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4-day Trek in Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain, Peru

4-day Trek in Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain, Peru | Peru

Join a certified guide on this highly memorable and beautiful 4-day trek in Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain, Peru, where you will take in some of the most stunning scenery Peru has to offer, capped off by a visit to the world-famous Rainbow Mountain.


4 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov




* Trek through some of Peru's most beautiful countryside, close to Cusco

* Visit the world-famous and truly stunning Rainbow Mountain!

* Hike up, down and around the mighty Ausangate Mountain and its surroundings


Join me on this epic 4-day trek through the Peruvian countryside and I guarantee you will make memories to last a lifetime, as we journey through and admire the glorious natural scenery of places such as Ausangate, Pucacocha Pass and Anatapata, with our adventure ending via a trek to the truly gorgeous and striking Rainbow Mountain.

Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain are both located approximately 100km Southeast of the ancient Incan capital of Cusco, in Peru, and have garnered worldwide attention for their unique, vivid and rich colours visible on the sides of the mountains. The vivacious colours have come about due to the mineralogical composition present on the slopes and summits, and are an immensely popular photo opportunity.

Our adventure begins when we meet and depart from Cusco on day 1, and the focal point of this day will be a winding and fun walk towards the community of Upis, from where will be able to catch our first glimpse of the mighty and snow-covered Ausangate.

Day 2 takes us to a wide variety of locations, with a challenging hike up to Arapa Pass and down to Yanacocha providing fantastic views out over the appealing and lovely lakes that dot the area. Continuing on to Pucacocha Pass and then Apacheta, our busy and rewarding day comes to a close by setting up camp at Ausangate Cocha.

Our 3rd day entails a 6-hour hike to Anatapata, before we get an early night in preparation for the early start the next morning.

Our 4th and last day is the undoubted highlight of the trip, as we get up bright and early in order to trek towards Rainbow Mountain, an absolutely exquisite and alluring sight that exceeds all expectations.

We finish our trip back in Cusco, satisfied and happy at the awesome sights we have seen.

Book now to see some of the best sights in Peru – you won’t regret it one bit!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

- Transportation start and back

- Luggage transfer

- Permit and entrance fees

- Mules and horses

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment sleeping pad


Day 1: Cusco – Urcos – Ocongate – Tinqui – Upis

We will leave Cusco early in the morning at 04:00 am by private bus to the upper part of Tinqui (4.050 m/13.287 ft). After a small stop, where we will pack your belongings in duffel bags and start walking towards the community of Upis (4.400m/14.436 ft). Here we will have the lunch and discover a beautiful scenery of hills and the frontal part of the snow-covered Ausangate.

Day 2: Yanacocha – Pucacocha Pass – Anantapata

After the breakfast, we continue to hike up to Arapa pass (4.800 m/15.748 ft). There we will descend towards Yanacocha (4.500 m/ 14.763 ft).There are amazing lakes to discover in different kinds of colors. From there we ascend towards Pucacocha Pass (4.900 m/ 16.076 ft) where we will have lunch. After the lunch we continue hiking for about 1 ½ hours to Apacheta. Then we will descend towards Ausangate Cocha (4.650 m/ 15.256 ft) where we will camp.

Day 3: Ausante Cocha – Anantapata – Warmi Saya

After the breakfast, we start to walk to Anatapata for around 6 hours, where we will have lunch. After the delicious lunch we continue to hike 3 hours more to Warmi Saya (4.900 m), our camp site (WARMI SAYA).

Day 4: Warmi Saya – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco

We will wake up at 04.30 am and start walking to the Rainbow Mountain. This is approximately 4 ½ hours. We will spend about 1 ½ hours to visit the Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley. From there we will descent for 2 hours until we reach Quesoyuno, where we will have lunch. After we enjoyed our lunch, we will be picked up and returned to the hotel in Cusco. Around 06.00 pm we will arrive in Cusco.



More info

The camp sites may vary depending on the weather and the condition of the group. the guide will take those decisions in daily coordination with the same group.

Meeting point

Cusco, Peru

About the guide

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Tour Operator

We “Southamerica planet” are a Belgian / Peruvian travel agency. Our main offices are located in the INCA capital “Cusco”+ Lima

Vicky (Peruvian who work many years for tourists in Cusco and Arequipa) and Dirk (Belgian who traveled many years around South America as tourist and tour leader) are the owners.

Southamerica planet have already 18 years experience in the travel industry. We started 18 years ago in cusco. We like to show you this amazing different continent. With our professional team we show you this adventure in individual tours or in a tour group with professional tour leader.Read our clients travel reports, all happy with our service!

Also this year 2021-2022 we are official Inca trail operator. With all good tents and material, good cooks and good English speaking guides.

Your good holiday is our best promotion!


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What people are saying about Southamericaplanet



Monica Is a very kind, sincere and professional guide. She is so fit and humble. I enjoyed her company on all my guided tours. Her knowledge on her history and mountaineering skills are impeccable. I recommend Monica for anything in Peru. She knows her mountains and history very well. She is very passionate and detail oriented.



The experience exceeded our expectations. The trail and its historical importance in addition to the ruins through the trail provided a rich background for our final destination. The crown of the jewel, Machu Picchu was magnificent and it's importance and beauty enhanced by our guide's knowledge of the Incas and their customs and beliefs. It was an unforgettable journey filled with physical and mental challenges but most rewarding on so many other levels beyond this famous trail. It was an unforgettable experience.



Don’t know the guides salary but I’m sure it’s not much so if possible increase Marcos wage. He’s an asset and a really enthusiastic, knowledgable and all round good guy.



Thanks to Guide Marco for a great trip and some wonderful memories. I had a blast on the 2 day Inca Trail trek!



Alfredo was intelligent, hard working, a bundle of energy, patient, caring, informative, and entertaining. He is one of the best guides I have seen with a perfect set of skills. My only negative would be that the quality of the camp gear (chairs, dining tent) were worn and should be replaced. The food was sub par and a bit disappointing. The soup was good, the desserts appropriate for the conditions, the hot chocolate appreciated. The porters were kind, hard working and helpful

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