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Rainbow Mountain Tours & hike or Montaña arcoiris


The  Red Valley & Rainbow Mountain tours of 1day is a popular excursion for travelers visiting Cusco, Peru, eager to witness the breathtakingly colorful Vinicunca, or "Rainbow Mountain." This geological wonder has become a must-visit spot due to its strikingly vibrant mineral bands, creating a rainbow effect on the mountainside.

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Red Valley & Rainbow Mountain tours of 1day with Qoricancha Expeditions. Marvel at the kaleidoscope of colors splashed across the high-altitude Andean landscape, as you venture to one of nature's most mesmerizing masterpieces. This is a journey you'll never forget."

  • FREQUENCY: We organize from March to december ( January - february no, due to the rainy season)
  • Type of Service: English speaking group tour with a max of 8 people.
  • Availability: everyday , we only need minumun 2 hikers.
  • Difficulty: Challenge. the elevation makes challenge the hike . its located at 5200m.

Summary of the Itinerary for a Rainbow Mountain & red valley 1 Day Tour

  1. Early Morning Start:
    • Approximately 4 - 30AM departure from Cusco.
    • A drive to the trailhead, which takes about 3 hours.
  2. Breakfast:
    • A stop at a local spot for a quick breakfast to fuel up before the hike.
  3. Trek to Rainbow Mountain:
    • Beginning at an elevation of about 4,350 meters.
    • A challenging uphill hike of about 2-3 hours to reach the peak at 5,150 meters.
  4. At the Summit:
    • Time to explore, take photos, and marvel at the vibrant colors of Rainbow Mountain.
    • Some tours offer a spiritual or cultural ceremony led by a local shaman.
  5. Visit to the Red Valley:
    • Additional hike to the Red Valley for more breathtaking views.
    • Witness the stunning red landscapes, often less crowded than Rainbow Mountain.
  6. Descent and Lunch:
    • A return trek to the trailhead.
    • Lunch at a local restaurant, sometimes in the town of Pitumarca.
  7. Return to Cusco:
    • Arrival back in Cusco typically in the late afternoon or early evening.

Essential tips for the tour:

  • Acclimatization: Spend a few days in Cusco or another high-altitude location to acclimatize before attempting the hike.
  • Physical Fitness: Be aware that the trek is demanding, especially due to the altitude.
  • Clothing: Wear layers of clothing suitable for varying weather conditions, and bring rain gear just in case.
  • Water and Snacks: Bring sufficient water and some energy-boosting snacks for the hike.
  • Altitude Sickness: Bring coca leaves or altitude sickness tablets as a precaution. Consult with a healthcare professional regarding altitude sickness prevention.
  • Responsible Tourism: Respect local customs and the environment. Pack out all trash and consider supporting local businesses.

What ou need to take for this tour:

  • Small day pack,.
  • Sun hat . sun screen.
  • Rain gear (from November to April is wet season )
  • Camara.
  • Wáter
  • Snack.
  • Trekking cloth
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sun glasses
  • trekking poles

Embark on an unforgettable day of adventure as you journey to the Red Valley & Rainbow Mountain Tours. Witness the breathtaking beauty of these colorful, high-altitude landscapes, painted by nature, all in a single exhilarating day.

Why Travel with Qoricancha Expeditions?

  • Expertise and Excellence: Qoricancha Expeditions is renowned for its commitment to excellence in guiding and customer service. With their experienced team, you're in the hands of professionals who will ensure a memorable and hassle-free experience.
  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of Peru. Qoricancha Expeditions provides expert guides who will share their deep knowledge of the region, offering insights into the ancient Inca civilization and local traditions.
  • Small Group Advantage: Smaller tour group sizes allow for a more intimate experience, increased interaction with guides, and the opportunity to form connections with fellow travelers.
  • Memories for a Lifetime: Traveling with Qoricancha Expeditions guarantees not only an unforgettable adventure but also memories that will stay with you forever. It's a journey that promises to leave you with a profound appreciation for the wonders of Peru.


  • Experienced english speaking tour guide
  • Private transporation.
  • all entrance ticket for the sites you visit
  • breakfast and lunch


  • tipping for your guide and driver (optional)
  • Travel insurance


Hike the Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley tour.

Get ready for an unforgettable day! Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 4 am, and together, we'll embark on a roughly 3-hour drive to the trailhead. Along the way, we'll make a stop for a hearty breakfast to fuel up for the journey ahead.

Once we reach the trailhead, situated at an elevation of 4,350 meters, it's time to prepare and start our hike. The region is known for its cold and dry climate due to the high altitude, so make sure to dress warmly and be ready for the adventure. The trek is approximately 4 kilometers long, lasting nearly 2.5 hours, as we ascend to the summit of Rainbow Mountain, also known as Winikunqa, which stands at an impressive 5,150 meters above sea level.

Upon reaching the summit, you'll have ample time to savor the breathtaking beauty of this natural wonder and capture memorable photographs. The vibrant colors of Rainbow Mountain are truly a sight to behold.

But the adventure doesn't end there. We'll continue our hike to explore the Red Valley, located on the backside of Rainbow Mountain. From the higher vantage point, you'll be treated to a panoramic view of this unique all-red valley. After relishing the wonders of both Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley, we'll retrace our steps along the same path, returning to where our driver awaits. We'll then enjoy a scenic 50-minute drive to a restaurant, where you'll indulge in a delicious and well-deserved lunch.

Following our satisfying meal, we'll head back to Cusco, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel. Expect to return to Cusco by approximately 5:30 pm. This day promises to be an extraordinary adventure filled with stunning natural landscapes and unforgettable experiences.

  • Entry fees: Include
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Hotel: No include


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