Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Day trip

Overview

Discover Peru's natural wonders on a day trip to Rainbow Mountain + Red Valley, and Ausangate Mountain. Only 3 hours from Cusco, followed by a 2-hour hike at 4800 meters, this adventure showcases the stunning result of subsoil minerals and snowmelt—creating the vibrant colors of Rainbow Mountain and unreal Red Valley view. 

Feel free to customize this tour acording your plan trip!

Pitumarca and Cusipata districts, rich in cultural heritage, serve as gateways to these natural wonders. Immerse yourself in the geological marvels of plumb, iron, copper, bronze, and silver deposits that make this region a true spectacle.

Witness the awe-inspiring Rainbow colors, Red Valley and gaze upon the majestic Ausangate Mountain. Book your journey now and experience a day filled with adventure, culture, and the unparalleled beauty of Rainbow Mountain and Red valley landscapes.

Trip Details

Highlights

Rainbow Mountain Highlights

  • Discover the magic of Rainbow Mountain with Kenko Adventures, your go-to tour operator in Cusco, Peru. Our small-group tours to Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley promise an exclusive and personalized adventure.

  • Kickstart your day at 4: 30 am with a hassle-free we included breakfast on the way to drive to Rainbow Mountain, skipping unnecessary stops. Opt for a one-horse ride for a more relaxed trek through the steeper sections.

  • Arriving at the iconic Rainbow Mountain spot by 9 am, beat the crowds and capture the perfect moment. Our early start also allows us to explore the stunning Red Valley, enhancing your experience.

  • Safety is our priority at high altitudes – equipped with oxygen tanks for emergencies. Our professional, English-speaking guides ensure a seamless and memorable journey.

  • With a maximum group size of 6, our tours offer flexibility and an intimate feel. We're proudly listed on TripAdvisor with rave reviews.

  • Choose Kenko Adventures for a unique journey. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley with a tour crafted for comfort, safety, and an authentic connection with Peru's stunning landscapes.

         Book your adventure today!

Briefing

We Will meet you at your hotel or Airbnb a day before your tour departure at 6 pm for your pre information about the tour and you can get recomendations for your hike to Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

Itinerary of Rainbow Mountain RV

Pickup:  Start: 4:30 am from your hotel in Cusco city. (we are flexible for starting time)

Transportation: Touristic transport with an expert mountain guide.

Drive to Cusipata District: Duration: 1.45 hours approx.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in Cusipata district.

Drive to Trailhead: Additional 1-hour drive to reach the trailhead.

Preparation at Trailhead: Time for passengers to use toilets and prepare for the Trek to Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley.

Recommendations: Sunscreen, sufficient water, trekking poles, down jackets, gloves, wool hat, and a positive attitude.

Guide's Advice: Clients receive advice and information from the expert english speaker tour guide.

Terrain: Moderate uphill for a few minutes, mostly flat for 1 hour, then a steep uphill climb.

Riding Horse Optional: Once you starting the trek, you have a option to rent a horse (18 USD per horse).

Scenic Views: Panoramic view of Rainbow Mountain and impressive views of Ausangate Mountain.

Extra Hike: Opportunity for an additional hike to the Red Valley next to Rainbow Mountain.

Information Session at Rainbow Mountain: Guide provides information about Rainbow Mountain.

Return Journey: hike the same path back to the trailhead, board the bus for a 1-hour drive.

Lunch: Enjoy a buffet traditional meal at a designated lunch place.

Return to Cusco: Board the Van back to Cusco city.

Arrival time: Around 4:30 PM

Drop-off: Passengers will be taken to their respective hotels.

Difficulty and Distance:

Difficulty: Challenging.

Hiking Distance: 8 kilometers.

Maximum Altitude: 5100.00 m.a.s.l.

Minimum Altitude: 3300 m.a.s.l.

Time Frame: Start-End Time: 04:30 am ~ 05:00 pm.

Hiking Time: 8:00 am.

Closing:

End of Services: Once passengers are dropped off at their respective hotels.

Additional Tips: Ensure you have the recommended gear.

Stay hydrated during the trek.

Follow the guide's instructions for a safe and enjoyable experience.

This detailed itinerary provides a comprehensive overview of the Rainbow Mountain trek, including the schedule, highlights, and essential information for participants.

Difficulty Day
Challenging
Hiking distance
8 kilometers
Maximun Altitude
5100.00 m.a.s.l.
Minimun Altitude
3300 m.a.s.l.
Start End Time
04:30 am ~ 05:00 pm
HikingTime Day
08:00 am

Inclusions

Equipment : 01 oxygen tanks and first aid kit in emergency cases.
Equipment : 01 pair of Walking Sticks per person
Transport Services : All private transfers during the tours and specified on the itinerary.
Tour Services : Briefing service  ( 2 or 1 day before your tour by your guide. )
Food and Meals : Drinkable water every day.
Transport Services : Pick up from your hotel ( (has to be locate in Cusco center). )
Tour Services : Professional English speaker tour guide.
Equipment : Rain staff
Transport Services : Round trip transportation service.
Food and Meals : Snacks, breakfast and lunch
A1 Service : Superior private service. ( Our Superior quality service offers private tours and small groups with personalized service, we take care details and we create the best unforgettable experiences in our client lives through our wonder Machu Picchu and our beloved region Cusco. Superior private service. )
Other Services : We guarantee your departure, when you book with Us
Food and Meals : Dinner.
Tips : The tips for sevices of guides, porters, etc

Prices Options

Prices for Rainbow Mountain + Red Valley Full day tour - Group Service

Rainbwn Mountain and Red Vally tour is located 4 KM. distance, 3 hour drive and 2 hours hike through amazing landscapes where local peaple still farming a lot of potaoes and shepherd llamas. BOOK NOW¡

Max Group Size : 8
Our price: USD $ 0.00 per 1 person.
Our price: USD $ 125.00 per person for 2 people.
Our price: USD $ 110.00 per person for 3 people.
Our price: USD $ 90.00 per person for 4 people or more. The best price!
Reservation price: USD $ 50 per person

FAQS

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the Cusco Machu Picchu Tour your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t pack anything you will need for your hike.

Do I need my original passport for the Cusco Machu Picchu tour?

Yes, you have to get your original passport and it is very important and it have to be the same passport number that you sent to us at book time, and also train ticket, other entrances and reservations Will have the same document. The rangers will check when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before to board you’re the train.

In case you are changing your Passport or you lost and you get a new one, go ahead and send us your new passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it and when you get to our country no surprises and everything Will be fine.

How do i get the student ISIC card discount?

The ISIC Student can get Discount..

You must have a valid current internationally accepted ISIC card in your name.

They could apply for the ISIC Card at https://www.isic.org/

You must provide a copy of your ISIC card at your booking time.

Send us a copy at info@kenkoadventures.com.

How do I qualify for the student discount?

According to our government Laws you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need ISIC cards). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.

  • Students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $30.
  • Children from age of 2 to 12 they get discount of $40.
  • Children from the age of 0 to 2 they are free.

All students must send a copy of their passport at booking time to get the discount.

We need a copy at info@kenkoadventures.com

How is the climate in Cusco?

The climate in our country is very variant and does not consider the normal 4 seasons. Here, in just one day we can see all of the seasons! And this is why we recommend our visitors to be prepared for any occasion, either for rain or sunny days.

A very important factor which alter our world is global warming, which has evolved into a high risky contributor due to the glaciers melting in Peruvian Andes, and it also affect the normal development of our weather.

Nonetheless, something that is very marked in our country and in some cities here in the Andes is that we only have 2 main seasons during the year:

Dry Season: We consider the dry season from the end of April until the end of September, in this period the first rains will start. For this reason, this is the best time to visit our region and our amazing Machu Picchu and also avoid any inconveniences.

Rainy Season: This season starts on October until the end of April approximately, so during this time it is advised to all of our visitors to pack their belongings into waterproof bags, as in our region it can be sunny the first 2 hours and then have a heavy rain.

We know that there are extreme climates worldwide, but this must not stop us from our longing and desire to explore the world, to discover marvelous cultures and interact with them. Be welcomed to Perú and Machu Picchu.

How to book the tour? First, to book our day tours and Machu Picchu Tours or trekking tour

We need you to fill out our booking form with your personal information by clicking on BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the next information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:

Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):

  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • Full name
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

Important information for your tour

Have a look carefully the next information; it will help you answer any of your questions about our service and tours in Cusco and Machu Picchu.

May I change the departure date after the tickets have been bought?

“No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable unfortunately.

*** If you cancel your Cusco Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!

Second, we require a deposit of US $ 50.00 per person

In order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket.  You can make you deposit by  PAYPAL Online or you can do a deposit in our Bank account at Interbank.

Bank account number: 4203107104602.

The briefing

We use to visit at your hotel 6 pm or if you prefer during the day 9am to 1pm or 3pm to 5pm, please you could send us an email with details to get your briefing time Will be ready any time for our clients.

Welcome to Cusco

You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and we drive you to your hotel, please send us the information about flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek or tour. Look out for our representative holding an KENKO ADVENTURES logo at the arrival terminal. It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!

What about the balance?

It could be greatly appreciated if our clients pay in cash at your briefing time at the hotel (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by PAYPAL online.

Packing List

Packing List for Rainbow Mountain

Rainbow Mountain is not just a regular day trip, you should note that this hike has very cold condition. The temperatures can be as low as 5°C (41°F), so you have to prepare in enough very warm layers with you! We recommend a dwon jackets, fleece, woolen hats, gloves and termals under your pants will also help keep you warm from the cold wind.

Visitor have to be prepare for changing weather conditions. Weather in the Andes can change in one hour because it is very windy at that high altitude, especially during the rainy season months (November-March).
Visitors will be hiking around 3 or 4  hours and we think this list is importan for your Rainbow mountain hike:
These items should be on your hiking checklist:

Hiking backpack a medium size
Hiking shoes
Pocket money in Soles or USD dolars
Rain Jackets or plastic poncho
Small water botlle
Snacks
Sun glases
Sun hat
Sun scream
Weather-appropriate clothing

Highlights

Rainbow Mountain Highlights

  • Discover the magic of Rainbow Mountain with Kenko Adventures, your go-to tour operator in Cusco, Peru. Our small-group tours to Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley promise an exclusive and personalized adventure.

  • Kickstart your day at 4: 30 am with a hassle-free we included breakfast on the way to drive to Rainbow Mountain, skipping unnecessary stops. Opt for a one-horse ride for a more relaxed trek through the steeper sections.

  • Arriving at the iconic Rainbow Mountain spot by 9 am, beat the crowds and capture the perfect moment. Our early start also allows us to explore the stunning Red Valley, enhancing your experience.

  • Safety is our priority at high altitudes – equipped with oxygen tanks for emergencies. Our professional, English-speaking guides ensure a seamless and memorable journey.

  • With a maximum group size of 6, our tours offer flexibility and an intimate feel. We're proudly listed on TripAdvisor with rave reviews.

  • Choose Kenko Adventures for a unique journey. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley with a tour crafted for comfort, safety, and an authentic connection with Peru's stunning landscapes.

         Book your adventure today!

Briefing

We Will meet you at your hotel or Airbnb a day before your tour departure at 6 pm for your pre information about the tour and you can get recomendations for your hike to Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

Itinerary of Rainbow Mountain RV

Day 01: Rainbow and Red Valley day tour from cusco

Pickup:  Start: 4:30 am from your hotel in Cusco city. (we are flexible for starting time)

Transportation: Touristic transport with an expert mountain guide.

Drive to Cusipata District: Duration: 1.45 hours approx.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in Cusipata district.

Drive to Trailhead: Additional 1-hour drive to reach the trailhead.

Preparation at Trailhead: Time for passengers to use toilets and prepare for the Trek to Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley.

Recommendations: Sunscreen, sufficient water, trekking poles, down jackets, gloves, wool hat, and a positive attitude.

Guide's Advice: Clients receive advice and information from the expert english speaker tour guide.

Terrain: Moderate uphill for a few minutes, mostly flat for 1 hour, then a steep uphill climb.

Riding Horse Optional: Once you starting the trek, you have a option to rent a horse (18 USD per horse).

Scenic Views: Panoramic view of Rainbow Mountain and impressive views of Ausangate Mountain.

Extra Hike: Opportunity for an additional hike to the Red Valley next to Rainbow Mountain.

Information Session at Rainbow Mountain: Guide provides information about Rainbow Mountain.

Return Journey: hike the same path back to the trailhead, board the bus for a 1-hour drive.

Lunch: Enjoy a buffet traditional meal at a designated lunch place.

Return to Cusco: Board the Van back to Cusco city.

Arrival time: Around 4:30 PM

Drop-off: Passengers will be taken to their respective hotels.

Difficulty and Distance:

Difficulty: Challenging.

Hiking Distance: 8 kilometers.

Maximum Altitude: 5100.00 m.a.s.l.

Minimum Altitude: 3300 m.a.s.l.

Time Frame: Start-End Time: 04:30 am ~ 05:00 pm.

Hiking Time: 8:00 am.

Closing:

End of Services: Once passengers are dropped off at their respective hotels.

Additional Tips: Ensure you have the recommended gear.

Stay hydrated during the trek.

Follow the guide's instructions for a safe and enjoyable experience.

This detailed itinerary provides a comprehensive overview of the Rainbow Mountain trek, including the schedule, highlights, and essential information for participants.

Difficulty Day
Challenging
Hiking distance
8 kilometers
Maximun Altitude
5100.00 m.a.s.l.
Minimun Altitude
3300 m.a.s.l.
Start End Time
04:30 am ~ 05:00 pm
HikingTime Day
08:00 am

Inclusions

Equipment : 01 oxygen tanks and first aid kit in emergency cases.
Equipment : 01 pair of Walking Sticks per person
Transport Services : All private transfers during the tours and specified on the itinerary.
Tour Services : Briefing service  ( 2 or 1 day before your tour by your guide. )
Food and Meals : Drinkable water every day.
Transport Services : Pick up from your hotel ( (has to be locate in Cusco center). )
Tour Services : Professional English speaker tour guide.
Equipment : Rain staff
Transport Services : Round trip transportation service.
Food and Meals : Snacks, breakfast and lunch
A1 Service : Superior private service. ( Our Superior quality service offers private tours and small groups with personalized service, we take care details and we create the best unforgettable experiences in our client lives through our wonder Machu Picchu and our beloved region Cusco. Superior private service. )
Other Services : We guarantee your departure, when you book with Us
Food and Meals : Dinner.
Tips : The tips for sevices of guides, porters, etc

Price & Options

Prices for Rainbow Mountain + Red Valley Full day tour - Group Service

Rainbwn Mountain and Red Vally tour is located 4 KM. distance, 3 hour drive and 2 hours hike through amazing landscapes where local peaple still farming a lot of potaoes and shepherd llamas. BOOK NOW¡

Rainbwn Mountain and Red Vally tour is located 4 KM. distance, 3 hour drive and 2 hours hike through amazing landscapes where local peaple still farming a lot of potaoes and shepherd llamas. BOOK NOW¡

Max Group Size : 8
Our price: USD$ 0.00 per 1 person.
Our price: USD$ 125.00 per person for 2 people.
Our price: USD$ 110.00 per person for 3 people.
Our price: USD $ 90.00 per person for 4 people or more. The best price!.
Reservation price: USD $ 50 per person

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the Cusco Machu Picchu Tour your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t pack anything you will need for your hike.

Do I need my original passport for the Cusco Machu Picchu tour?

Yes, you have to get your original passport and it is very important and it have to be the same passport number that you sent to us at book time, and also train ticket, other entrances and reservations Will have the same document. The rangers will check when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before to board you’re the train.

In case you are changing your Passport or you lost and you get a new one, go ahead and send us your new passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it and when you get to our country no surprises and everything Will be fine.

How do i get the student ISIC card discount?

The ISIC Student can get Discount..

You must have a valid current internationally accepted ISIC card in your name.

They could apply for the ISIC Card at https://www.isic.org/

You must provide a copy of your ISIC card at your booking time.

Send us a copy at info@kenkoadventures.com.

How do I qualify for the student discount?

According to our government Laws you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need ISIC cards). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.

  • Students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $30.
  • Children from age of 2 to 12 they get discount of $40.
  • Children from the age of 0 to 2 they are free.

All students must send a copy of their passport at booking time to get the discount.

We need a copy at info@kenkoadventures.com

How is the climate in Cusco?

The climate in our country is very variant and does not consider the normal 4 seasons. Here, in just one day we can see all of the seasons! And this is why we recommend our visitors to be prepared for any occasion, either for rain or sunny days.

A very important factor which alter our world is global warming, which has evolved into a high risky contributor due to the glaciers melting in Peruvian Andes, and it also affect the normal development of our weather.

Nonetheless, something that is very marked in our country and in some cities here in the Andes is that we only have 2 main seasons during the year:

Dry Season: We consider the dry season from the end of April until the end of September, in this period the first rains will start. For this reason, this is the best time to visit our region and our amazing Machu Picchu and also avoid any inconveniences.

Rainy Season: This season starts on October until the end of April approximately, so during this time it is advised to all of our visitors to pack their belongings into waterproof bags, as in our region it can be sunny the first 2 hours and then have a heavy rain.

We know that there are extreme climates worldwide, but this must not stop us from our longing and desire to explore the world, to discover marvelous cultures and interact with them. Be welcomed to Perú and Machu Picchu.

How to book the tour? First, to book our day tours and Machu Picchu Tours or trekking tour

We need you to fill out our booking form with your personal information by clicking on BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the next information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:

Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):

  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • Full name
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

Important information for your tour

Have a look carefully the next information; it will help you answer any of your questions about our service and tours in Cusco and Machu Picchu.

May I change the departure date after the tickets have been bought?

“No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable unfortunately.

*** If you cancel your Cusco Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!

Second, we require a deposit of US $ 50.00 per person

In order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket.  You can make you deposit by  PAYPAL Online or you can do a deposit in our Bank account at Interbank.

Bank account number: 4203107104602.

The briefing

We use to visit at your hotel 6 pm or if you prefer during the day 9am to 1pm or 3pm to 5pm, please you could send us an email with details to get your briefing time Will be ready any time for our clients.

Welcome to Cusco

You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and we drive you to your hotel, please send us the information about flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek or tour. Look out for our representative holding an KENKO ADVENTURES logo at the arrival terminal. It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!

What about the balance?

It could be greatly appreciated if our clients pay in cash at your briefing time at the hotel (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by PAYPAL online.

Packing List

Packing List for Rainbow Mountain

Rainbow Mountain is not just a regular day trip, you should note that this hike has very cold condition. The temperatures can be as low as 5°C (41°F), so you have to prepare in enough very warm layers with you! We recommend a dwon jackets, fleece, woolen hats, gloves and termals under your pants will also help keep you warm from the cold wind.

Visitor have to be prepare for changing weather conditions. Weather in the Andes can change in one hour because it is very windy at that high altitude, especially during the rainy season months (November-March).
Visitors will be hiking around 3 or 4  hours and we think this list is importan for your Rainbow mountain hike:
These items should be on your hiking checklist:

Hiking backpack a medium size
Hiking shoes
Pocket money in Soles or USD dolars
Rain Jackets or plastic poncho
Small water botlle
Snacks
Sun glases
Sun hat
Sun scream
Weather-appropriate clothing

Reviews for Rainbow Mountain RV

Sierra 20farr

I recently went on a tour with a few friends to Machu Picchu and Rainbow mountain led by Elvis. He was the perfect mixture of a professional guide and personal guy. He knew everything about the trip from the beginning of the trail head to the history of… ...

Salma

Review of: Raimbow Mountain - Full Day Tour
Rainbow mountain was so beyond beautiful! We added this tour last minute and did it on our first official day in Cusco! (Not the smartest idea since elevation is super high especially coming from sea level! Even higher than Cusco!)

We met up with Elvis (one of the guides… ...

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He showed us all the best places to take pictures.
He told us everything you need know about having a blast in Cusco, from sunrise at Rainbow Mountain to sunrise at the club.
He knows all the best stories about Peruvian culture and history.
You gotta eat cuy (guinea pig) though. If you want.

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Free warm jacket for my litle friend!

Kenko Adventure Peru founder decided to add a social proyect in all Our tours that means, if you are booking a tour with Us, you automatically are donating a warm jacket for Our litle kids that have very hard living in very cold conditions near by the Andes Mountain

f you are booking a tour with Us, you automatically are donating a warm jacket

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