the greens come from chlorite.
Rainbow Mountain photo 1 Rainbow Mountain photo 2 Rainbow Mountain photo 3

Itinerary Details

We will pick you up in Cusco at 04:00 a.m., from whichever hotel you are staying at in Cusco. It is about a three hour drive in our private van, during which we will pass through traditional villages and see some amazing views of the Andes.

When we reach the trail head for this hike, we will stop and enjoy a lovely breakfast, After breakfast, we will begin the hike at 3,700 m/12,139 ft elevation. From here, it will be a three hour, uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountain. Along the way, you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley.

Once we arrive at the top of Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to absorb the majesty of the red mountains that surround this area. You will also see amazing views of...
We will pick you up in Cusco at 04:00 a.m., from whichever hotel you are staying at in Cusco. It is about a three hour drive in our private van, during which we will pass through traditional villages and see some amazing views of the Andes.

When we reach the trail head for this hike, we will stop and enjoy a lovely breakfast, After breakfast, we will begin the hike at 3,700 m/12,139 ft elevation. From here, it will be a three hour, uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountain. Along the way, you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley.

Once we arrive at the top of Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to absorb the majesty of the red mountains that surround this area. You will also see amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier Peak in front of you. Ausangate is the tallest mountain of the Cusco region (just under 21,000 ft elevation), After taking a few amazing pictures we will begin our descent with a two hour, downhill hike.

After lunch, you may visit some of the local homes, where you can see the lifestyle of these people, who still practice the ancient traditions of the Incas. Here, they speak Quechua, practice their earth-based religion and agriculture. They honor the mountain spirits and the Sun, to ensure that their crops and herds flourish. The natives also weave the textiles that you will find in the museums around Peru.

Finally, after our interactions with the locals, we will start our return trip back to catch our private van back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel around 6 p.m.

Important Details

Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Breakfast
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • Transport by private vehicle
Not Included
Departure Point
Your hotel in Cusco
4:00 AM
Return Details
Your hotel in Cusco
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 02 people per booking is required
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Horseback available upon request
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

View Less

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.