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Rainbow Mountain

Trek to the Rainbow Mountain in Peru, Day trip from Cusco

A local certified guide from our team will lead you on this day-long trek from Cusco, Peru, to one of the most astonishing, striking and beautiful sights you will ever see, the magnificent Rainbow Mountain, a geological formation of rich, vivacious colours that will leave you speechless.






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  • See the truly epic and awe-inspiring colours of Rainbow Mountain, Peru!
  • Learn about the culture, customs and traditions of the local people
  • Hike through the stunning scenery of the Cusco region


I will guide you on this day trip from Cusco which entails visiting one of the most awe-inspiring, breath-taking and gorgeous places in Peru, the wonderful Rainbow Mountain, a geological formation whose minerals expose the wildly different, rich and vivacious hue of colours in the mountain, truly looking like something from another planet!

The Rainbow Mountain is known by the local populace as Cerro Colorado Cusco, and is located approximately a 3 hour drive South of the city of Cusco. The bright and alluring colours of the mountain are a result of ice having melted and mixed with the soil, and it has only recently become a popular tourist destination.

We meet early in the morning via a pick up at your hotel in Cusco, and from there it is approximately 3 hours drive to our breakfast spot on Anchipacha, and then the starting point of the trek at Quesyuno.

The trek up to the Rainbow Mountain itself takes about 3 hours, but it is well worth the time once we arrive there, as the vividness of the colours makes for a truly epic and awesome sight, with the views over the surrounding scenery, landscape and terrain also providing amazing memories. No doubt you will be constantly reaching for your camera!

The area around the Rainbow Mountain is considered a very important cultural site for the nearby inhabitants, who still maintain customs and traditions from centuries ago, and we will explain to you the significance and importance of the site when we are there.

After our visit to the mountain, it is approximately a 2 hour trek back to Quesyuno, and from there we drive back to Cusco, via a lunch stop, to finish the day, hopefully with Rainbow Mountains having left a lifelong impression on you.

Visiting the Rainbow Mountain in Peru is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience – book now to witness this special site!

To discover more of the Cusco region, try our 2-day Helamcoma ascent in the Cusco region, here!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

Not included:

• Last dinner

• Tips

• Personal expenses

• Extra drinks.

• Transfer back to your hotel (all passengers are dropped off in Plaza Regocijo or around)

• Emergency horse, which can be mounted if you feel sick or goes a little slower. (S/90 Soles -one way)

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Meet, Rainbow Mountain, Finish

04:00 to 05:00 hrs – Pick up from hotels located in Cusco
05:30 hrs. – Departure from Cusco
06:55 hrs. – Arrival
07:00 hrs. – Breakfast on Anchipacha
07:40 hrs. – Departure to Quesyuno
08:05 hrs. – Arrival to Quesyuno
09:30 hrs. – Trekking uphill of 3h approximately
10:45 hrs. – Arrival to mountain rainbow and explanation from our guide. Free time
11:30 hrs. – Return to the initial point (2h approximately).
14:00 hrs. – Return by car to the town of Anchipacha
14:30 hrs. – Lunch
15:30 hrs. – Return to Cusco
18:30 to 19:00 hrs. Arrival to Cusco, drop off in Plaza Regocijo


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Professional English/Spanish speaking guide

Meeting point

Pick up from hotel in Cusco.


What is the average distance and altitude gain that we will hike each day?

By car round trip is about 8 hours, trekking to the top is about 4hours, and the maximal top is 5150 meters.

What experience do I need to have? How fit do I need to be? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

To do this tour, you need previous acclimatization of walks to lagoons or experience in long-distance walks. Now, if you have any other more specific questions, we can schedule a call to clarify all your questions.

How can I get to the trailhead/meeting point?

We pick you up from your Hotel or Hostel.

How will accommodation and meals be handled during the trek?

It is a full day, so you go back to your Hotel in Cusco city.

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that I need to consider before the tour?

To enter by foot, a right of 20 soles per person is paid. We recommend having the mandatory vaccines that are required by world health the COVID-19 vaccine, and we also recommend having accident insurance. We always recommend Partners –Global Rescue. If you have any more questions about the trip, we can schedule a call via WhatsApp.

What is the best time of the year for this hike?

All the year, but the best time is from May to October.

Can I join a group?

For this trip, you can join some groups that have daily departures. For more information, contact us, or we can schedule a call to clarify all your questions.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

In general, if we have bad weather, this trip is always carried out. When the weather is bad, we always recommend starting the trekking earlier than normal because it is clear in the morning and there is more rain in the afternoon. If you have any more questions or doubts, we can schedule a call via WhatsApp.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
El MaPi by Inkaterra Hotel Aguas Calientes Peru
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Tierra Viva Machu Picchu Hotel Aguas Calientes Peru
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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel Aguas Calientes Peru
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About the guide: Peru

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Peru Expeditions is a Guide Agency and Tour Operator based in Huaraz, Peru.

It's a family-owned travel agency, which was founded more than 35 years ago, and is now managed by IFMGA-guide Juventino and his son, Eric.

We organize trekkings and mountain expeditions in Cordillera Blanca, and all around Peru.


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What people are saying about Peru


He was very kind, patient and helped me to reach my goal the citadel of Machupicchu. One day I wanted to quit but he encouraged me to continue and waited for my step.


We did the MTB-Huarascan-Circuit (Crossing Punta Olimpica Pass and Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass) with Eric Albinos „Peru Expedition“. All, the transfers, the hotel stays, the acclimatization tours and the circuit itself, was well organized. Eric and his staff were flexible to our wishes and very helpful. Our Guide Joni is an excellent mountain bike-guide and good tailor too if something is torn. The cook prepared delicious meals during the circuit. The camping equipment was in very good condition. We (Karin, Franz. Wolfgang) can fully recommend „Eric´s Peru Expeditions“.



The agency gave me a guide Darwin, not Juventino. Climb was good, easy just walking. There is one dangerous section near the moraine area with very loose gravel. So make sure you don't slip there or you are dead. I stayed in refugio at the base camp which was much more comfy than camping. Darwin was good but give clients some breaks once in a while, not rush too much. It's a high altitude climbing after all.


5 star guide. Nothing but the best.


A very, very sympathic guide, who knows all the secrets of the places and itinerarys the most beautiful ; organization top ; food excellent too ; marvellous souvenirs.

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