Rainbow Mountain Cusco
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Welcome to Rainbow Mountain Cusco Journey through an undiscovered land of wild desert landscapes, snow capped peaks, herds of alpaca, and arrive at the ultimate destination - The “Rainbow Mountain” hidden deep in the Andes. Throughout your journey you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the impressive Ausangate mountain towering in the distance. You will experience first hand how locals live in the mountains and even have a chance to speak with them. As you get closer to the Rainbow Mountain you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. Your guide will explain what makes up the existence of the “Rainbow Mountain”, and finally with one last push you will hike up to a vantage point that gives you a 360 degree view of the beautiful landscape that makes up this sacred land.
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Novaira P
Chicago, IL4 contributions
Feb 2019
If there is one place I'd recommend going to in Cusco (besides Machu Picchu, obviously), it's this Rainbow Mountain. The view from the top is one of the MOST stunning views I have ever seen. My whole family was speechless at the breathtaking views. One word of caution is to make sure you do this after you've had a few days in Cusco, so that your body can get accustomed to the high altitude. The hike is a difficult one only because you end up at 15,000 feet above sea level. I could feel my heart beating in my throat towards the end and you have to take it slow at that point. Make sure you go with a tour group so that they can not only guide you but also help you in case you have an episode during the hike. My mom ended up passing out so they took her back to the van and she hung out there with one of the tour folks and they gave her oxygen there as well. I'd highly recommend using Rainbow Mountain Travels since they leave early in the morning and are the only tour group to leave that early. That means that your group of 20 or so will be the only ones on the mountain when you get there. When we were leaving, all the other tour groups were starting to climb, so make sure you go early. Unfortunately it's a bit of a ways away from Cusco--about 2 hours or so to the base of Rainbow Mountain, but don't miss out on this incredible experience. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip!
Written January 21, 2020
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Holger435
Dear: itsnovairap Thanks so much for your review, the rauinbow mountain is a wonder that you must visit. Our team is prepared for all the situations may happen along the tour. Our priority is your safety. Thanks for your booking with us. Your Team from "Rainbow Mountain Cusco" & "Andina Expeditions" The Original Local tour operators to the rainbow Mountain since 2014.
Written January 27, 2020
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Stella
Stockholm, Sweden2,110 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
The climb up here is definitely not a joke. The starting point is at over 4,000 meters and you end up climbing up to over 5,000 meters. The steepness is difficult but that’s not the difficult part, the altitude is. Climbing like that in such thin air can and will make you dizzy and give you a headache. The climb is totally worth it and we were lucky to be blessed with such amazing and clear views even during the rainy season.
There’s also a guy at the bottom of the summit that stamps your passport for 2 soles.

The terrain is hard even during the first part of the trail but it wasn’t muddy (with the exception of very few spots) and I really did not find it dangerous. If you end up in stitches there then you should stop hiking because that’s clearly not for you. It’s doable if you know and are prepared for it.
Written February 26, 2020
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Dear :sc11884 Is definitely not for all people, but if you have the chance to see this wonder, you have to do it ! , during the rainy season the hike is even harder but it worth it ! . Thanks for enjoy the experience to the rainbow mountain Your Team from "Rainbow Mountain Cusco" & "Andina Expeditions" The Original Local tour operators to the rainbow Mountain since 2014.
Written July 3, 2020
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OldIrishCurmudgeon
Yarmouth, ME1,017 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
I really enjoyed this hike. It was fun. It’s a beautiful area, and a well-worn track to follow. I did see several people who overestimated their abilities or underestimated how the altitude was going to affect them. Several guides had to head back down for canisters of oxygen once people made it to the top. Even people who took the horses 3/4 of the way up we’re sitting down at the top of the mountain with their heads between their knees. If you have any doubts on your conditioning I recommend taking the horses it’s better to be safe than sorry. Oh yeah if it happens to snow on the day you head up you might be disappointed because you’re not going see any of the colored mountains.
Written March 10, 2020
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Dear : OldIrishCurmudgeon you are correct, the rainbow mountain is not a joke, you have to be on a good condition otherwise the altitude will make bad effects. About the snow, there is the possibility of snow only during the rainy season, January, february and March. the rest of the year, there is a minimum chance of bad weather. Hope to see you again! Your Team from "Rainbow Mountain Cusco" & "Andina Expeditions" The Original Local tour operators to the rainbow Mountain since 2014.
Written July 3, 2020
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Matteo A
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Nov 2022 • Couples
There are two guides and a driver. They all did an amazing job! Whatever your pace, they'll look after you.

If the weather is good (which it was for us), the views are simply stunning. The rainbow mountain is just one part of a breathtaking landscape.

A very good breakfast and lunch are included in the price.
Written November 3, 2022
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Katie M
Sarasota, FL26 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
This was amazing trip and very worth it . The hike is hard because of the high altitude, but it’s the most spectacular hike I’ve ever done. Our tour guide was Hanibel and bryan they were both so sweet and funny! THey guided us with music and stories to make sure we got to the top! We rented the horses for part of the way and it was lovely and made the hiking part much more bearable ! Strongly strongly recommend !
Written November 3, 2022
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Cecile
Quito, Ecuador15 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
The organization was very smooth by e-mail with Ruben eventhough was we wanted was not a specific package offered by the agency, they were very flexible.
The visit of Cusco and Qoricancha with Holger was absolutely amazing. One of the best visit/guide we ever had and certainly the best in Peru. He was so patient (we are traveling with a 4y old) and so knowledgeable on everything (architecture, Inca history and cosmology, contemporary history etc). We enjoyed every minute and can only thank them again and recommend the agency fully. We did the visit in Spanish but I believe Holger’s English is very good.
Written August 14, 2022
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Holly S
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Dec 2016 • Couples
This is one of the best experiences I have ever had. My boyfriend and I have been traveling South America for the past 4 months, and this hike has been one of our favorite adventures. In our opinion, it was more special than Machu Picchu. Before I get the MP lovers disgusted with this review, I must make it clear that we did not do the Inca Trail or hike much to get to MP (bc of time constraints), so I cannot compare those hikes. What I can say is this: the strenuous hike and the subsequent views overlooking Rainbow Mountain and the surrounding area was better than seeing the thousands of tourists flood Machu Picchu.

Here's the rundown of the tour... We booked a tour while in town with Peru Goyo Expeditions, which gave us a decent price at 95 pesos per person (~$28 USD), which included breakfast, a buffet-style lunch, the guides, transport, and a walking stick. FYI: do not book online, you will get ripped off. I suggest searching for the best price by asking around at the tour companies when you get to Cusco. There are many, so the likelihood that you will get a space on a tour is high (we booked ours at 8pm the night before the tour). The full day tour starts at 330 in the morning. We met our bus transport at the main plaza. The bus takes you on a 2-3 hour drive to the spot you'll have breakfast. Then you drive on another 20 minutes to the starting point of the hike. From there it's about a 3-4 hike up to the hill. The hike is not for the faint of heart. It is strenuous, especially due to the altitude. However, there are horses that can take you up if you start to feel too exhausted or if you cannot bear the thought of hoofing it yourself. I believe the horses started at 70 pesos, but the closer you get to the mountain, the less $ the horses are offered for. But, if your against the use of horses (like I was) or don't want to pay for the horses, the hike is definitely doable. Just pace yourself, take breaks when needed, and have some altitude meds on hand just in case. Once you get to the top, you'll understand why I wrote that it is a better experience than Machu Picchu. There is nothing like this place in the world (and it is a relatively new tour, so not many people have done this). The views along the hike and on top of the mountain are like nothing you will ever see, and the pictures don't do it justice. That combined with the trek will give you an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. After some time at the top, you will make your way back down the mountain, which is much easier and takes less time. From there you hop on the bus, which takes you to a late lunch. The buffet lunch was delicious and offered a vegetarian option as well. From there you will take the bus back to Cusco, and arrive around 7-8pm.

What also impressed me was our guides. These guys do this day-in and day-out, from 330am to 8pm. And they do it with a smile on their face. I was extremely impressed, and thankful for their hard work. If you decide to go on this trip, please tip your guides separately for their dedicated work, they definitely deserve it.

I can't recommend this trip enough! Please do yourself a favor and see this magical place. It's truly a once in a lifetime experience and you will not regret it!

Side notes: bring a little toilet paper. If you must use the bathroom on the hike, you will find a makeshift hole in the ground with a tarp wrapped as a wall. Old school "toilets"! Also... layer. It might get warm during the hike, but it's very cold at the top of the mountain. A scarf and a hoodie are also needed.

Enjoy!! :)
Written December 21, 2016
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Christina s
New York City, NY16 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
Let's talk about this little hike, shall we. So admittedly, going into this outing I was unaware of the gravity of what exactly I was signing us up for, so I am hoping to write a sobering summary of our experience so those of you reading this can make an educated decision.

We booked this trip through Viator who then set up the tour with local operators Condetravel. Being from NYC and having some hiking experience, my boyfriend and I were naive to how difficult the rainbow mountain trek really is. We're both fit 30 year olds, my bf works out everyday and competes in strong man, so we thought, eh we got this...Boy were we wrong. To preface the journey I'm about to take you on let me say while I wouldn't do this hike again knowing what I know now, I by no means regret making the actual hike. The mountain and scenery are exquisite, but you know that- you've seen the pictures and that's why you're here reading this now. Also as a note- our guides were fantastic, knowledgeable, caring, helped tremendously with the fatigue and cold by providing medicine/clothing, and also stayed with us as we dragged severely behind the group.

My first comment for this trek is rent a horse. My second, third, and forth comments are also RENT A FRIGGIN' HORSE! It is the only thing that saved us here, and even the champion hikers on our trek said they wished they'd gotten one. Those who make the hike on foot solely are gods among men and we should erect statues in their honor, bc seriously this is one of the hardest things any of us have ever done. Let's start with the fact that you will be picked up on your hike day at 3am. Yes, that means getting up at 2:30am at the latest to be somewhat presentable for pics. You are then put into a van with next to nothing leg room and your backpack on your lap. I'm talking maybe 6 inches, no lie, and this ride alone takes 3 hours.
When we got to the area, we received a breakfast of eggs, sweet bread and jam, with coffee, and that's it. It's served in a little structure with 1 room and a kitchen; no heat and mind you it's freezing out (to emphasize how cold, again we live in NYC and were shivering). There are also only outhouses here and along the way so bring wipes as toilet paper is non existent in these parts. From here, you proceed to the hike.
Our guide explained the hike to us as a climb, flat terrain, a climb, flat terrain, and one last climb- which was spot on. The climbs are a little steep, but they are also full of rocks and running water (and mushy horse poop filled dirt). Plus the altitude... like take the difficulty level in your mind for this and times it by twenty thousand. I’d like to note that we had been diligent about acclimating and didn’t just jump into this hike, we’d been in the country for 8 days by this point, 4 of which were in Cusco. We literally had to stop every 10 steps or so, even the Strongman I had with me, and almost gave up 10 mins in (again, this is not an exaggeration) but I talked my group into at least getting on a horse.

The horses go pretty much all the way, but you have to get off intermittently to do the climbs which are all excruciating. The horse sounds so nice right? And it was at 1st-- no out of breath feeling, taking lots of pics, able to relax and see the landscape at our leisure. I’d like to note my bf and I paid extra for our horses given our size, he's 6'2" and I'm 5'7"; but only 80 soles each which is still a Flippin bargain! (we also gave tips of 20 soles after since these handlers worked their behinds off). You're on these bad boys for nearly 6 hours, intense for even seasoned riders, and there are no reigns or bull horn to hold. So in addition to the bones in your legs and behind getting insanely sore, your upper body is also strained trying to balance yourself from falling. Also, the stirrups for your feet are clearly made for native Peruvians (under 5") and wrecked our knees since they were far too short for us. On a scale from 1 to 10 on the pain meter, the ride down the hike was a solid 8.5. This still though was better then huffing it on foot. The view at top of the mountain is breathtaking (pun intended) and the entire hike is 3 hours up the mountain and 1.5 to 2.5 hours back down, even with horses.

After we got back to the car, feeling victorious and exhausted, we then had to wait over an hour for the rest of the people to come back... in the tiny car bc it was still freezing at the bottom of the mountain. By this time we all also had blinding headaches from over exertion in the altitude (acute altitude sickness) and were starving, it had been 6 hours since our tiny breakfast at this point. When we finally got to lunch it was at the same place and pretty good; quinoa soup and alpaca or chicken. Then another 3 hour ride back to Cusco in our cramped van. We unfortunately had a car accident in our van where our vehicle was hit by a man on a galloping horse, which delayed our return by over an hour and we had to get a new van; thankfully no one was severely hurt (horse included).

In summary- We would not do this hike again mainly due to the debilitating impact of the altitude, the extremely long van rides to and from the mountain, the 3am pickup time coupled with the tiny meals (adding to our exhaustion and alt. sickness), and having to wait for the group to return— all of this sullied the overall experience; we could have handled the pain of the actual hike without the aforementioned parts. We all wished we had taken a walking tour of Cusco instead since the city is stunning and has so much history we never got to explore. Hopefully this play by play helps a few of you in your decision! Best of luck and happy travels.
Written May 8, 2017
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Brett S
Toronto, Canada15 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
We did the 1 day Rainbow Mountain hike and it proved to be a lot to handle. We were picked up from our hotel at 3:30am, and arrived back at about 7pm. We opted for a low price option ($40 US) which we regret doing. The guide was not much help and the food was not sufficient (1 pancake for breakfast, a couple of snacks for the hike, soup for lunch). The hike itself was beautiful, but we hadn't acclimated long enough and the altitude hit us almost immediately. When we got to the horse area, they were all accounted for. Shortly after my wife began throwing up and had a crippling headache. We were able to get her a horse and she wanted to carry on. We reached the summit exhausted and feeling pretty rough, but it was absolutely beautiful. When we arrived back at the van I would estimate roughly 6-8 of the 15 in the group were in bad shape....some needed oxygen, others just had exhausted blank stares and were just looking and feeling miserable. Personally I began experiencing a lot of tightness and pressure in my chest that made breathing difficult on the trip home. After some oxygen in the hotel, we determined I needed to go to the hospital where I spent the next 20 hours on oxygen, IV's and medication. I don't want to scare people away because as bad as some parts sound, it was a beautiful adventure and a lot of the issues we faced were of our own making, I would just advise to spend a bit of extra money and use a good tour company and most importantly acclimate in Cusco a minimum of 3 days before beginning the hike. We only acclimated for a day and a bit before we began the hike which in retrospect was pretty dumb of us.
Written December 9, 2016
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TeamCC2
42 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
We were worried about hiking at >5000m altitude for 3 hours, and was put off by reports of the crowds at the main rainbow mountain, so I started looking up alternatives to see the rainbow mountains, and I found this tour - Roger is based in cusco and you can reach him to chat about this tour, or read up the description on exploorperu's website (they are partners).
We had the best time, despite the changing weather. We startes at 5am, the group was small, just 4 of us, the van driver was very safe and the van was spotless (he washed the car everytime we had a break), Roger went out of his way to buy my husband a cake for his birthday with candles as well!
The path was very easy, we took 45 minutes and Roger brought us to different parts of the area to have different views of the rainbow mountain. It was quiet, peaceful, and we took our time to just soak in the views. I was buzzing from experiencing the beauty of the area and the mountain itself.
I would highly recommend Roger and his company Rainbow Mountain Expeditions and his partner Erik at ExploorPeru!

Written January 19, 2018
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