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Private Cusco Tour: Rainbow Mountain – Colors of The Andes Experience

Listed in National Geographic’s “Top 100 Places to Visit Before You Die," Cusco’s Rainbow Mountain is an incredible sight to behold. Join a local guide for an unforgettable private trek to see this natural wonder up close and immerse yourself in its unique, colourful beauty. Along the way, keep an eye out for llamas and alpacas roaming freely. Your adventure starts with a hearty breakfast and ends with a delicious local lunch.


  • Since this is a private tour, you can stop and take all the time that you want to enjoy the amazing Rainbow Mountain
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Ausangate Mountain Range near Cusco
  • Walk just 40 to 50 minutes to the viewpoint for spectacular views
  • A 6:30 a.m. start will give you the chance to reach a less crowded mountaintop
    Explore the area as you walk through the Andes and feel the power of the mountains
  • Mingle with locals for an amazing breakfast and lunch in a local restaurant

Local English-speaking trek guide
Private transportation
Entrance fees
Peruvian buffet lunch (meat, vegetables, different kinds of potatoes, Soups)
Oxygen tank
Horse (for emergencies)
Additional food and drinks
Tips/gratuities for your guide
Rent horses
Important Information
What is included in the tour?

Local English-speaking trek guide, private transportation, entrance fees, breakfast, Peruvian buffet lunch (meat, vegetables, different kinds of potatoes, soups), oxygen tank, horse (for emergencies), maps

What isn't included in the tour?

Additional food and drinks, tips/gratuities for your guide, rent horses

Where do we meet?

Pick up at centrally located hotels in Cusco city

Where does the tour end?

Drop off at centrally located hotels in Cusco city

What is the duration of the tour?

11 hours

What is the minimum group size for the private tour?

The private tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

Are there any Covid-19 vaccination requirements?

While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour. For further information, please review COVID-19 Health & Safety at

What if I can't find my guide?

If you have any issues on the day of your tour, please call +51 994688552

Can I cancel my tour?

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity.


Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:

  • Your tour visits the area at different hours than most groups to avoid overcrowding and minimize the impact on the natural environment.
  • The restaurant where you have breakfast and lunch is owned by a former Inca trail porter who started his business after many years of trekking.
  • Entirely covered in snow just a few years ago, Rainbow Mountain has now become one of the most impressive mountains around Cusco. Named for its eye-popping array of diverse colours created by the sediment of minerals throughout the area, this unique mountain recently opened for visitors and offers spectacular views of the Andes from its peaks.  During this private tour, you will have the opportunity to see some awe-inspiring scenery you won’t soon forget. In addition to the kaleidoscope of colours on the mountain itself, you’ll also see the Apu (the spirit that lives within the mountain) Ausangate, the highest peak in southern Perú. Along the way, expect to see llamas, alpacas and other Andean wildlife roaming freely. To reach the top a short, 45-minute hike waits for you.  Your private tour starts at 6:30 in the morning. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and after a two-hour ride, we'll reach the town of Paucarpata where a hearty local breakfast will be served. After a short break, you’ll continue for two more hours, passing through the town of Pitumarca in the Ausangate Mountain Range, and get to the starting point of our 45-minute hike to the viewpoint at 5020 metres. On arrival at the viewpoint, you'll have ample time to admire this wonder of nature and be immersed in the spectacular surroundings.  Once we’ve taken in the views, it will be time to move on and then stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Here you’ll be treated to a buffet featuring a tasty spread of local specialities including soup, something Peru is well-known for. Following lunch, it will be time to head back to Cusco.  Your safety is very important to us, which is why we have carefully crafted this excursion following the official guidelines and regulations for this activity. We carry a first aid kit, along with oxygen bottles. Horses are also available should there be an emergency.  IMPORTANT NOTES:  It is recommended you arrive in Cusco two days prior to your trek so you can adapt to the altitude. We strongly advise against taking this trip upon arrival.  The walk will start at a point that is higher than the city of Cusco and will take you to 5020 metres at the highest point of the trek. Your tour starts early in the morning when the temperatures in the Andes are very low, so we advise bringing warm and light clothes, hat, gloves, comfortable trousers and hiking shoes. It’s always best to dress in layers. It is a good idea to carry a rain jacket or a rain poncho with you during the trek. Sun block is very important. The intensity of the solar radiation is much higher at this altitude.

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