Rainbow Mountain Trek in Cusco 1 Day

MAR 2022 - DEC 2023 Price from $ 49 USD pp $ 60 USD
Trip Type Walking & Trekking
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-16 people
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The Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, is located a few hours away from the city of Cusco, in the Cusipata district. This enigmatic work of nature wasn’t discovered until 2015, and since then, it is one of the principal tourist attractions in Cusco.

It is a spectacular, colorful, and particularly magnificent mountain found in the high Andes of Peru. What distinguishes Rainbow Mountain from other Andean mountains is its vibrant variety of colors. This mountain is rich in rare minerals that cause the coloration of the rainbow. Rainbow Mountain is full of layers of yellow, orange, red, and turquoise. Each color comes from a different mineral, for example, yellow indicates iron sulfide and red comes from iron oxide. Completely impressive, like a dream landscape on Earth.

Although the other Andean mountains probably have similar colorations underneath their exterior, Rainbow Mountain stands out. This is because its exterior has been literally erased. According to locals, the mountain was completely covered in snow, but due to weather changes, the snow melted. So the mountain’s unique mineralogy exposed the colors to the world creating this rainbow effect. We believe that Rainbow Mountain belongs to a fascinating fairy tale. So there is no doubt that your tours in Peru will surprise you more than you expect. In case you are on solo travel, you can also enjoy this wonderful attraction.

INCLUDED IN THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK:

  • Transportation from Cusco to the hiking start point (round trip)
  • 1 buffet lunch, 1  breakfast
  • Entrance ticket
  • English tour guide
  • Oxygen Tank

NOT INCLUDED IN THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK:

  • Trekking poles
  • Horses ( you can rent at the same start place)
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Enjoy the best visual spectacle, of the Andes mountain range, which blends into the imposing background of the impressive colors, which resemble the rainbow; the Vinicunca mountain.
  • Explore the most remote towns of Cusco, and learn about their traditions and cultural manifestations of the Cusipata shepherds, who have adapted impressively to habitats above 5,000 meters.
  • Experience a day full of adventures, and enjoy the most famous trekking in Peru, doing the tour to the mountain of colors is a great challenge that you can meet together with our local guides.
  • This tour is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Andean Great Treks group leader – our local representative fills this role – and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip. There may be up to 16 people sharing the services.
  • This trip will run with a minimum of one person so you may be joined by other travellers (some possibly booked through different companies) booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.
  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Medical and health information’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more important details about altitude sickness.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 5200 m
Hiking Distance 4 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

Your amazing Rainbow Mountain Trek Adventure begins with pick up from your hotel at 4am! We set out on our drive for 3 hours through the South Valley, on our way to the trailhead at Llacto (4,638m / 15,216 ft).  Along the way, there are amazing views of farming Inca terraces, traditional villages, valleys and high Andean peaks.

The hike to the rainbow mountain will take around 2 hours and is a distance of 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). Throughout your journey you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the snow capped peak of Apu Ausangate towering in the distance. You will see hundreds of roaming alpaca, and have the chance to truly see how Quechua people live. 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 how it was formed, 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 the sacred land.

We will have snacks on top and take a relaxing break to soak up the vistas, where you can enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. At this time you can also enjoy some coca tea that the locals prepare for visitors. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top. Afterwards, there is an optional hike across to the top of the Red Valley. This walk takes about 45 minutes longer to get back to the trailhead. Shortly after you will have a gourmet lunch prepared by our chef in a traditional mud-house and depart back to Cusco, arriving around 4pm.

  • Horseback is available to hire the morning of the trek from local horsemen. Horses are not the property of Andean Great Treks. If you choose to hire a horse please note horsemen do not speak English nor do they always stick with the group of hikers and the guide as the horses walk faster than the hikers. Should you choose to hire a horse you assume all liability and ride at your own risk. Andean Great Treks is not responsible for any accidents that occur from riding a horse.

WHAT TO BRING TO THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK

The most important thing for all travelers who want to trek to the Vinicunca rainbow mountain is to know how to carry the best equipment for these mountaineering activities.
It is recommended that you pack the best down or synthetic jacket, which can withstand temperatures down to -10 C°. Gloves, hats, trekking shoes, sunglasses, small backpack. In conclusion, you must have in your head, carry a high quality equipment, since you must be prepared to withstand the most extreme climates on the planet, from strong winds, snowfall, hail and heavy rains. Another important fact is that in the mountain of colors there are no perfect days, the weather can change from time to time.

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QUICK GUIDE ON THE TOUR TO THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN  “VINICUNCA” IN PERU

Learn more about the frequently asked questions about the Vinicunca rainbow mountain; and properly plan your next trekking adventure in Peru. If you have any other questions that are not on this list of questions, you can do so through our online chat, or by email.

WHAT IS THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK?

The best day trekking tour Rainbow Mountain Trek  was opened in 2015. It is a very popular tourist destination in the city of Cusco, you will undoubtedly enjoy the wonderful hill of colors. The Apu Ausangate is very close to the 5th highest snowfall in Peru, to see this attraction it is good to acclimatize at least one day, because it rises to 5200 meters high. On the road you can see llamas, alpacas, vicuñas. Native peoples who speak Quechua.

WHERE IS THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK LOCATED?

Located in the Peruvian Andes in Cusco just 3 hours away from the historical center, Rainbow Mountain is becoming the main attraction to see after or before Machu Picchu. As you could guess, the mountain is famed for its natural, multi-colored beauty at a staggering 5,200m above sea level. This rainbow-like appearance is created by the sediment of minerals throughout the area giving the mountain the turquoise, lavendar, gold and other colors.

It was only recently discovered due to the snow melting revealing the hidden gem that’s still considered holy by many until this day. Since its discovery, Rainbow Mountain as slowly started gaining popularity and has even been listed in National Geographic’s “Top 100 Places To Visit Before You Die”.

HOW TO GET TO RAINBOW MOUNTAIN VINICUNCA?

All tours to Rainbow Mountain leave from the city of Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire and the closest major city to Machu Picchu and many of Peru’s most famous attractions. After departing from Cusco your tour will take you on a 2-hour drive south of the city to the town of Cusipata. Not far from here is where you’ll find the Rainbow Mountain trailhead to start your hike.

GETTING FROM CUSCO TO RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

Although Rainbow Mountain is only 3 hours away from the City of Cusco, there is no public transport to this attraction. Therefore it is advisable to take a guided tour to visit the Vinicunca Mountain.

In Cusco, you’ll find different tour operators that could take you on a day trip to the Rainbow Mountain. Keep in mind that not all the tour operators are reliable since in the past many tourists have been scammed.

If it is too cheap, it doesn’t mean it’s good. Most cheap tour operators don’t mention what they include in the package, and you could end up paying more than you’d want.

Andean Great Treks is one of the recommended companies for visiting this astonishing natural wonder. Besides offering an early start in the morning, this company guarantees the arrival before the crowds, breakfast, lunch, an optional visit to the Red Valley, and assistance along the way. Make sure to know everything about the best Rainbow Mountain trek in Cusco while you’re here!

HOW DID RAINBOW MOUNTAIN BECOME SO POPULAR?

Once the mountain’s existence was known outside of the local communities, it started attracting locals and travelers alike, first having a couple of dozen of people to now taking in hundreds of visitors a day. The first thing that caught everyone’s attention was, you guessed it again, the colors seen nowhere else. But that wasn’t the only thing. It’s one of those places where the whole journey is as amazing as the destination. Llamas, horses, and alpacas are dispersed all over the range, with local communities still living almost the same life as before but now also helping visitors discover the colored mountain. The scenery along the trek is just like the pictures and even they don’t do it justice sometimes. Add to this the geological and local history and it’s no wonder why it’s gaining popularity!

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN?

The climate in the mountain of 7 colors is generally frigid due to the height at which it is located. However, being part of Cusco, the Mountain of Colors also has two defined seasons during the year.

Rainy season: between the months of November to the beginning of March. During this season there are frequent rains at various levels that can vary between drizzles to torrential rains, depending on the month of the year.

Dry season: starts approximately in March and ends in October. During this season, you can enjoy sunny days with the presence of a blue Cusco sky; In addition, in some months of the year cold winds are felt and even frost falls in the mornings and at night. Definitely, in the dry season, the rains are minimal, which favors tourism in Cusco.

WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON TO KNOW THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN?

DRY SEASON
The dry season includes the months of May to September and is characterized as high season in Cusco. During these months the landscape and the view are illuminated by the sun and adorned by a blue sky, accompanied by clouds that make the ideal place to take spectacular photos. These months are of greater influx of local and foreign tourists, and the trekking is of less risk since the road will not be covered by mud or puddles of water.

Taking into account the landscape of this time, you can immortalize your visit with the best photos in the mountain of colors since the sky is clear (with blue skies). The perfect months to make your visit are:

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

These being the months of greatest visit to the mountain of colors. The only negative thing that we can find is that this means that many tourists are visiting the Mountain during this time. And many times, it is very difficult to take photos of yourself without people.

RAINY SEASON
The low season or rainy season runs from October to March.

It is more than clear that you can reach the mountain of seven colors almost every day of the year. The difference with the high season is that the presence of casual rains can influence your trip and you may not be able to see the mountain of seven colors at its best.

The months that have the presence of rains, is where route closures occur more frequently since landslides can occur on the route, and there is also the possibility that you will have a cloudy or snowy day.

For many travelers these months are the least recommended.

  • October
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March

A point in favor of your visit at this time is that there are not many tourists. On days when there is no rain you can take incredible photos, because if it rains it is usually for a few hours and many times, you can find moments of sunshine, accompanied by melting snow and showing the fantastic colors of Vinicunca.

DOES IT ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE THE PICTURES?

Yes! And it’s definitely what makes the trek much more gratifying. There are unlucky days where the weather does ruin a little bit of the beauty but it adds a mystical effect.

HOW LONG IS THE HIKE TO VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAIN?

The walking time depends on your physical condition. If you go through Cusipata you will have to walk 1 hour and a half uphill from the parking lot to the Mountain of 7 colors. You must consider the same time of descent.

CAN I GET SOROCHE OR ALTITUDE SICKNESS IN VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAIN?

Remember that the height of Vinicunca is 5,200 meters above sea level, so it is very likely that you will suffer from altitude sickness. Symptoms are headache, dizziness, insomnia, loss of appetite, and loss of energy. It is advisable to leave this tour for the end of your stay while your body acclimatizes to the altitude.

The biggest mistake anyone will make for Rainbow Mountain, is to underestimate the altitude and its impact. If you’ve heard anyone else say how much they struggled on the walk or how terrible they felt, then it’s almost certainly because they didn’t understand or prepare correctly for altitude sickness.

The entire walk to Rainbow Mountain’s main summit viewpoint takes place at high altitude (starting at around 4,600 metres) and its summit is at 5,200 metres above sea level – this level of altitude is no joke, is significantly higher than the highest altitude of the Inca Trail hike, and is the main reason that you’re only allowed to hang out at the summit for 10-20 minutes. If you have just arrived in Peru or have travelled directly from Lima to Cusco the day before, then your body will not be used to these conditions (namely the thin air and lack of oxygen this high up).

WHAT DOES VINICUNCA MEAN?

We are sure that many travelers heard that the mountain of colors was also called Winikunka Mountain, “Winikunca” is the original name of two Quechua words “Wini” “Kunca”, where “Wini” comes from “Wini rumi” “black stone”. ” because of the black stones that abound in the area, “Kunca” means Neck, because of the narrowness of the hill that resembles a neck.

THE COLOR OF VINICUNCA MOUNTAIN VARIES ACCORDING TO THE WEATHER

Interesting fact, right? The colors of the Vinicunca Mountain change according to the weather. Let us remember that the province where the mountain is located has two defined seasons during the year: dry season and rainy season. Each one with opposite characteristics, being the dry season the best time for tourism in Cusco.

Next, the colors that you will be able to distinguish in Vinicunca:

  • Pink color: product of red clay, fangolitas (mud) and arilitas (sand).
  • Whitish color: due to the quartz sandstone and marl, rich in calcium carbonate.
  • Red:  for composed of claystones (iron) and clays belonging to the upper tertiary.
  • Green: is due to the compound of phyllites and clays rich in ferromagnesia.
  • The earthy brown:  is the product of a fanglomerate composed of rock with magnesium belonging to the Quaternary era.
  • Mustard yellow color:  due to the calcareous sandstones rich in sulphide minerals.

WAS RAINBOW MOUNTAIN ALWAYS THERE?

Yes, she was always there, but covered in ice. As the years go by as a result of Global Warming, the presence and peculiarity of this beautiful mountain is discovered, which at the beginning was only appreciated by the inhabitants of the area who, with a lot of work and enthusiasm, managed to make this mountain one of the routes most famous tourist attractions in Cusco.

WHAT IS THE DIFFICULTY OF THE TREKKING TO THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN?

The trekking difficulty for the ascent is MODERATE, with a duration of approximately 2 hours and a half (ascent) at an average pace, the route includes slightly steep climbs and plains that ascend progressively.

HOW IS THE TRAIL TO VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAIN?

The part that some of you may be most concerned about, due to the altitude, is the trek to the main viewpoint.

The good news is that it really isn’t very far and will cause no issues for many. The dirtpath trail to the top is flat for about 75% or so, with a gradual ascent for 15%, and then quite a tough steep ascent for the last 10% or 200-300 metres. At this height above sea-level, literally everyone will feel a little breathless at the beginning and on the last 10%, but if you have an ok level of fitness and have acclimatised it really shouldn’t be anything you can’t manage at a steady pace. To give you an indication of times, the walk  to the top (with a few breaks along the way) in approx. 1 hour 45 mins, and zipped back down to the bus in 45 minutes; another 30 minutes or so for the ascent and descent is probably more realistic if you’re going at a slow pace.

The trail is easy to follow and most guides will simply leave their tour members to walk alone at their own pace. However, if there is a lot of rain then the trail will quickly become a slippy, slidey, muddy bog to traverse.

The bad news is that a lot of people will really struggle, usually as they are unfit. The micro-economy which has cropped up for the local  indigenous community is actually wholly shaped around – and depends – upon this trend for exhausted walkers, as every day dozens in their fanciest vibrant traditional clothing will be waiting at Rainbow Mountain with horses to take people along and up (part) of the trail for a fee.

We’re all for seeing local people participate and benefit directly from tourism, and for the wealth to be spread out into a community, so usually this is something we’d praise to the heavens. However, from experience, we know that the use of animals in or to support large-scale tourism always leads to certain negative practices and outcomes for the animals involved. From what we saw of these animals, they are all in good condition at the moment and that’s likely a reflection of:

  1. The relative newness of this enterprise and
  2. That the locals use and depend on these animals for their own transport and livelihoods in the countryside.

However, as daily crowds grow so will the demands (and weights) placed upon these animals.

And so, we’re in a bind. No horse rides means no money and positive wider impact from the tourism here, but more horse rides also means trouble.

So, if you do need to use a horse as a last resort because you are struggling, please please please make sure that it is a healthy and well-treated one, suitable for carrying your weight. One-way horse rides are offered at the start for S/. 80 (£19 / $24) – in addition to your tour price – and you will have no shortage of offers all along the trail if you look like you’re struggling. Note that you still have to walk that most challenging 10% to the Rainbow viewpoint though.

And if you’re reading this and think that for weight or health reasons that the only way you can physically make it up Rainbow Mountain is with a horse, then we’d strongly encourage you to consider whether it’s safe or wise for you to be doing this tour in the first place.

We repeat, 5,200m of altitude is no joke.

IT’S ALREADY AT PEAK OVERTOURISM

We know from experience how these sites can often underwhelm, so you can spend your time doing several independent hikes and day trips from Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. However, we know a lot of you plan your own South America adventures, so we felt a responsibility to do it so we could let you know the realities of Rainbow Mountain.
The truth is that, in the three short years it’s been a tourist attraction, Rainbow Mountain has fallen victim to the lethal blend of Instagram’s influence and Peru’s existing levels of tourism. From being on literally nobody’s radar to near the very top of everyone’s must-sees in Peru in that brief time scale points to a worrying trend for the sustainability of this and many other tourism attractions around the world. Overtourism isn’t just a future concern, it’s already here at Rainbow Mountain.
Rainbow Mountain is actually quite a small site with a single access trail for all walkers, and it simply will not be able to cope under that strain for too long nor remain an enjoyable experience. Already, the mirador is is far too crowded due to tours arriving at the same time and nearly every single shot (including yours) you’ll see on social media will obscure the fact that there are people in front and behind waiting. These realities won’t come as a surprise to many of you, but it’s something many articles promoting Rainbow Mountain completely neglect to mention.
You have to add in all the other negative impacts of that ridiculous daily footfall (increased litter, lack of sanitation facilities, mistreatment and overworking of the horses, irresponsible walkers going off-trail), and it is crystal clear to us that the Peruvian government simply has to take action soon (as it recently did by blocking mining rights in the area) rather than later to limit the number of daily visitors and ensure that the area is not overwhelmed and, ultimately, desecrated.
We know that a number of locals now depend on this tourism economically (both in the restaurants tours stop at and via the horse rental) so we hope a sustainable balance can be found.
With that in mind, we want to emphasise that we aren’t telling you not to go to Rainbow Mountain, but rather giving you more honest insight than you may find elsewhere so that you can manage your expectations and make your own decisions.

THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES

And if that has left you despondent or questioning whether you want to do this particular day trip from Cusco, as it should for any responsible travellers, then it’s worth noting that there are a few excellent alternatives to Rainbow Mountain which will take you away from the crowds but still allow you to see the same or similar multicoloured ranges. You won’t be able to get that shot, but it might just give you a more enjoyable experience overall.

PALCOYO MOUNTAIN

The main alternative to Rainbow Mountain, a day trip to Palcoyo from Cusco, involves a much more reasonable start time (7.30 a.m.), far fewer crowds, a hike at altitude, and incredible scenery of three rainbow coloured mountains.

AUSANGATE TREK

An five-day, 69 km trek that runs through one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Andes. Starting at 12,000ft and reaching high passes close to 17,000ft. It’s beautiful and remote, retaining that rugged sense off an off-the-beaten track adventure which will bring you through the Ausangate region and very very close to Rainbow (a short visit to it is actually possible) as well as a whole set of wonderful landscapes and glacier lakes.

THE RED VALLEY

Although often part of the same Rainbow Mountain day tours, not all agencies offer the opportunity to walk the extra 2 – 2.5 hours through the less crowded Red Valley. Doing this may make the overall day trip experience more worthwhile and memorable, but we imagine that this specific trail may well become as popular as the original loop.

If you don’t now feel like Rainbow Mountain is something you want to visit whilst based in Cusco, then consider some of the other best day trips from Cusco.

Whether you choose to visit Rainbow Mountain or not, as ever be considerate of the surrounding area and local communities, be respectful of the site, make memories and leave only footprints.

HOW HARD IS THE HIKE UP TO RAINBOW MOUNTAIN?

Many people don’t realize beforehand that Rainbow Mountain is a high altitude hike. The altitude, more so than the incline of the trail, adds to the challenge factor of the hike. The trailhead starts at around 4,300 meters (14,000 feet) and climbs to just over 5,000 meters (16,400 feet). Many people have a hard time and end up paying for a horseback ride offered by one of the locals walking along the trail.

ARE THERE RESTROOMS ALONG THE TRAIL?

Very basic bathroom facilities are available along the trail. These bathrooms are very rustic, but it’s the only option that is available in such a remote area. Make sure to carry a roll of toilet paper with you just in case.

SAFETY ADVICE FOR THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN PERU?

There are a few absolutely necessary things to know before you climb Vinicunca. It is at a very high altitude which can often result in some serious accidents or issues while climbing – all of which can be avoided if you are wary of the points made on this page.

We will first discuss some of our top tips for climbing the mountain and then underline what should be your top priorities when choosing an operator. Following these points will ensure you have the safest and most enjoyable experience of Rainbow Mountain Peru possible.

  • STAY HYDRATED

This is among the most important things for travellers to be conscious of while travelling Rainbow Mountain Peru.

At such a high altitude it is important for your body to be hydrated so make sure you bring plenty of water and only take small sips of instead of large gulps. This allows the body to process hydration without the urgent need for the toilet.

  • BRING COCA LEAVES

Coca leaves are a famous aid used in Cusco to help with altitude.

When chewed, coca leaves are known to clear a throbbing head and make it easier to breath at such a high altitude.

They can also be bought quite cheap in Cusco so we advise picking up a bag to bring on your trek in case altitude sickness worsens while trekking.

  • QUALIFIED GUIDES

The quality of your guide can make the difference between an enjoyable, interesting trek up to Rainbow Mountain Peru and a dragged out, boring, disappointing experience.

There are several unqualified operators in existence, with more and more setting up as Rainbow Mountain Peru grows in popularity. Some of these will have guides with little to no English or possibly even rush travellers to finish the experience faster.

There are also operators with guides untrained in first aid or who don’t bring oxygen tanks – do not travel without these insurances.

  • OXYGEN TANKS

The need for the use of an oxygen tank while trekking Rainbow Mountain Peru is quite common.

Altitude effects different people in different ways. Many times, athletes or people known to have a high level of fitness, have struggled with Rainbow Mountain Peru far more than others in their group, needing the use of their operators’ oxygen tanks.

You won’t know until you get there if you will need an oxygen tank or not therefore it is necessary you travel with an operator who provides one.

  • FIRST AID KITS

This is something you should look out for when trying to pick an authentic and professional tour operator but is mainly just precautionary in more recent times.

As more people travel to Rainbow Mountain Peru the path is becoming more paved and less dangerous. Operators are also taking more precautions to follow a safe route.

However, injuries do still happen from time to time and so, providing a guide trained in first aid with a first aid kit is definitely something you should look for in an operator.

TOP FACTS

  • Rainbow Mountain is at an altitude of more than half of Mount Everest
  • It is also known as Vinicunca, a word originating from Peru’s native tongue Quechua, which translates to “colored mountain”
  • The mountain is made up of 14 different, colorful minerals
  • Just 7 years ago it was entirely covered in snow, making it impossibe to fully witness the beauty of the mountain
  • Temperatures still drop below 0 at night – good to know for anyone visiting Rainbow Mountain on a multi-day Ausangate trek
  • Llamas and alpacas can be seen dotted all along the route to Vinicunca
  • Weather can change rapidly from snow to rain to blistering sun in the space of an hour

The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

MAR 2022 - DEC 2023 Price from
$ 49 USD Per Person $ 60 USD
Note

To book this tour, a minimum of $ 49 USD per person is required, the remaining balance will be paid upon arrival in Peru, at the Cusco office.

Any other additional information, please coordinate with your travel agent.

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What our clients say about us

  • "Everything was perfect, from the office to the super Guide, Juve he was very careful with us ! Thank you! Raccomandatet!"

    Gino Di Tullio
    RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 1 DAY
  • " A agência tem preço competitivo e cumpriu exatamente com tudo que foi combinado. O guia da trilha foi excelente. Muito conhecimento sobre a cultura Inca, muito divertido, ótimo fotógrafo!
    I made the short Inca trail 2D / 1N and Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) with them. The price is competitive and the agency has exactly matched everything that was agreed. The guide of the trail was excellent, he has a lot of knowledge about Inca culture, he is a lot of fun and a great photographer! "

    Cris G
    RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 1 DAY
  • " We had Elmer as our guide and his knowledge about the culture, the ancient traditions and the trail itself is wide and deep at the same time. He was a pleasant and fun company throughout. His team of porters and Chef. Chino were amazingly hospitable in-spite of the strenuous trek. Always smiling and eager to serve. Our camping sites had the perfect view every single evening. We had rented the sleeping bags and trekking poles from them and all were in good condition. Tents were nice and warm as well. The food was something we did not expect at all. "

    Meena
    RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 1 DAY
  • " Great coordination from Miriam starting with orientation meeting and individualized attention via whatsapp. The hike to MP from km 104 was tough but lovely and Javier was a great guide with humor and knowledgeable. After 11km hiking we arrived to the Sun gate around 2pm and went down for the 1st visit to MP. Dinner in Aguas Calientes and early wake up to enter MP at 6am which was still very peaceful. It cannot get much better. great vale for money! "

    David D
    RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 1 DAY
  • " Amazing trek to Machu Picchu, with very knowledgeable guide and amazing Porter team! Beautiful views, great food, and good times!"

    Jeremy C
    RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 1 DAY
  • " We made the 2d/1n trip to Machu Picchu this was very worth. Our Guide Osman was very friendly and kind. During the trek he explained us the landscape, flowers and the history of the ruins very interesting. We can really recomand this trip for the people who don't like to do the long trek. Many thanks to Osman for the wonderful hike! "

    Melanie U
    RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 1 DAY
  • " We feel the genuine and warmth welcome of the city and the people in it, as if they treat us like family (especially our porters and our guide Alex). We are deeply grateful for all the help and patience they've extended to reach out to us. And forever grateful for the life's lessons learned and the experience. This adventure for sure will made an imprint in our hearts and in our life's journey, that we are very much willing to share it with our own family, friends and love ones. "

    Czarina 23
    RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 1 DAY
  • " To be honest, at the very end I would have gone thru the whole experience a million times without changing anything at all. Also, returning to Cusco wasn't hard, train was booked and transfer bus was there to pick us up on time. The overall experience, amazing. "

    Dacil A
    RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 1 DAY

Why travel with Andean Great Treks

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LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
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OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
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YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
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ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
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CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
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SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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