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

Juventino, an IFMGA-certified guide, 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.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration1 day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate


  • 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!


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Professional English/Spanish speaking guide

Meeting point

Pick up from hotel in Cusco.



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

About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide from Peru.

He was born in 1960 in Huaraz / Peru. With his 15th Age he learned the world of trekking and mountaineering know by he accompanied his father on trips with his clients.

To this day he is still working as a mountain guide and tour operator. For many years he was able to acquire a lot of knowledge about the mountains, making it one of the most experienced certified mountain guides.

He runs a family travel agency based in Huaraz, which was founded by his father, and is now managed by Juventino and his son, Eric.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 240 each

Group of 2

USD 120 each

Group of 3

USD 100 each

Group of 4

USD 90 each

Group of 5

USD 85 each

Group of 6

USD 80 each

Group of 7

USD 78 each

Group of 8

USD 75 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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