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Rainbow Mountain Private Day Trip from Cusco – Perú

Explore the amazing Rainbow Mountain or Vinincunca in one day trip from Cusco
Rainbow Mountain Private Day Trip from Cusco – Perú
Rainbow Mountain Private Day Trip from Cusco – Perú
Rainbow Mountain Private Day Trip from Cusco – Perú
Rainbow Mountain Private Day Trip from Cusco – Perú
Kate T
Kate T
2022-10-08
Friendly and knowledgeable guide! We did a tour from Ollantaytambo to Maras salt mines and Moray with Carlitos and Cristobal. Carlitos was very knowledgeable and tailored the tour to what we already knew which was great. They also made the recommendation to start early which was a challenge but well worth it for the absence of crowds!
David S
David S
2022-09-19
A perfect way to spend the day! This was an excellent tour! Carlitos is a great guide and my wife and I really enjoyed spending the day with him. He was friendly and very knowledgeable, too. We recommend this tour to anyone exploring the area!
Kasia (Poland)
Kasia (Poland)
2022-09-05
Great experience with a local guide I highly recommend this agency. We booked a trip with them from Ollantaytambo to Cusco visiting many unique sites of Sacred Valley on our way. Everything was well organised even though we contacted the agency quite late. The agency was very responsive and we kept in touch on WhatsApp all the time. Our guide Carlitos came on time and he was the nicest person ever, very patient with us and ready to take a lot of pictures. We learned a lot about Inca history from him. The whole day was a pleasure. Thank you guys for taking care of us! Thanks to you we fell in love with Peru even more.
Karen Moreno
Karen Moreno
2022-09-04
Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley My friend and I took the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour from Cusco with Come See Peru and the whole trip was fabulous. We had an amazing trip and everything went as planned. Highly recommended!
CCB
CCB
2022-08-29
Kickass personalized tour experience for a solo traveler, A++¥ Awesome company!! I am a solo woman and staying in Ollantaytambo and I wanted a tour package created just for me and they were able to do it. I saw the Maras salt flats, Moray, Pisac market, and Sacsayhuaman and it could not have been a more perfect day! The driver was a very safe driver and the guide spoke excellent English and took great pics. 10/10 recommend, you will not be disappointed!!
Sara V
Sara V
2022-08-23
Great trip! Carlitos is an excellent guide!! He made our day trip fun and entertaining, he told us many facts from the site and it was amazing, to say the least. I would highly recommend taking a tour with Carlitos! He takes great pictures as well!
cong
cong
2022-07-11
Thanks Carlos! Carlos is great tour guide and an excellent photographer. He told many interesting stories during the tour, also made many extra stops at beautiful view point. We really enjoyed the half day private Tour.
Auris López
Auris López
2022-06-27
Un sueño hecho realidad Estar dentro de la ciudadela es una experiencia irreal, además de poder observar el maravilloso paisaje que hay al rededor, es una mezcla perfecta entre el poder humano y la naturaleza. Todo el recorrido de la mano de nuestro guía Juan Carlos, excelente! Siempre atento y súper profesional 👌
Carla M
Carla M
2022-06-21
Wow! I totally didn't think we could do Machu Picchu in a day, but it is! The trip was EPIC! It was a full day but it was a blast! Macchu Picchu was incredible - I was weary that it was built up in my head (wonder of the world and all that) it was just wow. and made even more incredible by our guides - they knew the history, stories, and fun facts. They also made it feel like we were just traveling with friends - we loved our guides. highly recommend
Campo C
Campo C
2022-06-15
The Best Day EVER! My friends and I did a private tour with Come See Peru Tours 1 day to Machu Picchu. It was a fantastic day! We definitely were moving all day (we got all of our steps :) ) But we didn't feel rushed at all - we truly got to enjoy machu picchu and aguas calientes. I enjoyed our tour guide and their stories both fact and myths about Machu Picchu. Highly recommend this tour company
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Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain hike or also called Peru Rainbow Mountain day trip is a full day all inclusive tour through the Andes of Peru, 100% operated by Come See Peru in a private service.

Visit Perú Rainbow Mountain on a day trip from Cusco with a mountain guide. Immerse yourself in the local culture, see sights including Quechua villages, alpacas herds, and the Ausangate Glacier.

Book your Rainbow Mountain tour now and enjoy a full day of adventure with beautiful views for a reasonable price.

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Overview

Overview

If you are a hiking and nature lover then our the full day trip to Rainbow Mountain from Cusco is for you. Our 1 day tour to Rainbow Mountain in private service offers all entrance fees included, breakfast, lunch buffet, English speaking tour guide and a super comfortable and private transportation just for you and your group, don’t think too much and book your tour to Rainbow Mountain now! Your travel experience of a lifetime is guaranteed with us.

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Peru’s Rainbow Mountain offers spectacular vsitas. On this full-day tour from Cusco, you will explore the unique and colorful Rainbow Mountain. Take the 1.5-hour hike and admire the beautiful scenery of the snow-capped mountains of the Peruvian Andes.

Learn about what makes the Rainbow Mountain turn so many different colors and enjoy with one last push a vantage point that gives you a 360 degree view of the beautiful landscape.

Why you should book Perú Rainbow Mountain tour with us?

  • We beat the crowds, group tours to Rainbow Mountain leave Cusco at 5am. To avoid the crowds we leave earlier than the rest, that way we ensure our clients have the Rainbow Mountain all to themselves and can take the best pictures.
  • For the 1 day Rainbow Mountain tour our guide carries an oxygen tank as well as a first aid kit. (As you get over 5040 meters/16,500 feet above sea level! Not all travel agencies offer this). You travel safely with us.
  • We forget the time, there is no need to rush or return early to Cusco unless you request it, we try to make sure you enjoy your Rainbow Mountain tour as much as possible.

What to Expect

at Come See Peru Tours we offer a fully customized tour according to your travel needs and desires. We want to offer you the best experience with every detail during your trip, so that you can exceed your expectations and above all, that you return home with the best memories of your trip to Peru.

  • We recommend leaving as early as possible to avoid the crowd and take the best pictures.
  • You’ll hike through the fields full of alpacas and llamas, red mountains,  snow-capped mountains, lakes and local people that will be your best motivation. The views are unforgettable.
  • For most travellers the best part of the trip is not  actually seeing the rainbow mountain but enjoying the stunning vistas, herds of alpacas and the hike itself. Keep in mind this you won’t get the same experience anywhere else.

Advantages of booking with us.- The all-inclusive tour to RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TOUR offers a safe and well-organized experience, transfer during the entire tour is in sprinter. The service also includes the tour guide service in English or Spanish.

EXCLUSIVE SERVICE COSTS: We operate this tour without joining other tourists from other agencies. We only serve our tourists. We know that traveling to RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TOUR demands time and money and that is why we want your experience of visiting RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TOUR to exceed your expectations.

Trip Details

Important information for Rainbow Mountain day trip from cusco

Are you still not sure whether this tour is for you? Learn more about the Rainbow Mountain 1 day tour, we want you to be well informed before booking this tour with us.

  • Tour Location: Vinicunca, or Rainbow Mountain, is located about 3 ½ hour drive southeast from Cusco by car. It is located in the Peruvian Andes in the opposite direction of Machu Picchu.
  • Tour Type: Hiking, trekking, nature
  • Physical Grading: ★★★☆☆ Depending on level of physical fitness. This demanding – high altitude trek to the Rainbow Mountain in 1 Day, is designed for travelers with little time and good physical condition. We recommend booking this tour at the end of your stay in Cusco since your body will have fully adapted to the altitude.
  • Group Size: Our trip to Rainbow Mountain is offered in private service, just for you and your group.
  • Departures: Every day in the dry season from mid-April to November, If you take this tour during the winter season, you could expect some rains and snow.
  • Best time to visit: The best time of year to hike Rainbow Mountain from Cusco is during the dry season, which runs from May to November. These months are actually winter in the Andes, which is why it can seem quite cold, but there is a low chance of rain, for this reason this time of the year is considered summer. The clear, sunny days and dry trails are perfect for hiking. December to March is the rainy season in the Andes and hiking Rainbow Mountain is not as recommended.
Itinerary

Rainbow Mountain 1 Day Trek from Cusco

Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary of Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour from Cusco

We will pick you up at your hotel at 4:00 am. We will then embark on a 2 hour drive to the breakfast spot (included). Here we will serve you a buffet breakfast.

Then we will continue by car for 45 more minutes until we reach the beginning of the trek.

From here, it will be a 2 hour, uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountain. When you reach the top of the mountain, you will be able to observe some of the Andean wildlife.

You will have enough time to immerse yourself in the majesty of the red mountains that surround this area. However, after enjoying the beautiful views we will descend to the Red Valley lookout point from where we will have a different view of the red mountains.

Finally after an amazing adventure we will make our way back with a two hour downhill hike, to the base of the hike.

Here we will take our private car and go to the lunch place, we will have lunch in a local restaurant highly recommended by travelers, where we will enjoy a delicious meal. Later on we will return to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel around 5 – 6 pm.

Inclusions

Included

Pre-departure briefing
We’ll meet you at your hotel in Cusco for the orientation or call you by WhatsApp, the night before your trip to the Rainbow Mountain, you can take this chance to ask final questions about the trip.
English speaking guide
Explore the best of this day trip to the Rainbow Mountain with a local english-speaking guide. Our experienced local guides will help you to experience this tour like a local.
Private transportation
We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to travel by our private transport for 3 hour drive to the Southern Valley passing Quechua villages until arriving to the trailhead. Once we are done with the trip, we’ll take you back to the door of your hotel.
Meals
Our full day Rainbow Mountain offers, a buffet breakfast, and one selection of Peruvian dishes for lunch, in the small village of Cusipata. We respect all diets (vegetarian or vegan are available), so let us know when booking.
Entrance tickets
We provide you with all the entrance tickets to Rainbow Mountain, which will be purchased on the day of the activity and at the checkpoint.
Medical kit, oxygen bottle
Our tour guides are forbidden to give any madication to tourits. These rules come from the government that does not allow the tour guide to use pills due to different names and components of drugs by country. For this reason, we always advise taking a basic first aid kit, pills for most common problems like headaches, painkillers, altitude medicine, and antibiotics. The oxygen will always be taken for our trips.
Assistant tour guide (only for 9 people or more)

No Included

Horse to ride
Horses are availble to take people along and up (part) of the trail for a fee. The quotes for the horse ride from the bus drop-off is 70 Soles one-way and 90 Soles both-ways.
Tips
Guides get tip independentely depending on how well they performed during the trip. Please NOTE the amount you tip or if you tip is a personal desition.
What To Bring

What to Bring

Pay attention to everything you should bring for your 1 day Rainbow Mountain tour from Cusco

It is important for our customers to know in detail everything you should bring for your trip, according to the time of the year you visit Rainbow Mountain.

Note that it is not the same to visit the Rainbow Mountain in the dry season as in the wet season.

  • Comfortable hiking pants
  • Daypack, warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, rainjacket, gloves)
  • Walking boots
  • Down jacket, or a warm jacket
  • Winter hat and gloves
  • Walking sticks
  • Sunblock (factor 35+ recommended, the sun can be strong)
  • Rain poncho
  • Sun hat + sunglasses
  • Toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
  • Suncream
  • Original passport
Pricing

Pricing

Pricing for the Rainbow Mountain Day Trip from Cusco

Our Rainbow Mountain tour is only offered in private service, for you and your party. We will not join anyone else to your group.

We run this tour only as a private tour

  • USD 145.00 per person for a group of  2 people

Prices reduce if there are more people in your group

Note: The pick-up from the Sacred Valley will have an extra cost of $30 on the total cost.

“The amount to be deposited does not include the PayPal fee. The PayPal fee is assumed by the buyer. ”

To secure a booking with Come See Perú Tours, the Client must deposit 40% of the entire price of the tour. One the deposit has been sent, you will receive a confirmation email for the tour, the total balance must be paid in cash before the start of the tour in cusco.

2 Persons
Price
US $ 145.00
per person
3 Persons
Price
US $ 130.00
per person
4 Persons
Price
US $ 115.00
per person
5 Persons
Price
US $ 100.00
per person
6 Persons
Price
US $ 99.00
per person
7 Persons
Price
US $ 89.00
per person
8 Persons
Price
US $ 79.00
per person
Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Departures

We need a minimum of 2 people

Solo traveler?

If you take the tour just for yourself, note that the price of transportation and the guide are assumed by you.
Contact us to know the price for a solo traveler.

Flexibility

If you buy the tour and your plans change you have the option to postpone the tour for another date or get your money back under our cancellation policy.

Deposit

Book your Sacred Valley tour from Ollantaytambo for up to 40 US dollars. The deposit should be paid via PayPal.

We use PayPal as the most secure method for our customers. When you pay with PayPal, your financial information is never shared with the vendor, and you can pay using only your email address.

PayPal charges a 7% fee which must be paid by the traveler. The PayPal fees will be automatically added to the total cost during the transaction.

Remaining Balance

The remaining balance can be paid upon your arrival to Cusco before the start of the tour. the total balance must be paid in ” CASH “You can pay the remaining balance with Peruvian Soles or Dollars.

(Bills must be in good condition – no torn bills are accepted).

CANCELLATIONS with Come See Perú

When booking a tour with Come See Peru Tours, my team and I will work hard to make sure you have the best experience of your life. Our team will make sure that you are safe, and that you are having a good time. However there are some facts outside of our control that may affect your trip. Therefore we suggest that you take a look at our cancellation terms. The terms of your cancellation are based on how far in advance of your trip you notify us. We understand that there are many unexpected issues that will make you cancel your tour.

Refunds will be only provided for DAY TOURS Not for Machu Picchu tours since the deposit of the total cost is used to buy the Machu Picchu tickets, the train tickets and bus tickets which by the way are not refundable.

Please note that when we make the deposit for the refund paid for the tour you are cancelling. Paypal will charge a commission, commission that will be paid by you and if the refund is 100% there is a $12 fee to be paid (penalty fee).

  • 100% refund of the deposit if we receive notice of the cancellation at least 30 days before the date of the day tour.
  • 70% refund of the deposit if we receive notice of the cancellation 20 days before the date of the day tour.
  • 50% refund of the deposit if we receive notice of the cancellation 15 days before the date of the day tour.
  • No refund of the deposit will be provided we receive notice of the cancellation less than 10 days before the date of the day tour.

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to info@comeseeperutours.com

To protect your travel investment, we strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Obtaining travel insurance before leaving home is highly recommended and very easy.

Faqs

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Does My Rainbow Mountain Tour Begin?

We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco. The location doesn’t matter. If you are staying at a private residence or Airbnb, we will do our best to pick you up at that location or nearby.  We will inform you one day in advance where exactly.

Do you think I should wear walking shoes?

Not necessarily.  But it is highly recommended that you wear strong and comfortable shoes suitable for all weather conditions as you walk through these steep and colorful mountains.

Will I suffer from altitude sickness on the Rainbow Mountain Tour?

Some people experience altitude sickness. To reduce the chances that altitude will affect you on this one-day hike, you need to spend some time acclimatizing to drink plenty of fluids. Finally, you can chew coca leaves like the natives of South America.

Do I need to be in good physical shape?

You should be more or less physically fit. The trail is excellent and not very steep, but at 5000 masl the gradual ascent can be difficult. For people who are not in good shape and prefer to ride, there are horses available for rent.

Why book with us?

We are direct operators for the Rainbow Mountain tour and are committed to sustainable tourism on all of our excursions. Therefore, we guarantee you the best service, the best tour guide and the safest transportation while traveling to these sacred places in Ausangate Mountain. Book this Rainbow Mountain tour!

What is the location of Rainbow Mountain?

Vinicunca is located in Cusco, province of Canchis and district of Pitumarca. The road that leads to this place is the one that goes south of Cusco.

What to bring to the Rainbow Mountain tour?

The obligatory things to take is:

Warm clothing at least one for the descent, when descending from Vinicunca make a cold!, sunscreen, cap or hat, short wind, good trekking shoes (walkers) not new because the new can hurt your feet and hinder the walk, extra money for some unexpected expenses. Rain poncho, you don’t know when it might rain. Cold gloves. Some extra snacks as well as for extra expenses such as saddle horse rental. In case you have a special diet. Walking sticks for support.

Do I have to have travel insurance?

Totally recommended and not only for this trip but for any trip you want to make.

Weather during the trek?

From April to September is considered the months where there is no rain and if there is minimal. From September to March is considered rainy months, being from January to March with more intensity. However, even if it is rainy season, there are days in which not even a drop of rain falls. Also in any season can fall hail, or snow so be prepared for any situation and put a good face.

How long is the Hike?

Depending on your physical condition, the climb can be from 2.5 hours to 4 hours and the return the same, we strongly recommend having a little preparation in walks to enjoy more of this excursion and avoid disappointments.

Is the tour group or private?

When you go to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, you meet every agency that offers this same tour at “cheap” costs but remember you get what you pay for. In many cases some agencies can charge much less but send you on a tour where the groups are 20, 30 to more tourists and a single guide. We offer our excursion in exclusive service where the minimum number of tourists is 2 and the maximum 15 per group. In this way the excursion becomes more pleasant and the guide will have more comfort in giving their explanations as well as the tourists in listening. Now you can also choose the option in private service, there the mobility and the guide will be at your disposal. This is recommended for couples, families or people who do not want to share the tour with others.

Is it recommended for children?

This tour is not recommended for children because they may have problems walking, however in case it is a child who likes hiking at high altitude, if you can do so.

Can people with medical problems do this route?

If you have medical problems, we recommend that you consult your doctor and indicate that you want or have planned to make a walk in the Peruvian Andes and that the altitude is 5000 m.a.s.l. if you have medication must have with you that medication to continue with your treatment.

Horseback Rental?

If you have problems walking or there are children on the excursion, we recommend hiring a horse (the locals rent it) so you can lighten your trip, remember that the horse can not take you all the time because there are very steep climbs for which you must get off the horse and then continue on horseback or on foot.

Travel Guide

WHAT WE WILL SEE ON THE TOUR

At Come See Peru Tours we offer you a personalized tour with our experienced local guides who will take you to one of the most popular mountains in the world. The Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca Mountain was discovered more than a decade ago by local people who witnessed for the first time its beautiful colors obtained from the different minerals that the mountain has, it is not known if the Inca people already knew of it although most mountains were considered deities by the Incas.

Vinicunca, also known as the Mountain of Seven Colors or Rainbow Mountain, is a natural wonder on the way to Ausangate. During this full day excursion you will be able to visit this beautiful mountain, and see from the top the colors that characterize it as well as a breathtaking view of the apu Ausangate.

The varied and enigmatic colours of the Vinicunca mountain await you. What are you waiting for? You, too, can get a little closer to heaven. Book our mountain tour seven colors and live an unforgettable adventure.

The Beautiful Colors of Rainbow Mountain
Vinicunca’s rainbow appearance is due to “a complex geological history of marine, lake and fluvial sediments,” according to a report by the Cultural Landscape Office of Cusco’s Deconcentrated Directorate of Culture.

These sediments, carried by the water that previously covered the area, date from between the Tertiary and Quaternary periods, i.e. from about 65 to two million years ago.

Over time, sediments formed layers (with different grain sizes) that today are seen as the stripes that attract tourists so much.

The movement of the tectonic plates in the area elevated these sediments until they became mountains.

Then they acquired their bright colors because of the oxidation of their minerals, exerted by the humidity of the area, and the erosion of them, explains to BBC Mundo César Muñoz, member of the Geological Society of Peru (SGP).

Muñoz and the study of the Cultural Landscape Office detail the composition of each strip according to its color.

  • Pink or fuchsia: a mixture of red clay, mud and sand.
  • Blanquecino: sandstone (quartz sand) and limestone.
  • Purple or lavender: marl (mixture of clay and calcium carbonate) and silicates.
  • Red: argilites and clays.
  • Green: clays rich in ferromagnesium (a mixture of iron and magnesium) and copper oxide.
  • Yellowish brown, mustard or gold: limonites, calcareous sandstones rich in sulphurous minerals (combined with sulphur).

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