1-Day Rainbow Mountain Hike: Witness Vinicunca's Colors

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.

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Cusco, Peru


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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 - 02:30 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.

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

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Tour 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.


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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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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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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Hike. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Hike, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

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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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

What level of fitness is required for the hike?

The hike is considered moderate and suitable for most travelers with average fitness levels. However, due to the high altitude, some might find it more challenging.

What should I bring on the hike?

Essential items include comfortable hiking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, and a camera. Layered clothing is recommended due to changing weather conditions.

How long is the hike, and what is the distance?

The hike is approximately 3 hours long, covering a round trip distance of about 13 km (8.08 miles).

Are trekking poles necessary?

Trekking poles are recommended for added stability, especially during descents. They are available for rent.

Can children participate in the hike?

Yes, children can participate, but due to the hike’s moderate difficulty and high altitude, it is recommended for children who are accustomed to hiking and physical activity.

Are entrance fees included in the tour price?

Entrance fees to Vinicunca and the Red Valley are included in the deluxe package. For other packages, these fees are not included.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

What is the best time of year to do the hike?

The best time to hike Rainbow Mountain is during the dry season, from April to October, when there are clearer skies and less rain.

Is there a backup plan in case of altitude sickness?

Yes, we carry an emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit. Guides are trained to assist in case of altitude sickness and other medical emergencies.

Can I hire a horse for the hike?

Yes, horses are available for rent for those who may need assistance during the hike.

Is it possible to hire just a guide for the trek?

Absolutely. We offer guide-only services for hikers who prefer to arrange their own transport and meals.

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