Rainbow Mountain Tour

By: Rainbow Mountain Travels

Rainbow Mountain Tour

Main details:

  • Arrive FIRST at the Mountain

  • Entrance, transport, food & taxes all included

  • Group size: 6 - 18 people

  • English-speaking, expert local guide

Have any questions?

You can contact us regarding any questions you have about this tour or Rainbow Mountain in general.

A Rainbow Mountain Tour with Rainbow Mountain Travels is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We are the highest recommended operator for Rainbow Mountain Tours on Tripadvisor and on the official Rainbow Mountain Peru website. Read below for full information about our Rainbow Mountain Tour, from what’s included, the itinerary and everything else you need to know!

Brief Overview of Tour (full itinerary below)

Our Rainbow Mountain Tour starts early morning to ensure you are one of the first to arrive at the top of the Mountain and avoid the crowds!

Pickup at your hotel/hostel. Airbnb’s can choose to meet at the nearest hotel/hostel from our huge list of options.

Local Breakfast stop at Cusipata village, continue on to Fulawasipata where walk/trek starts. Our local expert guides will give you all the info and advice needed.

Walk starts at foot of stunning Ausangate Mountain Range. Trek uphill 1 hour to highest point of Rainbow Mountain at your own pace.

Free time at the Mountain to soak everything in, take pictures, learn about the Mountain’s history

Our Rainbow Mountain Tour ends with a beautiful descent of about 1 hour through the Mountain Range, followed by a delicious local lunch stop before returning to Cusco for drop off mid afternoon.

PRICE: $49 (includes all transport, taxes, guides, food and more! No hidden taxes or fees like other companies)

  • Book in advance as tours tend to sell out fast!
  • If you have any questions, send us a Whatsapp here.

Rainbow Mountain Travels was established in 2018 and has quickly become the number 1 operator for the Rainbow Mountain. This is due to our high quality customer service, modern equipment and excellent transport. Many informal companies offer this tour and your once-in-a-lifetime experience can be ruined, so be very careful when choosing a company.

Read More about Rainbow Mountain Travels HERE


  1. 03:00am - 03:30am

    Hotel/hostels pickups for transport towards Rainbow Mountain

  2. 03:30am – 05:00am

    Departure from Cusco city takes approximately 1.5 hours to get to Cusipata

  3. 05:00am – 06:00am

    Arrival and Breakfast in the district of Cusipata

  4. 06:00am – 07:15am

    Start the uphill trek to Rainbow Mountain

  5. 09:00am – 09:30am

    Arrival to the Rainbow Mountain. Spend some time at the top of the mountain taking in the view of the beautiful surrounding scenery

  6. 09:30am – 10:00am

    OPTIONAL – Visit the Red Valley (does not include entrance)

  7. 10:00am – 11:30am

    Return to the starting point where transportation awaits us

  8. 11:30am – 12:30pm

    Return in transport to Cusipata district

  9. 12:30pm – 1:30pm

    Go to a restaurant for lunch before hitting the road back to Cusco

  10. 1:30pm – 3:00pm

    Takes about 1.5 hours to get back to Plaza Regocijo in Cusco 2 blocks from Plaza de Armas



What’s included

  • Pick-up from your accommodation in Cusco
  • Private Comfortable Bus Transport throughout the day (Mountain is over 100km from Cusco)
  • Professional Rainbow Mountain Expert Guide (fluent in English & Spanish)
  • Local breakfast and a buffet lunch all included
  • Entrance to the main Rainbow Mountain Area
  • Oxygen tanks for any emergencies as we travel through high altitude (other companies don’t have this)

What’s not included

  • Optional Red Valley Entrance of 20 soles ($7 approx) per person payable at the entrance
  • Optional Horseback Ride payable to the horse trainer along the route

GOOD to know...

Red Valley has become a traveler favorite, with many mentioning it’s a MUST-DO on your trip. Make sure to add it on!



What to bring

  • Passport
  • Comfortable trainers/shoes for walking in
  • Water
  • Small backpack
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho

Important information

  • It is recommended to not take part in the trek if over 60 years of age or in poor physical conditions. Due to the high altitude and steep climbing, it can be dangerous for your health. Other tour operators won’t tell you this, so be very careful.
  • The tour operates as normal during December, January, and February, however occasionally visibility may be limited due to the changeable weather.
  • Minimum age: 10 years old – must have parents’ permission

Cancellation policy

Rainbow Mountain Travels try to be as flexible as possible when it comes to changes or cancellations

CHANGES ARE FREE:Any changes to the tour date need to be done before 6:00 pm the day before the tour begins

NO SHOWS OR CANCELLATIONS:If you cancel the day prior to the tour before 6:00 pm Lima time or earlier, a 20% administration fee (+ the card fee) will apply. After this time, you are considered a no-show and there are no refunds as unfortunately its too late for us to sell your seat on the bus.

WARNING – Informal Cusco Operators: When being picked up, check with the guide to ensure your name is on their list. Many local companies go to hostels and try to persuade you to go on their tour even though you have booked with Rainbow Mountain Travels, and then charge you later in the day. Rainbow Mountain Travels is the best rated company for a reason!


Frequently Asked Questions

Should I book the tour in advance?

Yes! Rainbow Mountain Travels excellent reputation has meant that we are by far the biggest operator on the Mountain, but we do try to keep groups small, so to ensure your seat on the day you want to travel, it is recommended to book in advance.

I have not yet booked my accommodation…what pick up location should I select when booking my tour.

For now, select Pariwana Hostel, and then when you finally know where you are staying, email us 24hrs before your tour starts and we can get it updated on our system.

I cannot find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations when making my booking. What should I do?

Rainbow Mountain Travels pick you up from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed at the time of booking. This covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. If you are staying somewhere that is not listed, or an Airbnb for example, look on google maps and try to see a hotel/hostel close to you and then see if that’s on our list. If you are still not sure, then drop us an email and we can recommend what pickup location you choose.

Can I rent a horse during this trek?

Yes, you can rent a horse for 90 soles approx for approximately 3 hours, but there are some parts that you will need to walk (approx. 20 to 40 minutes). If you want to hire a horse, you will need to inform the guide at the beginning of the tour and it is subject to availability. It is not possible to reserve a horse in advance, it must be done the day of the tour.

Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?

The main question is whether you will have altitude sickness in Cusco or not. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people after arriving to Cusco.

If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude – proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves – the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars.



Rainbow Mountain Tour

Main details:

  • Arrive FIRST at the Mountain

  • Entrance, transport, food & taxes all included

  • Group size: 6 - 18 people

  • English-speaking, expert local guide

Have any questions?

You can contact us regarding any questions you have about this tour or Rainbow Mountain in general.

Want to do a Private Tour? Cost from $89, click here for more info!