Rainbow Mountain is a spectacular geological canvas is known for its rainbow rock layers — and for the magic energy that makes it truly unique. Encounter living culture history as you pass small Andean villages, explore Rainbow Mountain’s breathtaking landscape, and see snow-capped mountains stretching along the horizon.
Rainbow Mountain is a spectacular ridge “painted” by layers of green, red, yellow, and white rocks and minerals. This stunning geological canvas is known for its rainbow rock layers — and for the magic energy that makes it truly unique.
On this Rainbow Mountain day hike, encounter living cultural history as you pass small Andean villages, explore Rainbow Mountain’s breathtaking landscape, and enjoy the view of snow-capped mountains across the horizon.
Begin your Rainbow Mountain day hike with 4:00 am hotel pick-up and transfer to the trailhead at Chillca (12400 feet/3700 meters). Here, wake up with hot coffee or tea and a hearty breakfast before setting out on the rugged road towards Rainbow Mountain.
After a short walk, you’ll begin your 3-hour ascent into the Andes Mountains. Along the trail, you’ll encounter challenging climbs, gentle inclines, and plenty of llamas and alpacas grazing in nearby grasslands.
Once you arrive at Rainbow Mountain (17,000 feet/5200 meters), you’ll be able to explore the spectacular rock layers up close, and enjoy a breathtaking view of snow-capped Ausangate Mountain and Red Valley.
After you’ve explored, you’ll have the option to hike through Red Valley before returning to the car. On the way back to Cusco, you’ll stop for a well-earned lunch!
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.