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12 hours

Rainbow Mountain Tour (Vinicunca) and Red Valley

Discover the wonders of The Rainbow Mountain Tour and what the Red Valley has for you.

The Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) and Red Valley experience in a private tour, personalizes an excellent adventure at (5,200 masl / 17,060 ft). A trip that gives you unique and colorful landscapes, valleys full of alpaca wildlife, glaciers, and the imposing Ausangate in Quechua “Awsanqati”, the highest mountain in Cusco.

This tour by being private, allows you to choose personalized services from a professional mountain chef; the possibility of adapting the schedule to your convenience and enjoying the tour surrounded by colorful mountains with your private group accompanied by our professional Guru Explorer guide.

Discover the world-famous mountain and its colors enjoying a day of many adventures, culture and surprises.



Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Itinerary:

03:30 – 05:30: Pick up from hotel – Transport to Cusipata – Breakfast

The adventure starts very early with our professional guide picking you up at 03:00a.m., for the transfer to the small town of Cusipata (located south of Cusco). In this town you will taste an exquisite breakfast in the community of Tintinco. There will also be a short stop to shop drinks, snacks, sunscreen, among other things that are necessary.

05:30 – 6:30: Paucarpata – Phulawasipata – Hike

After an energizing breakfast, start the one-hour ascent to the base camp of the trek, Phulawasipata (4,600 masl / 15,091 ft). This journey shows exuberant landscapes, peasant communities and Alpacas in their natural habitat.

07:00 – 8:30: Hike to the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca)!

Once arrived at the base, you will receive the instructions from our professional guide preparing the ascent that lasts an average of an hour and a half. In this trail you will admire the most impressive views of the Andes, snow-covered mountains, rocky hills and the traditional fauna among llamas and alpacas.

The biggest prize will be to reach the extraordinary Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca), Vinicunca elevation is aproximately (5,200 masl / 17,060 ft). When you reach the top, you have enough time to enjoy the majestic view of the colorful mountains, imposing valleys, and the snow covering the mountains crowned by the Ausangate.

09:15 – 12:30: Red Valley – Return to base camp

After enjoying this beautiful experience, you can choose between the direct return to the base camp or walk on the top of Vinicunca mountain and then go through the Red Valley, also called "Mars", a desert of incredible and amazing reddish landscapes adorned by wild vicuñas and other camelids. After taking some photos and immersing ourselves in the tireless views of the Valley, the one-hour descent begins through a different path and one more hour by car to Cusipata.

12:30 – 15:30: Paucarpata – Lunch – Return to Cusco

Arriving again in Cusipata, you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of our world-famous Peruvian food (vegan and vegetarian options available). After this, you return on our private transport back to Cusco, directly to the center of Cusco in Plaza "Regocijo" (One block away from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco) around 4:00 p.m.

We know for sure that each experience is unique, that is why traveling with “Guru Explorers” makes you discover not only a new vision of Peru, but to rediscover the connection between you and the things you love to do... a new way of seeing the world!

* The private professional chef service is optional and at an additional cost *. The itinerary is adapted in case of reserving it, and the diet preferences of the tourists are taken into account. Likewise, a camp is set up to enjoy the mountains while you eat and receive information from our guide.

** It is recommended to keep this itinerary in order to avoid other group services and to be able to enjoy the landscape with fewer tourists around.

Additional Information


Price of the Rainbow Mountain Tour includes:

  • Departure from the lodging in the historic center of Cusco.
  • Return to Plaza "Regocijo" (One block away from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco) (Historic Center of the city).
  • Professional guide in English and Spanish (other languages are available on private tours).
  • Buffet breakfast and Lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available upon request).
  • Trekking or hiking poles (on request).
  • First Aid and oxygen.
  • Entrance tickets to the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) and the Red Valley.
Not include

Price of the Rainbow Mountain Tour excludes:

  • Transfer from hotels outside the city of Cusco (for private tours, ask for extra costs to pick up from the Sacred Valley or other places).
  • Tips for the guide.
  • Beverages.
  • Food not specified in the itinerary.
  • Horse or mule rental (approximate cost USD 30 round trip)
What to Bring

What to bring to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour?

  • Comfortable and optimal footwear for walks, warm jacket, caps or hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, bottles of water, clothing or rain poncho (especially between November - April).
  • Passport or DNI.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Devices for audiovisual recording (cell phone, camera, camcorders)
  • Cash (Local currency / Soles (S/.)

What considerations should you have when taking the Rainbow Mountain Tour:

  • The streets of the city are narrow, an aspect that limits vehicular access to certain places; in this case the guide will suggest a nearby point to pass looking for you and enjoy the tour.
  • You must be in reasonable physical condition to do the tour; however, horses can be rented to cover part of the tour at your own risk.
  • It is important that you enjoy at least two days in Cusco before doing the Tour “Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) and Red Valley”. Only then will your body be adapted to the height of the region.
  • This tour is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. Adults over 60 years of age should bear in mind that this activity requires being in very good physical condition.
  • The Red Valley route is an optional return to the starting point. This part of the excursion is carried out by individual decision - without the accompaniment of the guide - who previously offers the respective recommendations (it is not suitable for people with altitude sickness or “soroche”).
  • Due to environmental, climatic or other factors, beyond our control, the travel itinerary may vary. If so, it will be notified promptly.
  • “Guru Explorers” values ​​your time and strives to respect the tour schedule; however, they may vary for reasons beyond our control (weather, natural disasters, field conditions, among other demonstrable reasons). We will do our best to offer efficient options and solutions for your enjoyment.

Not recommended for:

  • People with heart disease, back problems, asthma or high blood pressure.
  • People in wheelchairs.
  • Pregnant women
Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policies:

  • More than 7 days, 90% is refunded.
  • Between 4 and 7 days of notification, 70% is refunded.
  • Within 3 days or less in advance, there will be no refund.

Date changes:

  • Rates applied for change of date in private tours:
    • There will be no extra charge if you notify more than 5 days in advance.
    • If notified between 3 and 5 days in advance, an additional charge of 20% will apply.
    • If you notify within 2 days or less in advance, it will not be possible to make the change and it will not be subject to a refund.
  • There will be no refund in case of delayed flights, train delays, bad weather or other external factors.
Why choose us


The experience that makes you witness the beauty of this mountain of colors is inexplicable, it is really a personal encounter between you and nature. We want to be part of the experience that you will have during the tour of the Rainbow Mountain.

If you are still wondering why choose us? We would like you to read 7 outstanding characteristics of our service:


When you go to a teacher, it is because you want to answer all the questions. In a matter of travel, money, time and enjoyment, you have to choose the best options available and that is what “Guru Explorers” is all about, giving you the perfect balance for the adventure you DESERVE.


To become “Guru Explorers”, we are still world travelers, but experts in Cusco, Lima, and the most important destinations in Peru. We lived bad and good experiences, valuing that the main difference lies in the details, so we know what elements are essential for your trip. We are travelers and we strive to enhance your experience!


We are here to provide you with the best and most accurate information and description of our tours. We are not supporters of hidden costs, that is why we provide the necessary information so you can choose the inclusions or upgrades you are looking for.


You entrust us with your time, your money and your expectations and that is why we fine-tune every detail to guarantee the trip you dream of.


Although we have pre-established packages; they can be adapted to your needs and to make plans that are suited to you, so that you can visit any place in Peru, with the expertise of “Guru Explorers”. We adapt trips for special occasions such as your corporate trips, honeymoon, birthday, social, cultural or sports event during your visit to Peru, offering you complete advice to achieve and exceed your expectations.


Before being tour guides, we are travelers, explorers, adventurers; That makes us passionate about creating the best experiences in the time you invest for yourself and those you love.


We promote Responsible and Sustainable Tourism, not affecting the traveler, nor exploiting the communities that receive it or their environment. We create more human and respectful experiences of Heritage.

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¿How difficult is the hike to the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca)?

At Guru Explorers, we rate it moderate. It is not an easy walk, and you must consider two important factors which are the height and the incline. The estimated time for the hike is 1.5 to 2 hours, starting at 4,650 masl / 15,250 ft and reaching 5,200 masl / 7,000 ft. If you think you are not prepared enough to do the trek, you can rent a horse at the base before starting the ascent.

If you want a less complex hiking route as an alternative, check out our spectacular Tour to the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain!

Can I do the tour if I don't exercise regularly?

The hike to the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) requires some effort; however, generally people who are not in good physical condition do this tour to a slower pace.

If you want a more affordable alternative hiking route, check out our tour to the colorful mountains of Palcoyo!

How long does it take to do the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) Walk?

The time depends on the physical condition of each person and the speed of the group. On average, reaching the Vinicunca pass, which is the "viewpoint", takes between an hour and a half to two. The total time, including the descent, is from two and a half to three hours.

Can horse services be hired on site?

Yes, at the base camp you will find several residents offering the services of their horses, they will accompany you as muleteers on the way. In high season it is difficult to find horses available due to the high demand. The approximate price to hire this service up and down the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) is approximately 100 Peruvian soles. (~ 30 USD) (payment is in cash and in soles)

How's the weather?

It should be taken in consideration that the coldest period is between May and October, and the rainiest months are between November and April. However, the weather and altitude can be unpredictable, ranging from sunny, windy, coldy and even rainy from one moment to the next. We suggest you always be prepared with the equipment for all weather conditions. The sun is usually intense during the morning and part of the afternoon and the temperature can rapidly decrease from -5 to 18 ° C.

Are there toilets on the route to the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca)?

Yes, there are bathrooms available provided by the residents along the way to the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca). The cost per use is 1 Peruvian Sol (~ 0.3 USD), which is paid in cash.
At what time of year is the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) covered in snow?
The probability that the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) is covered with snow is during the rainy season; from November to March.

What luggage should I bring?

As it is a full day trip, you are not allowed to carry large suitcases or bags. However, you can carry a backpack with basic items such as water, camera, cap or hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, among others needed items.
What is the difference between group and private service?

The main difference between Group and Private service is the type of experience provided. In the first one you share the experience with a small group of passengers, all departing from Cusco and being picked up at their respective lodgings. In the second one the service is personalized and you have the option of leaving earlier, to avoid other groups of tourists. Also, in private, the tour will be done at your own pace and you can customize the experience on special occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, family trips, among others.

What other alternatives do you recommend?

If you want to take to the next level and enjoy the splendor of the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) and its surroundings, we invite you to join the 2-day tour to the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca); with the opportunity to see Ausangate up close, camp in a privileged area, see lakes and impressive landscapes. Also, the next day you will be one of the first to reach the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca), avoiding large groups of tourists.


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