Hiking the Rainbow Mountain in Cusco

Hiking the Rainbow Mountain in Cusco is one of the best experience. This is a natural wonder situated in southern Peru at the foothill of the Ausangate Mountain. The Rainbow Mountain Peru is the second most visited tourist attraction in Cusco after Machu Picchu.
It is very important that you be aware of the danger when you expose to high altitudes. Remember to acclimate before taking this difficult trek. As locals, we hand out essential tips and tricks to enjoy and maximize your experience.
Below, we answer all you possible questions about hiking the Rainbow Mountain in Cusco.



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An oxygen tank will be essential especially for those who struggle at high elevations. Every trekker responds differently when hiking Rainbow Mountain which reaches heights of 5 025 m. / 16 482 ft.


We are professional tour guides with university degrees and highly trained to do our job well and successful. We have over ten years of experience doing this, so there is nothing to worry about.


When is the best time to hike the Rainbow Mountain?

We recommend visiting this natural wonder from May to November.
For your own safety, avoid going in the rainy season (December to March).

Do you pick me up from my hotel for the rainbow mountain tour?

Yes, we offer pick-ups from the hotel, but drop off will be two block from the city center. This a good chance to dine before heading to your hotel.

Should I rent a horse from you or during the hike?

Most Rainbow Mountain trekkers rent a horse from locals for 80 soles. The horse ride takes about one hour and you still need to walk the last part for 20 minutes.

What if I have an altitude sickness on the way to the Rainbow Mountain?

This is a common problem when you visit the Andes of Peru. The Rainbow Mountain is at an altitude of 5 025 masl, therefore, we recommend to acclimate at least 2 days. If you get badly affected, for your well-being you should return slowly and wait for the others in the car.

Do I need to be in good physical condition to hike the Rainbow Mountain?

Not necessarily, because we see daily sixty-year old trekker or more. All you need is a just a positive mental attitude and a little of determination.

What kind of shoes should I wear for the Rainbow Mountain trek?

We recommend comfortable and appropriate hiking shoes. Some sections of this pathway will be slippery and muddy, it depends on the weather conditions.

Does the Rainbow Mountain tour include breakfast and lunch?

Yes it does. On this tour, we will include buffet breakfast and buffet lunch. All prepared with locally produced ingredients.

How long does it take to reach the rainbow mountain?

For regular trekkers it will take about 3 hours up and down. But if you never hiked at this elevation, it might take longer.

How far is the Rainbow Mountain from Cusco?

105 kilometers or 65 miles.

How much is the Rainbow Mountain Tour?

Shared service US $35 and private tour US $120 per person.

What should I wear for Rainbow Mountain tour?

  • Trekking boots (water proof even better).
  • Four-season jacket or goose down.
  • Gloves and scarf.
  • Hat with brim only.

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