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Rainbow Mountain Trek & Red Valley 1 Day

Enjoy the natural colors of the stunning Rainbow Mountain Trek, hiking through a beautiful Andean valley, in which you may interact with the local people who are still keeping traditional Quechua culture alive!  You will see snow capped peaks, herds of alpaca, glaciers and birds of prey, all set within an incredibly colourful mountain range.

The Rainbow Mountain trek offers opportunities to see a range of wildlife including soaring eagles and caracara falcons.  The colourful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area are very different from any other landscape you may visit in Peru!

Rainbow Mountain Trek – Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Cusipata – Llacto – Rainbow Mountain – Llacto – Cusco

Your amazing Rainbow Mountain Trek Adventure begins with pick up from your hotel at 4am! We set out on our drive for 3 hours through the South Valley, on our way to the trailhead at Llacto (4,638m / 15,216 ft).  Along the way, there are amazing views of farming Inca terraces, traditional villages, valleys and high Andean peaks.

The herds of alpacas and llamas near your breakfast place will entertain you in the early morning. Enjoy a delicious and hearty breakfast, then get back in the van for the last 5 minute drive to the trailhead. We start on our hike following a lovely stream, with views of the Ausangate Mountain and glaciers. This is a great place to interact with the local people, who are still keeping traditional Quechua culture alive. Learn about their traditional clothes and the significance of the different hats worn by the men. Ask your guide to teach you a few words of Quechua!

After hiking up for about 1.5 hours, we finally reach our destination: the Rainbow Mountain! (5,020m /16,466ft). After admiring the unique beauty of this colorful landscape, you will have time to explore the area. You can take pictures or just soak up the view. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top. Afterwards, there is an optional hike across to the top of the Red Valley.  This walk takes about 45 minutes longer to get back to the trailhead.

At this point, we hike back down the way we came. The hike takes 1 hour, then we enjoy our hearty lunch which will prepared by our chef while you are hiking.

We will embark on the 3-hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel, arriving around 5:00pm.

**** There is an option to rent a horse from local people right at the starting point of the trek!


  • Pick-up at your hotel the morning of your trek
  • Private transport from Cusco to Llacto trailhead and back to Cusco
  • English speaking, experienced and professional guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle



  • Horses, which can be rented at the trailhead
  • Trekking Poles – $15
  • Tips for the driver, guide and cook

Enjoy this 1 day hike with expert team and in a small or private groups!




    2 persons $150 pp
    3  persons $125 pp
    4 persons $100 pp
    5 persons $80 pp
    6 or more persons $70 pp
    ***Price per person based on the number of participants in the group.  When group is finalized, each person will pay per person based on the size of the final group.  There is no guarantee of how many may join except the limit is 10 people per group.
    ***Minimum is 2 participants per group to start a group.




    2 persons $170 pp
    3  persons $150 pp
    4 persons $130 pp
    5 persons $110 pp
    6 or more persons $90 pp
    ***Private group price is based on group price not per person, and will be completely private with your own guide, chauffeur and private van.  No others will be added to the group.
    ***Minimum is 1 person but that person will pay $197 for the private group.


    • A horse can be rented for the trip from locals when you arrive for about US$25. Local people only accept cash Peruvian soles. Your guide will help you negotiate the price.