TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 1:

CUSCO - CUSIPATA - RAINBOW MOUNTAIN - RED VALLEY - CUSCO

Detailed Itinerary for Visiting Rainbow Mountain
  • Early Pickup: Our team will pick you up from your hotel between 4:30 and 5:00 AM. Alternatively, you can choose to meet us directly at our office at 5:00 AM.
  • Departure from Cusco: After gathering all participants, we will depart from Cusco around 5:15 AM for the two-hour drive to the village of Cusipata.
  • Breakfast in Cusipata: Upon arrival in Cusipata, you’ll enjoy a nutritious breakfast at a local restaurant and have some time to relax.
  • Journey to the Entry Point: We will continue by vehicle for another hour to the entry point of Rainbow Mountain, where you will need to pay a 30 soles entrance fee.
  • Hike to Rainbow Mountain: From the checkpoint, the hike begins. It lasts approximately 1.5 hours to the summit, gradually ascending from 4700m to 5100m. At the summit, you will have time to take photos, listen to the guide’s explanations, and interact with the local people. You will spend about an hour at the summit.
  • Red Valley Option: After enjoying the views, the tour continues to the Red Valley. Entrance here requires an additional fee of 20 soles. Alternatively, you can choose to return by the same path you ascended. The hike back through the Red Valley takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to the meeting point with the vehicle.
  • Lunch in Cusipata: Once everyone is back at the vehicle, we will return to Cusipata for a buffet lunch around 1:30 PM.
  • Return to Cusco: After lunch, we will begin the approximately two-hour drive back to Cusco, aiming to arrive between 4:30 and 5:00 PM.

This itinerary provides a comprehensive experience that includes natural wonders, cultural interaction, and flexible options for your comfort and enjoyment.

Summary: Rainbow Mountain hike

  • Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Hiking Distance: Approximately 6 kilometers
  • Estimated Trekking Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Elevation: Rainbow Mountain at 5100 meters above sea level
  • Weather Forecast: Expect cold and windy conditions
  • Additional Note: At the checkpoint before beginning the hike, saddle horses are available for rent to help with the ascent of Rainbow Mountain. The cost typically ranges from 80 to 100 soles, and may be negotiable.

Inclusions

Included

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.

Pricing


Pricing Details for 2024 and 2025: Full-Day Group Tour of Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley

Regular Price: $29 USD per person

Promotional Price: $25 USD per person

**Promotional Price: Special Promotional Pricing for Machu Picchu Tour Guests, If you have a reservation for any Machu Picchu tour, you qualify for a promotional price on our Rainbow Mountain tour. Simply select the promotional price when booking, and our team will confirm your eligibility.

**Consistent and Competitive Pricing for Rainbow Mountain Tours: Our prices for the Rainbow Mountain tour are competitive and align with standard rates in Cusco. Whether you book online or directly at our office in Cusco, you’ll find the price remains consistent. We are committed to providing the best service quality at all times, ensuring value for your experience.

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How to Book with Machu Picchu Reservation

Booking the Rainbow Mountain + Red Valley Full Day Tour

Online Booking:

  • How to Book: Click on the yellow “BOOK ONLINE” button to be directed to our booking platform.
  • Selecting Your Date: Choose the date for your trip. We have daily availability.
  • Filling Out Information: Enter your general information in the required fields.
  • Payment: Proceed to payment using any type of debit or credit card.
  • Confirmation: After submitting your information and confirming payment, you will receive an email confirming both your tour and payment details. A follow-up email will provide personalized and detailed information about your tour to ensure you are well-prepared.
  • Booking Deadline: Bookings can be made until 9:00 PM the day before the tour starts.
  • Online Booking Fee: A booking fee of 2.9% applies, payable by the customer.

Booking at Our Office:

  • Location: Visit us at our Cusco downtown office at Portal Nuevo 270 Plaza Regocijo. Our staff will provide detailed tour explanations and a map.
  • Payment Methods:
    • Cash: Accepted currencies include dollars, euros, and Peruvian soles.
    • Cards: Payments via any type of card incur a 3.9% fee, covered by the customer.

Required Information for Booking:

  • Full Name
  • Nationality
  • Hotel Name in Cusco
  • WhatsApp Number or Peruvian Cellphone Number: Please provide your WhatsApp number, including the country code, to facilitate swift communication, especially for pickup arrangements by our guide.

This structured booking process is designed to ensure a smooth preparation for your adventure to Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley, whether you choose to book online or visit our office in Cusco.

Tour Reservation Terms and Conditions

Agency Cancellations:

  • If Machu Picchu Reservations cancels the tour due to weather or political reasons, a cancellation may occur either before the start or during the tour. In such cases, the agency will refund 100% of the tour cost to the client.

Tour Reservation Changes:

  • You may modify your tour date or switch to a similar tour (such as Palcoyo, Humantay Lake, Sacred Valley, or 7 Lagoons) at no additional cost until 7 PM the day before your tour begins.
  • Please email any changes to machupicchureservations@gmail.com.

Cancellations and Refunds:

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

How to Cancel:

These conditions are designed to ensure clear communication and to protect both the interests of our clients and the operations of the agency. Please review these terms carefully and contact us for any clarifications.

Frequently Asked Questions FULL-DAY TOUR OF RAINBOW MOUNTAIN AND RED VALLEY: Discover Peru’s Colorful Landscapes

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.

Travel Guide

Rainbow Mountain trek, also known as Vinicunca or Montaña de Siete Colores, is a stunning natural wonder located in the Andes of Peru. The mountain’s unique geological formations and colors have made it a popular destination for travelers seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure.

How to Get Rainbow Mountain: The Rainbow Mountain is located about three hours away from Cusco, so the best way to get there is by taking a guided tour. Most tours offer transportation to and from your hotel, as well as food and drinks along the way.

What to Expect: The trek to the top of Rainbow Mountain is a challenging hike, but the breathtaking views make it all worthwhile. The trail is about 7 km long and takes between 3 to 4 hours to reach the summit. The altitude can be challenging, as the mountain is located at an elevation of 5,200 meters (17,060 feet), so it is recommended to take a few days in Cusco to acclimate before taking on this trek.

When to Go to Rainbow Mountain: The best time to visit Rainbow Mountain is from April to November, during the dry season. During the rainy season, which runs from December to March, the trail can be more difficult and dangerous due to the mudslides and rockfalls.

What to Bring to Rainbow Mountain Trek: It’s important to pack properly for the trek, so you can be comfortable and safe throughout the journey. Some essential items to bring include:

  • Comfortable, sturdy hiking boots with good grip
  • Warm layers, including a waterproof jacket and fleece or down jacket
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect from the strong UV rays at high altitude
  • A backpack with snacks, water, and any medication you may need
  • Cash, as there may be locals selling souvenirs and snacks along the way
  • A camera or phone to capture the stunning views

Tips for the Rainbow Mountain Trek:

  • Take it slow: As you climb higher in elevation, it’s important to go at a slow and steady pace to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the hike to stay hydrated and prevent altitude sickness.
  • Take breaks: It’s essential to take regular breaks and listen to your body. If you feel tired or dizzy, take a break and let your body rest.
  • Be prepared for the weather: The weather in the Andes can be unpredictable, so it’s important to pack layers and waterproof gear.
  • Respect the environment: As with any natural wonder, it’s important to respect the environment and follow Leave No Trace principles. Do not litter or damage the mountain in any way.

Overall, Rainbow Mountain is a challenging but incredibly rewarding trek that offers stunning views of one of nature’s wonders. With proper preparation, gear, and a positive attitude, you can make the most of your trek and enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Recommendations

Essential Tips for Trekking Rainbow Mountain

  1. Physical Fitness: Rainbow Mountain reaches elevations over 5,000 meters (16,400 feet), so being physically fit and acclimatized to high altitudes is crucial. Engage in regular exercise and spend several days in Cusco or other high-altitude areas to acclimatize before the trek.
  2. Acclimatization Strategy: Allow ample time for acclimatization, drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine. Consider altitude sickness medication as advised by a healthcare professional.
  3. Proper Gear: Wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress in layers to adapt to changing weather, including a waterproof jacket, hat, gloves, and sunscreen. Sunglasses are essential for protection against the intense mountain sun.
  4. Hydration and Nutrition: Carry enough water to stay hydrated and pack energy-boosting snacks like granola bars, fruits, or nuts to maintain energy levels throughout the hike.
  5. Hiring Local Guides: Employing a local guide is highly recommended. They are knowledgeable about the route and can enhance your safety, while providing insights into the area’s history and culture.
  6. Awareness of Altitude Sickness: Be mindful of altitude sickness symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and dizziness. If symptoms worsen, descend immediately and seek medical help if needed.
  7. Photography Etiquette: The vibrant landscapes of Rainbow Mountain are ideal for photography. Bring a camera and ensure you respect the environment by not leaving any waste.
  8. Timing Your Visit: To avoid crowds, visit during the off-peak season or start early in the morning. This ensures a quieter and more enjoyable experience.
  9. Responsible Tourism: Respect the local community and environment. Stick to marked trails, preserve vegetation, properly dispose of waste, and support the local economy by purchasing from local vendors.
  10. Weather Preparedness: The weather at Rainbow Mountain can change swiftly. Check the forecast, and prepare for possible rain or snow by bringing appropriate clothing and gear.
  11. Understanding Physical Limitations: The trek involves steep inclines and rough terrain. Honestly assess your fitness and any health concerns, consulting a healthcare professional if necessary.
  12. Respectful Behavior: Rainbow Mountain is a sacred site for locals. Show respect for their traditions and sacred spaces, and refrain from removing or damaging any natural or cultural artifacts.

TripAdvisor Reviews

Machu Picchu Reservations has received excellent reviews on TripAdvisor . These reviews highlight our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Thank you for trusting us and for your valuable feedback!", we have 5,692 reviews

Elea
Elea
2024-05-13
INCROYABLE Je recommande 100% Machu Picchu réservations! Une des meilleures expérience de ma vie avec un personnel incroyable ! Notre guide Alfredo nous a soutenu, a été à notre rythme et nous a fait découvrir des endroits hors du commun. L’organisation était au rendez vous. Le prix très abordable pour ce qu’on vécu! Je remercie toute l’équipe de Machu Picchu Reservations pour leur disponibilité et pour l’encadrement de ce super trek. Si vous devez faire un trek, foncez avec cette agence !
Matthew H
Matthew H
2024-05-13
Trip of a Lifetime This was the best trip I've ever been on. Unbelievable sights for all 5 days and so many amazing people to meet. The company took great care of us during our 5 days and 4 nights of trekking. The chefs were incredible and made great food for each meal of the day, I was really impressed! The hike itself was not too difficult. The altitude of course makes it difficult on breathing, but terrain was quite easy. There were a few spots that were extremely rocky and easy to sprain an ankle. Our tool guide, Juel, was incredible and really made our trip. He was so knowledgeable about the Inca's history and was very interesting to learn from. He would let everyone go at their own pace, always making sure everyone was okay and safe. I cannot stress the impact that he made on our trip. I would highly recommend Juel to anyone who wants the best possible experience of Salkantay. Andre at the Cusco office is also a great guy, very helpful! Overall, we had an amazing time with Machu Picchu Reservations and would highly highly recommend the tour group!
Simona I
Simona I
2024-05-12
Super trip We had an amazing tour, time and views. The information our guide was hearttouching. And all spots he show us, were so worth it the steps
Maria I
Maria I
2024-05-12
Super trip! We had an amazing time! The hike and tour in generell was just magical! Angel the guide was very kind, he gave us a lot of super interesting informations and even if it was my second time- this trip was favorite and I am taking a lot of nice memories :) I would recommend it to everybody that does not have a lot of time - worth it so much more than a one day trip!
Lucy H
Lucy H
2024-05-12
Amazing trip! The 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu was absolutely amazing. We had great accommodation each night with incredible views of the mountains, and each day was something different (lagoon, mountains, jungle, etc.). A special shout out to our guide, Billy, who was so friendly, passionate and knowledgable, and the chefs, who prepared us 3 incredible meals every single day of the trek. A trip I won’t forget for a while!
Paradise756139
Paradise756139
2024-05-12
The best 5 days What an amazing and rewarding five days with Machu Picchu reservations. My sister and I are vegan and all the food was amazing and plenty of it. The chefs went above and beyond. Aurelio was the best guide, we feel so lucky that we had him for the 5 days. He really made the trip! We had a great group of people who were so supportive and encouraging. Despite it being challenging at times we laughed so much!
Jacynthe P
Jacynthe P
2024-05-12
2 day Machu Picchu tour - amazing experience We were lucky enough to get Angel as our guide. He was amazing, super informative and captivating. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!
Pranav P
Pranav P
2024-05-11
Amazing experience Had great time at Salkantay Trekking and Machu Picchu for 5 days. Steven was excellent guide. He indulged us in inka culture, had supported so well in altitude sickness and intense hike. He took fabulous pictures and supported our vegetarian food need. Overall it was great fun with making new friends and memories. Highly recommend if you want intense hiking experience at Salkantay.
Jet S
Jet S
2024-05-11
Best andventure ever! This was honestly the best experience of my life. I had 5 days of adventure, stunning views and great company. It was sad that the time flew by as every day was such a blast! Machu Picchu Reservations is a great company to choose for the Salkantay Trek. They were very organized, food was delicious, sleeping arrangement was excellent and the guides create a supportive and amazing vibe! Aurelio was the best guide and it was bittersweet to say goodbye after such a great experience. I would highly recommend Machu Picchu Reservations and above all Aurelio as your guide!

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