Private: Vinicunca 7 Color Rainbow Mountain Full-Day Hiking Tour

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Private: Vinicunca 7 Color Rainbow Mountain Full-Day Hiking Tour
from USD $165.00
Vinicunca, the Mountain of 7 Colors, or Rainbow Mountain, is located in the Southern Region of Cusco. This gratifies even the most demanding travelers and trekkers, endowing unforgettable memories of the raw sites of and around it. Sumptuous panoramas of high mountains, formidable glaciers, crystalline rivers, calm lakes, harmonious pastoral scenes of grazing alpaca kept by Andean natives and the humble families of the region. This new route is genuinely unique and is a real adventure through a preserved wild natural terrain and includes Puka Punta, "red lead", a mountain in the Willkanuta mountain range and small communities of Quechua-speaking descendants. The route reaches great heights between 4710m and 5200m for stunning eagle eye views. Explore this route and it is likely that you will have this extension to the south all to yourself, encountering few or no other route hikers. The Vinicunca One-Day Tour is able to offer travelers an alternative trail that is paramount.
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In Brief

Cercado de Lima, Peru
1 day
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Stop At: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, Cordillera Vilcanota, Cercado de Lima 08225, Peru

The route reaches great heights between 4710m and 5200m for stunning eagle eye views. Explore this route and it's likely that you will have this extension to the south all to yourself, encountering few or no other route hikers. The Vinicunca one-day tour is able to offer travelers an alternative trail that is paramount to other trips and destinations.

You will be picked up from your hotel at 4:30am and head south through the town of Urco to the Cecacupe District (2 hours by bus) and then follow the path to Piturmata. Continue along the road through small villages until you arrive at the community of Hanchipata ­Quesuno (1 hour and 20 minutes by bus), the ideal starting point to walk the route. You will see many mountains such as Ausangate, beautiful blue lagoons, and many other natural sites.

The walk to Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) will last approximately 3 hours. At this peak you will savor the view for about an hour taking photos of the beautiful scenery before descending the path and returning to the bus. It will take 2.5 hours to transport back to Cusco.

Duration: 45 minutes


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • First aid kit
  • Entry/Admission - Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain


  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Horse
  • Hotel drop-off

Departure Time

4:30 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Booking Information

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

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 2.75 out of 5 based on the last 8 recent reviews

Our guide was very friendly and informative. Picked up from my hotel on time, took a nap in the van and had breakfast before the hike with a local family- food was delicious! The hike was everything they said it would be, 9 challenging miles, bring water, snacks and rent a trekking pole from the locals s/5. The elevation will hit you, no matter how great of shape your in but, keep moving, pace yourself and enjoy the view at the top : worse case, rent a horse at the bottom and ride up! Also had a late lunch with the same local family upon our return before our return to Cusco - great expenicence- great trip.
• Submitted 05 Jun 2017
A great experience to people that love walk and mountains. You shoud to be prepare to walk and up very high, but the final vision is a conquest!
• Submitted 25 May 2017
Loved it. I didn't realize the toll my body would take due to the altitude. When we arrived the guide did not have our tickets immediately available to enter however the group reimbursed us the cost and met us at our hotel.
• Submitted 25 Sep 2017
It was an amazing experience, the tour guide explained very well the options everybody had, walking or getting up by horse. Everybody needs to be aware, for walking up all the way you need to be in good physical condition, it is in high altitude.
• Submitted 27 May 2017
Our tour was on 14/11/17. It was positive that the tour operator managed to get us to and from Rainbow Mountain. However, the tour was terribly disorganized. The bus was over half an hour late picking us up in the morning, with no explanation why. The guide helping the driver seemed confused about where to pick up the rest of the tour group and how to find their locations. After about 45minutes of driving around trying to find the rest of the group, we picked up the guide. The guide seemed to jump off of the tour bus every 45 minutes on the drive to Rainbow Mountain, and he seemed to be asking for directions. We reached breakfast at a local's house, where the food was nice and well-prepared. This part was well-organized. Then we continued on to Rainbow Mountain. Again, the guide did not seem to be aware of where we could stop for bathroom breaks and seemed to be asking locals for directions regularly. We arrived at Rainbow Mountain approximately 12:30pm. Most other tour groups seemed to be coming back down. Our guide did not give us any history of the mountain or area, he just seemed to walk with us. He only had a small backpack, so I'm not sure if he had emergency oxygen or not considering how many of our group were affected by the altitude at 5100m above sea level, I would have thought he would have let us know. We returned back to the tour bus approximately 2:30-3pm, where we were certainly the last group there. By this point a hail storm had started and light snow was covering the ground. We arrived to lunch around 4:30pm at the same local's house - again, this was beautifully cooked and well-prepared. We finally arrived back in Cusco at approximately 8:30pm at night - well after the anticipated 4-5pm return time. The bus successfully got us to and from Rainbow Mountain, and the breakfast and lunch were great, however considering the lack of organization by the guides, I'm not sure it was a tour. The lack of knowledge the company seemed to have about travel time and their lateness made me think they had not done this tour many times before. This could be wrong, but based on the guide asking for directions and the gross underestimation of travel time, it didn't come across like they were familiar with the trip.
• Submitted 05 Dec 2017
Buyers beware—this “tour” is complete garbage! They will not pick you up at your hotel and the guide will not be present at all along the trail. Furthermore, don’t bother specifying a language as you’ll get whatever’s available. The transportation won’t be climate controlled either.
• Submitted 16 Nov 2017
We paid 50 more for this excursion and we met with other couple who took the other excursion and basically comparing both.. it was the same, We had a 5 breakfast and a 8 lunch.. if much. We feel cheated for what we paid..
• Submitted 05 Sep 2017
In the voucher it said they will pick us up at 3 am- or maybe half or an hour earlier !!. So I phoned to the agency the day befor and they said they will pick us up at 4:30... So we waited outside in the 3C for like 40 minutes because the bus arrived around 5:10 and after that we had to pick up more passengers so we left Cusco around 5:45 which is kind of late for that trip. The window's of the bus couldn't be closed properly so all of the dust came in during the way- and because I sat next to the window I was literally covered with sand. The tourist guide couldn't speak English so with my little knowledge of Spanish I had to translate to my boyfriend who can't say a word in Spanish... Besides all of these the guide disappeared in the first minute so we did the tour by ourselves. I spoke with other friends and they said their tour- which was booked in Cusco- was far more cheaper, punctual, and they visited the Red Valley as well, which is just ike a 15 minutes walk from the Rainbow mountain but of course our guide hadn't even mentioned it...
• Submitted 03 Aug 2017