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1-Day Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Hike

Join us for an early morning expedition to the iconic Rainbow Mountain, embarking on a journey to witness the dawn over the Andean peaks and beat the crowds to Vinicunca.


Cusco, Peru


1 Day




Year Round

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1-Day Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Hike Overview

Discover the spectacular beauty of the Peruvian Andes on our exclusive 1-Day Trek to Vinicunca, the renowned Rainbow Mountain. This journey is an invitation to witness one of nature’s most extraordinary displays – the multicolored hues of Rainbow Mountain. Setting off in the early hours from Cusco, our trek is designed to offer an intimate experience of this natural wonder, away from the hustle of the crowds.

Experience the tranquil beauty of the Andean landscape as it unfolds before you, leading to the breathtaking sight of Vinicunca’s vibrant peaks. Our tour combines physical challenge with cultural immersion, offering a unique blend of natural splendor and local tradition. Enjoy nourishing local cuisine in Cusipata and feel the magic of the Andes as you trek through this enchanting region. Join us for a day that promises not just a hike, but a journey into the heart of Peru’s natural wonders.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 2:15 AM
Estimated Return Time 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain), Red Valley, Cusipata, Llacto, Andean landscapes, local wildlife (alpacas, llamas)

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 02:15
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 02:15
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 02:15
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 02:15
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 02:15
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 02:15

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Cusco – Cusipata – Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain – Cusco

Your journey begins at 2:15 AM with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco, embarking towards Cusipata as the night sky transitions to dawn. This early start ensures a peaceful hike, allowing you to fully immerse in the beauty of the Andes before the crowds arrive.

Upon reaching Cusipata, a hearty breakfast awaits, fueling you for the day’s adventure. The hike starts at Llacto, where the trail unveils the awe-inspiring colors of Rainbow Mountain. As you ascend in the early light, witness the breathtaking interplay of colors on the mountain’s surface, a spectacle best enjoyed in the quiet of the morning.

After exploring Rainbow Mountain, the journey continues to the Red Valley, an equally stunning but often overlooked natural wonder. This additional trek offers a glimpse into a landscape of deep red hues, a striking contrast to the vibrant colors of Vinicunca. The Red Valley experience adds an extra layer of wonder to your adventure, showcasing the diverse beauty of the Peruvian highlands.

Concluding the hike, you’ll return to Cusipata for a delightful lunch, reflecting on the morning’s extraordinary experiences. The return drive to Cusco brings you back to your hotel, leaving you with memories of an enchanting, crowd-free exploration of two of Peru’s most remarkable natural attractions.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch in Cusipata
Hiking: Approx. 3 hours, 13 km (8.08 miles) round trip

Tour Highlights

1-Day Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Hike Highlights

  • Early Morning Start: Embark on an early journey at 2:15 AM from Cusco to beat the crowds and experience the tranquil beauty of the mountains.
  • Scenic Drive to Cusipata: Witness the stunning transition from night to dawn over the Andes during the drive.
  • Rainbow Mountain Summit: Trek to the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain, known for its vibrant mineral hues and panoramic views.
  • Red Valley Exploration: A less-traveled path offering a striking contrast with its deep red landscapes.
  • Andean Wildlife: Encounter local wildlife such as alpacas and llamas in their natural habitat.
  • Cultural Immersion: Enjoy traditional Andean meals and learn about the local way of life in Cusipata.
  • Professional Guidance: Benefit from the knowledge and expertise of bilingual guides fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Comfort and Convenience: Includes hotel pickup and drop-off, ensuring a seamless experience from start to finish.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel or office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • An additional guide for groups larger than 12 participants.
  • Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off for a hassle-free experience.
  • Efficient round-trip transportation to the trek’s starting point.
  • Meals at Cusipata restaurant, including 1 breakfast and 1 lunch.
  • Vegetarian and vegan options available at no extra cost.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit on standby for safety.


Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Admission fees to Vinicunca and the Red Valley: S/. 25 soles total per person, payable on-site in Peruvian Soles.
  • Trekking poles, which are available for rent.
  • Travel/health/emergency insurance.
  • Tips, which are optional and at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Master Chef: Enjoy meals prepared by our expert chef.
  • Dining Equipment: Portable chairs and tables for comfortable dining.
  • Buffet Lunch: Delight in a buffet lunch during the trek.
  • Emergency Horse for Riding: An extra horse for riding, including a horse controller.
  • Entrance Fees: Covering entrance fees for Rainbow Mountain and additional sites visited during the trek.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Expert Guide: Professional guide for personalized exploration.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.


Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max



Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max



Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Light day pack with clothing suitable for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or a poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots.
  • Camera, film, and extra batteries.
  • Sunblock and after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks, such as biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, and fruits.
  • Reusable canteen filled with water.
  • Personal medical kit, including special medications, paracetamol, and blister treatment.
  • Small towel or sarong.
  • Cash for purchasing snacks, tipping, and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or trekking poles.


This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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