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Rainbow Mountain Tour & Red Valley 1-Day Hike

Cusco - Rainbow Mountain - Red Valley
Service Level:
Activity type:
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Wildlife
  • Scenic Vistas
Physical Rating:
Trip Type:
Private Tour & Semi-Private Tour
Trip Length
Full Day
Starting from
$ 130
per person

Experience Our exclusive Rainbow Mountain Tour & Red Valley

This Day Tour will take you to the now-famous Colored Mountains. Enjoy this day hike route to the amazing painted hills of Rainbow Mountains in the Peruvian Andes; an adventure that will amaze you constantly, with a combination of colorful landscapes, snow-capped, Challenging uphills; llamas, and alpacas. Avoid the massive crowds with our exclusive itinerary on a private or semi-private experience.

Get ready to explore Peru’s Rainbow Mountains and its most scenic and stunning landscapes on this 1-day hiking tour. Enjoy the natural and fascinating colors of the Vinicunca Mountain with your private local guide by your side. During this hike, you will also experience summiting a peak over 16,000 feet, where you will be amazed at the 360° panoramic views of Rainbow Mountain, and the altitude will literally take your breath away.

The Rainbow Mountain Day Tour is an absolute must-see for all those who love stunning landscapes and gorgeous scenery. If you are planning to Travel to Peru! You should consider including it in your itinerary! It’s now the second-most visited site in Cusco after Machu Picchu! If the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountains seem challenging and you are NOT prepared for a hard hike? No problem! Check out our Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour is a perfect option for you as you only hike for 45 min. to the viewpoint and see the colored mountains.

Why you will love this tour

  • Avoid the massive crowds with our exclusive itinerary on a private or semi-private experience.
  • We have 2 different departure times to avoid most of the crowds
  • Instagram-worthy views of the colorful Rainbow Mountain, we know the best spots for photos.
  • Explore the incredible Red Valley viewpoint.
  • Enjoy a personal and flexible private guided tour to the Rainbow Mountains conducted by a friendly and Knowledgeable Tour Guide
  • This is not the standard Bus Group Tour to the Rainbow Mountain, unlike the standard tours,  we don’t follow the crowds, while we include the must-see highlights in this tour; we make every effort to avoid most of the crowds.
  • All our tour experiences are private and semi-private so you enjoy a personal experience, go at your own pace and you will be able to talk to your guide and ask questions and be involved during the tour.

Trip Details

  • Tour Type: Private and Semiprivate (2 – 6 Participants)
  • Tour duration: Full day tour
  • Activities: Hiking, culture, and nature
  • Meeting location: Your hotel lobby in Cusco. We can also organize this trip from Hotels in Urubamba
  • Pick up schedule: At 4:30 am from your hotel in Cusco
  • Drop off schedule: Your hotel’s front desk at 5:30 – 6 pm
  • Group Size: Depends on you since the tour is in private service
  • Good For: Those with a sense of adventure and in good hiking shape
  • Physical rating: Moderate due to the altitude of the trail
  • Consideration: Please remember comfortable shoes – lots of walking around
  • Hiking time: 3-4 hours including the Rock Forest
  • Customizable: Yes! Custom, add-ons are all available. You can add this tour to any trek or multi-day tour


Travel to Rainbow Mountain - Red Valley

The day trip starts in Cusco where you are picked up from your hotel early in the morning (3 – 4 AM) then we proceed to drive nearly 3 hours in a private car to the start of the trail. A delicious breakfast will be provided on the way. The hike itself to the Rainbow Mountain viewpoint will take around 2 hours, along the way, you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, and many llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley.

As you get closer to the summit of the Rainbow Mountain you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills, and finally, with one last push, you will hike up to a strategic location that gives you a 360-degree view of the beautiful landscape that makes up the sacred land. Once arriving at the viewpoint of Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to absorb the majesty of the Colored mountains that surround this area.

You will also see amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier Peak in front of you. After about an hour you will start hiking back to the trailhead (1 hour) and here, we enjoy a deserved Lunch and then we return to Cusco arriving by 4 PM.


  • Personal pick-up and drop-off from/to your hotel
  • Bilingual Local Friend Tour Guide
  • Private transportation with a separate driver
  • Breakfast + Lunch
  • Entrance Tickets to the private land of Rainbow Mountain
  • First-aid kit + Oxygen

Not Included

  • Gratuities
  • Personal riding horse. Additional horses may be rented according to the needs of the individual
  • EXTENSION: Red Valley Hike (1-Hour hike) at no extra cost just need to pay your admission ticket which is $4

Prices per person

# Price / Person Book Now
1 People We have special rates for SOLO travelers. Get started by filling out the information below. Enquire Now
2 People $ 160.00 Enquire Now
3 People $ 150.00 Enquire Now
4 People $ 140.00 Enquire Now
5 People $ 130.00 Enquire Now
6+ People We have special rates for groups over 6ppl. Get started by filling out the information below. Enquire Now

What to Expect

Impressive views, mild to hot temperatures although kind of glacier wind at the viewpoint of the Rainbow Mountain; mostly sunny days during the months of May, June, July, and August; Stops at scenic spots en route; Friendly English speaking tour guide; Your journey your way!

Frequently Asked Questions

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What Should I Pack For This Day Trip?


  • Daypack
  • Good hiking Shoes: hiking or Running shoes
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Hat and gloves
  • Warm clothes, warm fleece, Layers, socks gloves
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat and Sunscreen
  • Reusable plastic/metal water containers, or camel bags
  • Water
  • Personal medication
  • Camera(s)

Unpredictable, Some days could be sunny with blue sky, while other days foggy, rainy, snowy. Be prepared!

*** The Rainbow Mountain tours are subject to weather conditions; the view as in the pictures will depend on the weather and time of year of the visit. Normally the rainy season (December to March) can be foggy and snowy.

The hike itself will take about 3 – 4 hours round-trip. Hiking is over rolling countryside and steep trails. The terrain is a gradual climb and you are walking in a wide valley most of the trek

Demanding – high altitude hike – accessible to the most traveler – depending on your fitness level. This is a challenging day of hiking. Hikers should be reasonably fit, and spend some time in Cusco to acclimate (we recommend 2- 3 days in Cusco or similar elevation) The hike takes place over 4500m (15,000ft) and is about 8km/ 5miles length, with an elevation gain of 685m (2250ft). The main reason this trek is difficult is because of the elevation.

We offer every day departures with a minimum of 2 people. Prices are per person, which is based on two people. The itinerary is described and based on personalized Private/Semi-private Service.

Why Travel with us

Local Knowledge & Expertise

It's great to travel with professional experts from the same destination you are going, that's how you get first-hand information. With deep in-country knowledge, We know the ins and outs of all the logistics, we will ensure you can make the most of your time away.

Personalized Experiences

Your time is precious - we know that. Your experience is our top priority. No big bus groups, No flags to follow! Traveling with a private guide and driver you’ll do what you want, when you want with the freedom to change your plans on the fly.

Friendly Local Guides

Great sights don’t make an amazing tour. Great guides do! Our guides don’t read from a script, we give them the freedom to make each tour their own, and your experience unique. We love what we do and it shows. From the moment you arrive, you'll feel the buzz and excitement that Cusco Local Friend to offer.

Exclusive Itineraries

It’s not all about the destination, it’s also about the journey. We offer only the best itineraries and tours. As local experts, we know first-hand what tours or experiences are the ones that most travelers enjoy and request. Escape the crowds! Never waste any minute, never miss any highlight!

Trip Reviews

Cusco Local Friend has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence due to the most consistent 5-star reviews in Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu for exceptional levels of service and care.

Cat Z
Cat Z
January 26, 2022.
We love Cusco Local Friend! Lovely tour of Sacred Valley! We visited Chinchero, Moray, the Maras Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo. Percy was extremely helpful and communicative, going above and beyond to make the best suggestions and be flexible with our travel situation. Our tour guide Hugo was super friendly, talkative and informative. He introduced us to a few unique and off the beaten path options like a stop to drink some homemade chicha, a casual 1-hour hike down the Maras Salt Mines that ended up in a small village near the Urubamba River, and many pit stops to see additional sites, photo ops and interesting history lessons. Our driver Edison was also very polite. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a private, detailed tour of anywhere in Cusco!
January 10, 2022.
A wonderful Sacred Valley day tour! Percy helped design a tour for us during the day including our transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. The price was very fair and we had an amazing day, including a memorable lunch at a little spot with llamas everywhere! Our guide Carlos was super knowledgeable, friendly and professional and I'd recommend Cusco Local Friend to anyone!
Scotty W
Scotty W
December 31, 2021.
Peru’s Sacred Valley Tour These guys are amazing! They were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and made sure I was always well taken care of. They were also reasonable on prices. Highly recommended!
December 6, 2021.
3rd trip with Cusco Local Friend exceeded expectations ! Last July / August I took my 3rd trip with Hugo from Cusco Local Friend. Just like my two previous trips with them, it completely exceeded all expectations. And I’m already planning a 4th trip with them this coming summer! Hugo and Cusco Local Friend are the reason we fell in love with Peru. Hugo is professional, flexible, very knowledgeable and most of all FUN! The first two trips ( 2017 and 2018) I traveled with my two very food allergic daughters (allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood and sesame). Hugo and Mario asked a lot of questions, took the allergies very seriously, and found us some great restaurants. We even ate a pachamanca lunch with Hugo’s parents on their farm. So delicious. This time, I traveled alone. I texted Hugo my list of places I wanted to visit, things I wanted to do, and how long I wanted to spend in each location. He created the perfect itinerary and made the most of my time in Peru. We hiked for three days - Rainbow Mountain ( Vinicunca ), Seven Lakes ( Siete Lagunas ), and the alternative Rainbow Mountain - Palccoyo. The hikes were so stunningly beautiful. Hugo planned the hikes perfectly. He paid attention to health and safety and carried supplemental oxygen, snacks and water for me. And, he made them fun! We also visited the Potato Park ( Parque de la Papa ) , spent the night with a host family, and visited Pisac. We were supposed to do a food tour on my last day in Cusco, my my stomach was a bit upset. So he planned some alternative things to do. He also arranged my COVID test prior to my flight home. I can’t wait for my next trip with Cusco Local Friend! Call or text them with WhatsApp at +51 984 585 909 or +51 996 550 700. Email at . Have a great trip!
Ferhat D
Ferhat D
November 2, 2021.
Perfect 👍🏻 Hugo was a great and knowledgeable person. He was so friendly and very patient with our questions. As a group, we really enjoyed our trip. I highly recommend him!! Thank you very much for the great experience, Hugo!!
November 2, 2021.
nice Everything went well. The tour was organised as individually as possible and all our wishes were taken into account immediately. Good guys, I recommend them.
Ahram A
Ahram A
October 26, 2021.
Thank you Hugo! I want anyone to know that you can trust Hugo from Cusco Local Friends. My wife and I spent 4 different days with Hugo hiking into Machu Picho, Rainbow Mountain, and on a beautiful, secluded hike to the Sun Gate above Ollantayambo. Hugo made everything easy with private car pick ups from the airport, and he is very knowledgable about the history of every place. I would hire Hugo again anytime when I go back to Peru. Thank you my brother! Ahram + Jennie
Andrew De Donato
Andrew De Donato
October 14, 2021.
Fantastic Tour on Short Notice Hugo was a fantastic guide to spend the day with. He met us in the morning at our hostel in Aguas Calientes and helped us get set up for the day as we picked up some last minute items like snacks, water, and insect repellant. We took the bus to Machu Picchu together and once we got to the site, he provided a really in-depth and interesting tour. He had great answers to every follow up question we had, took fantastic photos throughout the day, and was generally just a really nice and helpful person! I learned so much and will definitely use Cusco Local Friend again next time I visit. I should also add that I originally reached out to him only two days before we were slated to be in Aguas Calientes and he was easy to work with on such short notice and able to source some hard-to-find entry tickets for the time we wanted to visit.
Jessica K
Jessica K
August 17, 2021.
MAGICAL TOUR DURING OUR AMAZING HONEYMOON!! Hugo was truly our Local Friend! We had an amazing tour of Machu Picchu that made our Honeymoon even more fantastic than it already was. He gave us some very interesting and amazing details about the ruins and Incan culture. We would love to return to Peru to learn more and hop on another one of his tours. On top of everything, he even met up with us the next day to help us in Cusco get our Covid Antigen tests so we could fly home (We originally didn't know we needed them to return). Absolutely fun and professional man. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
July 15, 2021.
Best tour experience ever! The best thing I can say about our 3 days touring with Hugo is that we left having made a great friend and look very forward to seeing him again. He led us on sensational tours of Ollantaytambo, Moray, Maras, Chinchero, Pisca, Rainbow Mountains and gave us valuable advice, counsel, and information for our self guided tour of Machu Picchu. Every day seemed to exceed the grandeur and historical significance of the previous day. Each day, with Hugo's terrific guiding, we found ourselves more captivated with Peru and it's history. Hugo is incredibly well versed in the history and lore of the Cusco region and is thoughtful and engaging in sharing his knowledge. He adjusted our tours to meet our needs, interests, age and fitness levels. He was always gracious, thoughtful, kind and understanding. If we were ahead of schedule Hugo always had an additional archeological site or worthwhile additional "something" to see. Sarah and I have travelled throughout the US, Scandinavia, Europe, and Southeast Asia. This was the single greatest travel experience we've shared. And a great deal of the credit is due to Hugo's thoughtful, caring personality and his singular interest in making each of his participants have a fully developed, well organized, educational, and enjoyable experience. I can't make a stronger recommendation than to say using any other tour service in the Cusco region would diminish your experience compared to what Hugo and Cusco Local Friends would give you.

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