Rainbow mountain Vinicunca and Red Valley – Private service

Full day

Difficulty: Moderate

Customizable tour? Yes

This excursion offers the chance to visit the Rainbow Mountain and enjoy the walk to and from Vinicunca through the picturesque Red Valley. This is not a difficult walk; however, the altitude can be a problem for some travelers, as the route involves a gradual ascent from 4,630 meters / 11,186 feet to 5100 meters / 16,732 feet. It is important to spend a few days in Cusco before this excursion to acclimate.

Important details:

Travelers are advised to spend a few days in Cusco first to acclimate.

Please note that weather conditions can change very quickly at altitude. It is therefore advisable to be prepared for different kinds of weather (sun, rain, or even snow).

Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to the trailhead, round trip.
Entrance fee to Rainbow Mountain
First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
English-speaking tour guide
Delicious meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
Snacks in the morning and afternoon (fruit, biscuits, chocolate and energy bars, candy)
Not included
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
Personal items, including personal medical supplies.
Tips to guides and to the staff.
Note: Tipping of our guiding staff is acceptable, at your discretion, when you feel they have gone beyond their normal job requirements and should be compensated by you for it. Tipping for guides, cooks and porters may vary, depending on the type of service, length of trip and group size. Tipping is not compulsory.
Please note: Some participants may prefer to hire a horse (payable locally). The walk is not demanding, but some travelers may find the altitude challenging.
What to bring
Day pack for personal items (to be carried personally)
Warm clothing (for the Andean sections of the trek)
Rain jacket
Long sleeved shirts (cotton)
Cap and sunglasses
Binoculars (for birdwatching enthusiasts)
Hiking boots
Walking poles
Trekking Rates and Group Sizes

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  • Price for 2 travelers USD 175 (per person)
  • Price for 3 – 4 travelers USD 150 (per person)
  • Price for 5 – 6 travelers USD 145 (per person)
  • Price for 7 – 10 travelers USD 120 (per person)

Minimum 2 people for this trek.

Whether you’re trekking alone, in a group, or seeking a custom adventure, we’ve got you covered. Let’s create your perfect journey – just drop us an email!

Tour plan

Day 1
Cusco / Cusipata / Cusco

We will pick you up early from your hotel in Cusco, with our private vehicle, driver, and tour guide, and from Cusco we will drive south to the village of Cusipata on the main road to Puno, where our journey up to the Red Valley and Rainbow Mountain will truly begin.

We will continue along an unpaved road for 25 kilometers / 15.6 miles, with dramatic rock formations towering above us and deep canyons far below, until the end of the road at 4,500 meters/ 14,760 feet above sea level.

Before starting the trek, we will pause to enjoy a nourishing hot breakfast. We will set off on a firm trail that cuts through high altitude grasslands, passing small settlements and herds of alpacas. Our experienced tour guide will accompany us, as we walk through this spectacular scenery dominated by Mount Ausangate and other snowcapped peaks.

During the hike, we will have plenty of time to take photos and marvel at the extraordinary landscape of the Red Valley, situated at around 5,100 meters (16,728 feet) above sea level. As the lesser-known counterpart to Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain), the Red Valley receives far fewer visitors, and it is therefore possible to find one’s self almost alone, with just the other members of the group to share the spectacle. At the end of the Red Valley, we will arrive at Rainbow Mountain, where we will make the climb to its summit to marvel at its multicolored surface.

Nothing can prepare visitors for the spectacular sight of Vinicunca, with its beautiful colors dominating the horizon. At 5,100 meters (16,732 feet) above sea level, we will have a 360-degree view, with Mount Ausangate to one side and multicolored Vinicunca on the other side –it is pure magic!

After spending time taking photos and enjoying the view, we will descend to the parking lot near Rainbow Mountain, where we can enjoy our box lunch before the drive back to Cusco where we will arrive at around 5:30 pm, and you will be transferred to your hotel.

Traveling time:

Cusco – Cusipata: 81 kilometers / 52 miles; 1.5 hours.

Cusipata– to the end of the road: 25 kilometers / 15.6 miles 1.5 hours

End of the road – Cusco: 106 kilometers / 65.9 miles; 3 hours.

Hiking distance:

End of the road – Rainbow Mountain 5 kilometers / 3.1 mi (uphill) 2 hours

Rainbow Mountain – End of the road 5 kilometers / 3.1 miles (downhill) 1.5 hours

Main altitudes:

  • Cusco 3,400 meters/ 11,159 feet.
  • Cusipata: 3,330 meters/ 10,925 feet.
  • end of the road 4,630 meters/ 15,190 feet
  • Vinicunca: 5,100 meters /16,732 feet

Meals: hot breakfast, box lunch.


How far in advance do I need to book a trek or hike?

For trekking and hiking routes other than the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you should make your booking at least five days in advance, so we can make the necessary preparations, although we recommend that you make your booking up to 90 days in advance. Full refunds (minus administration costs) can be offered 45 days before your scheduled departure date. After 45 days, only partial refunds will be given.

I would like to trek with my friends, can I book now and my friends book later?

Yes, for trekking and hiking routes other than the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you can add other travelers to your group before departure. Write to us for more information on the treks, hikes and tours we have available.

What is the maximum group size? Is there a maximum?

The maximum group size is 16 persons. For more than 16 persons, a second group must be organized. A single guide travels with 8 participants. For larger groups, an assistant guide will also accompany the participants.

What do we do for water?

Use of plastic bottles on the network of Inca Trails to Machu Picchu is not permitted. Other treks and hikes do not have this restriction, but we always recommend and encourage our travelers to use reusable canteens or second use plastic water bottles. Our cook will provide you with boiled water to refill your bottle at all the campsites.

What processes are in place to ensure the equipment is always in perfect condition?

Our full time logistics staff continuously maintain and/or replace all our equipment. To ensure proper use of our equipment, all gear is handled by our trained field crew during treks and hikes.


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Full day

Difficulty: Moderate

Customizable tour? Yes

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