Rainbow Mountain, known locally as Vinicunca, offers one of the most breathtaking and unique landscapes in the Peruvian Andes. You can experience this natural wonder, renowned for its vivid, rainbow-like colors, in just one day. At Machu Picchu Reservations we pride ourselves on being direct tour operators, ensuring a top-notch experience with bilingual (English and Spanish) guides, modern transportation, and included meals, all designed for your utmost enjoyment.

Additionally, your journey includes a visit to the Red Valley, an extraordinary area that mirrors a red desert and beautifully enhances the Vinicunca experience. Don’t miss this chance to dive deep into the magic of these singular destinations with our exclusive Vinicunca tour. Join us, the direct operators, and experience the true colors of the Rainbow mountain

Hotel/Airbnb Pickup Service:

  • Time: Our pickup service is available from 4:30 AM to 5:00 AM. Your guide will directly collect you from your accommodation in Cusco during this time.
  • Office Pickup Option: Alternatively, if you are close to our office located at Portal Nuevo 270, Plaza Regocijo, near Plaza de Armas, you can join us there at 5:00 AM. This is the final pickup location before the tour begins.
  • Booking Information: At the time of booking, please provide the name and address of your hotel or Airbnb. If you choose to meet at our office, please mention this preference.

End of the Tour or Return:

  • Time and Location: The tour typically concludes between 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM at Plaza Regocijo, which is conveniently located near Plaza de Armas. This is the designated endpoint of the tour.
  • Additional Drop-off Options: If you prefer to be dropped off at the Cusco airport or bus terminal, please inform your guide in advance. We are happy to accommodate your request; however, advance notice is required to ensure we can make the necessary arrangements.

Daily Departures and Booking: We offer daily tour departures, which you can book online via our website or in person at our Cusco office. Bookings can be made in advance or up to 9:00 PM the night before the tour, accommodating both early planners and last-minute decisions.

Tour Group Size: Typically, groups range from 14 to 16 participants, with a maximum of 18, all led by a bilingual English and Spanish-speaking professional guide.

Tour Meals: Enjoy a nutritious breakfast and buffet lunch also adapted for vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free diets, and other dietary restrictions at no extra cost—just notify us in advance.

Free Luggage Storage: Conveniently store any extra luggage at our central Cusco office, available daily from 7 AM to 10 PM and early mornings from 4:45 AM to 5:15 AM before your tour starts, allowing you to explore worry-free.

Cancellations and Refunds:

  • Full Refund: Cancellations made up to 24 hours before the tour begins are eligible for a 100% refund.
  • Partial Refund: If you cancel within 24 hours but before 7 PM on the day prior to the tour, you will receive a 50% refund.
  • No Refund: Cancellations made after 7 PM the day before the tour are not eligible for a refund.



  • Prepare for the altitude: Rainbow Mountain is located at an altitude of over 5100m/16,000 feet, so it’s important to be prepared for the effects of high altitude. Make sure to drink plenty of water, rest as needed, and consider taking altitude sickness medication if recommended by your doctor.
  • Dress in layers: The weather at Rainbow Mountain can be unpredictable, so it’s a good idea to dress in layers. Bring warm clothing, as temperatures can drop quickly at high altitudes, but also bring lighter clothing for when the sun is shining.
  • Recommended type of shoe: For the hike to Rainbow Mountain, comfort is key. You can complete the trek in any type of sports or hiking shoe that feels comfortable. Many visitors successfully hike in regular sneakers, thanks to the well-maintained trails that make the 4 to 5 hours of walking enjoyable. However, for optimal comfort and support, mountain hiking shoes are highly recommended. These shoes are specifically designed to enhance your foot comfort during the hike.
  • Bring sunscreen and sunglasses: The sun can be intense at high altitudes, so it’s important to bring sunscreen and sunglasses to protect yourself from UV rays.
  • Bring snacks and water: There are no food or drink vendors along the Rainbow Mountain trail, so be sure to bring snacks and plenty of water to stay hydrated and energized.
  • Bring Cash: Ensure you have soles in cash to purchase entrance tickets to Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley, as these sites only accept cash payments in this currency.
  • Respect the environment: Rainbow Mountain is a beautiful natural wonder, so it’s important to respect the environment and leave no trace. Make sure to pack out any trash you bring in and stay on designated trails to protect the fragile ecosystem.




Per person

Group Size:

Max: 16 People per group

Physical Level:


Tour location:

Cusco - Peru

Tour type:



1B, D, 1L


Daily Departures




Round Trip Transportation

  • Travel in comfort from Cusco to the Colorful Mountain and back. Our fleet includes modern Mercedes Benz vehicles designed for tourist services.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast: Enjoy a selection of fruit juice, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, fruit salad, and your choice of bread or pancakes with butter and jam.
  • Buffet Lunch: A buffet-style lunch offers a variety of options to suit all tastes.

Tour Guide

  • Our tours are led by professional, English-speaking guides to enhance your journey.

Safety Measures

  • We provide first-aid equipment and an oxygen bottle for emergencies, ensuring a safe experience for all participants.

Not Included

  • Entrance Fee for Rainbow Mountain: 30 Soles. This fee is charged by the local government and communities.
  • Entrance Fee for the Red Valley: 20 Soles. Please ensure you have cash available for this fee.
  • Personal Gear: Please bring any necessary personal gear for the tour.
  • Tips: Gratuities for guides and staff are not included and are greatly appreciated.Horse Rental for Riding at Rainbow Mountain:Availability and Assistance:
    • Riding horses are available for rent from locals at the Rainbow Mountain checkpoint. Your tour guide will help facilitate the rental process if you wish to ride.

    Cost and Inclusions:

    • The rental fee for a horse ride to the summit is between 90 to 100 soles (approximately $25 to $30 USD). This fee includes the guidance of a local who will lead the horse up the mountain, allowing you to simply sit back and enjoy the ascent. If you decide to rent a horse for the return journey as well, the cost will be an additional 40 to 60 soles (about $10 to $17 USD).

    Pricing Variability:

    • The cost of horse rentals can fluctuate based on daily demand. Prices may be higher on busy days and lower during quieter periods. Negotiation is recommended, and the locals are typically amiable and open to discussion. Payment must be in Peruvian soles.

    Animal Welfare:

    • It’s crucial to treat the horses with kindness and respect. Select a tour operator that ensures the proper treatment and well-being of their animals.

    Photo Souvenirs at Rainbow Mountain:

    Local Culture and Animals:

    • Rainbow Mountain offers excellent opportunities for unique photographs. You’ll frequently encounter locals in traditional attire with llamas and alpacas, providing a colorful and authentic backdrop for photos.

    Cost for Photos:

    • If you opt to take pictures with the locals and their animals, a tip of about 5 soles ($2 USD) is typically expected. This small amount helps support the local community and compensates them for contributing to your travel memories.




Frequent questions FAQ´S

What is Rainbow Mountain?

Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca or Montaña de Siete Colores in Spanish, is a mountain in the Andes of Peru that is known for its vibrant colors. The mountain is made up of sedimentary rock that has been eroded over time, revealing layers of different colors.

How do I get to Rainbow Mountain Hike?

The Rainbow Mountain trek usually starts from Cusco or the nearby town of Cusipata. The trek itself is a day trip, and most tour operators provide transportation to and from the starting point of the trek. It’s best to book a tour with a reputable company to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.

How difficult is the trek to Rainbow Mountain Trek?

The trek to Rainbow Mountain is considered to be challenging due to the high altitude and steep inclines. The trek is approximately 10 kilometers long and reaches an altitude of over 5,000 meters above sea level. It’s recommended that you spend at least a few days in Cusco before attempting the trek to acclimate to the high altitude.

What should I bring with me on the trek to Rainbow Mountain Trek?

It’s important to bring warm clothing, as temperatures at the top of the mountain can be very cold. You should also bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. It’s also important to bring plenty of water and snacks to keep yourself hydrated and energized during the trek.

How difficult is the rainbow mountain trek?

The difficulty of the rainbow mountain trek can vary depending on the route and the level of physical fitness of the participant. Generally, it’s considered a moderately difficult trek, with some steep sections and high altitude. It’s recommended that participants acclimate to the altitude for a few days before attempting the trek.

Is it safe to go on a rainbow mountain tour?

Yes, it’s generally safe to go on a rainbow mountain tour. However, it’s important to choose a reputable tour operator and to follow the instructions of your guide to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. It’s also recommended that participants have travel insurance and consult with a doctor before traveling to high-altitude destinations.

Are there any age restrictions for the rainbow mountain tour?

There are no specific age restrictions for the rainbow mountain tour. However, it’s important to consider the physical fitness and altitude tolerance of children and elderly participants before booking the tour. It’s also recommended that children under the age of  08 are accompanied by an adult.

What is the best time to go on a rainbow mountain tour?

The best time to go on a rainbow mountain tour is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. However, it’s important to note that the weather can be unpredictable, so it’s always a good idea to check the forecast before booking your tour.

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Full Day
$25.00 Per person (Group service)
Amazing trek with the best guide I did the Inca trail to Machupicchu for 4 days and 3 nights, with Salkantay Trekkers Peru. Our organization was excellent I joined a group of 6 people. We had the briefing one night before our departure where our guide Jose gave us full information and some suggestions. The service was very good, with all the staff that we went from the first day between them it is worth mentioning the service of our Cheff and our porters who were the people who took our travel luggage. The whole group saw the desire to work as a team, and in a professional manner. Our Guide Jose very kind and attentive with all the group of tourists and the staff of the Agency. I had the best travel experience with this group and very organized, I congratulate the whole group for making me part of this unforgettable experience. I recommend this travel agency in Cusco, for those people who are interested in traveling to Machu Picchu.
Belen F
Belen F
El mejor!! Machu Picchu mi Excursión con ellos. Organizaros perfectamente. Salimos a tiempo y la guía fue informativo y servicial. Disfrutamos cada momento de la excursión y nos sentimos en manos seguras. Lo recomiendo para cualquier excursión en Cusco y alrededor de la ciudad.
Sreeram Hariharan
Sreeram Hariharan
Servicio impresionante Fui a Salkantay Trek con la agencia. Estaba bien organizado y las guías son conocedores e informativos.

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