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Hiking to the Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca



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This will be the hike of your life, the most beautiful views of the Vilcanota range of mountains, where you will pass very close by the highest snow mountain of Cusco “Ausangate” and its 6350 mts. Undiscriptable lakes and the stunning Rainbow Mountain (VINICUNCA), where you will be one of the first one right there (tourist free), get ready.

This tour starts and ends in Cusco City, that is why we recommend to be 2 days before to acclimatized very well.



There are more than 30 flights per day and 6 companies who offer different rates, please check the restrinction of some o them, some companies have differents rates for Peruvians and extraniers:

  • Via Colombia – Cusco / La Paz – Cusco / Lima – Cusco / Arequipa – Cusco / Puerto Maldonado – Cusco.
  • Companies: Latam, Avianca, Star peru, lc peru, peruvian Airlines, viva Airlines, Amaszonas.


There are really good bus companies with diferent kind of seat from basic to cama 180° reclined seats and many buses companies, all the route in Peru is 100% paved.

  • Via Lima (Paracas, Ica o Nazca) – Cusco / Arequipa – Cusco / Tacna – Cusco / Puerto Maldonado Cusco / La paz (Bolivia) – Cusco / Puno – Cusco.
  • Compañias: Cruz del Sur, Excluciva, Oltursa, Movil tour, Ormeño, Transalvador, Tranzela.
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Day 1: Cusco – Tinki – Upis – Hatun Pucacocha lagoon.
Day 2: Hatun Pucacocha lagoon – Chillca Apacheta pass – Ananta Pata.
Day 3: Ananta Pata – Warmisaya pass – Rainbow Mountain – Kayrawiri – Cusco.

Day 1:

We pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am. and we’ll travel around 2 and ½ hours to Tinki, this is a small village where you will have a short free time to buy something you forget, then we keep going other 30 more minutes to Upis, where we start the hike, the view of the great Ausangate mountain welcome, first will be 2 hours uphill to arrive to the first pass ARAPA (4640 m.s.n.m.) where you will be very close to the sacred mountain of Ausangate, then we will start to going down, where we can see nice lagoons and sometimes wild Vicuñas in the trail, after 3 more hour of hiking you will arrive in Hatun Pucacocha where we will rest the fist night.

Day 2:

After a healthy breakfast we will keep walking, the challenge will be to arrive to the second pass 4990 mts. (Chillca Apacheta), the views from this trail will offer an unpredictable scenary with the huge ausangate and the lakes on the bottom, every minutes more high and less oxigen, after two hours of hike uphill we will arrive to the pass, where we will make a ceremony to the great spirits of the mountains, then we will start to going down to arrive in the second camping site Ananta Pata.

Day 3:

Very early in the morning we will continue our trek, first 1 and ½ hours to arrive to the third pass (Warmisaya) where you will already see our last destination “RAINBOW MOUNTAIN”, we will walk other 1 and ½ hours to arrive that place, we will arrive early before that all the groups arrive, so you will have the best option to take your pictures, then we will start to go down to Kayrawiri where our transportation will be waiting for us to bring us back to cusco again (5pm.).


  • Briefing a day before the tour.
  • Transportation Cusco – Upis.
  • Tent to sleep (capacity for 4 people but get only 2 in each one).
  • Dinning Tents (with table and chairs).
  • Insulated Mattress (inflable with pillow).
  • Proffesional tour guide with big experience in adventure tours.
  • Cooker.
  • Horses and horseman (they carry camping equipment, food supplies and 6 kilos per person).
  • 03 breakfast, 02 lunchs y 02 dinners (prepared food – hot food with vegetarian and vegan options with no extra cost).
  • Entrance fee to Ausangate park and Rainbow mountain.
  • Transportation Kayrawiri – Cusco.

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (renting US$ 8 per day -10°C down).
  • Tips (Optional – our staff is very wel remunerated, there is not an expected amount, every thing is very well received).
  • Snacks.

What you need to take:

  • The tickets that are given in the briefing.
  • Original Passport (This is requested to take the trains, the busses and to get into Machupicchu).
  • Small rucksack (backpack) smaller than 30 liters.
  • Repellent for Mosquitos.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Water, Snacks.
  • Rain Poncho (The climate is quite changeable it is better to be forewarned).
  • Comfortable clothes (somewhat warm) when you leave early and return late is a bit cold, it’s better to feel comfortable with your temperature.


    • We make a direct job for the passenger (Contract between the tour operator and travelers), no intermediaries, we don’t give commissions to travel agencies or any others third parties that inflate the costs.
    • All our staff are 100% local (people from Cusco), all professionals in tourism, who have constant training courses and good customer service (Customer = friend), with this we guarantee the service we provide.
    • We are really a Tour Operator with all the permits and certificates granted by the Provincial Municipality of Cusco and the Minister of Tourism (DIRCETUR y MINCETUR).
    • We have 11 years’ experience in this market, so, we know all the fails of other companies, this is why we have the knowledge to solve fast and efficiently any unexpected problems (those small details are our different).
    • Our Customers are our best guarantee, see what people say about INKA TIME.


  • star rating  We made two excursion with InkaTime: Raimbow Mountain and Sacred Valley. Both of them where super.
    At the Raimbow Mountiain we had Grimaldo as a Guide. He was super,... read more

    avatar thumb giorgiab552
    November 14, 2022

    star rating  We booked for the Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Group tour, but it ended being a private tour since my husband and I were the only ones that booked the... read more

    avatar thumb MaryElleinneV
    October 31, 2022

    star rating  *** This was actually a group tour -- We booked a group tour but was not a selection in the trip advisor review***

    This was a great day trip.... read more

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    October 30, 2022
  • star rating  We have done three different activities with Inka Times and we highly recomend booking with them!! Grimaldo walked us through the Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley and he showed lots... read more

    October 15, 2022

    star rating  We hike a lot, so I had not planned to hire a guide for our day at Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley. Once we got to Cusco and... read more

    Tina J
    October 8, 2022

    star rating  We booked a two day tour to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu through Inka Time and had a fantastic experience. They were so well organised, easy to communicate with,... read more

    October 8, 2022
  • star rating  We did the Rainbow mountain tour together with the Red Valley. I would definitely recommend to do the red valley also. Hike is not too hard but really worth it!... read more

    September 29, 2022

    star rating  Great tour - can totally recommend doing this tour with them! Service, itinerary, guide and food was excellent.

    September 9, 2022

    star rating  Inka Time Tours helped me have an absolutely amazing trip in Cusco! As a solo female traveler I felt safe and accommodated. Every tour guide was bilingual so it was... read more

    Ashley P
    September 9, 2022


  • We give you the clearest information in this media and we offer you several ways to contact (E-mail, Whatsapp, Facebook, and web messenger) where we can answer your inquiries at any time (honest tour without surprises and NO HIDDEN PRICES TO PAY)
  • We book your train tickets, entrance ticket for the places in the tour Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, and extra entrance for hiking any of the two mountains (Huayna Picchu or Cerro Machupicchu) if you require it, you don’t need to waste time making huge lines or queue or searching where you can get these tickets.
  • One day before your tour Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, you will have a briefing in our office or in your hotel. where we will give all the tickets you will need in the tour, maps and more information about this your trip.
  • We will make you understand every place you will visit and why you arrive in Machu Picchu; our tour guide will give you two hours guided tour, the most accurate and updated information about this marvelous place to become your trip in a spectacular experience.
  • We provide you a safe trip; all our services are organized with well-conditioned vehicles, all of them with all the permissions required to work in tourism, also all our staff are very well trained to give you the best experience on your trip.
  • We give you facilities to pay, you can make the payment in two parts, ONE when you book the tour and the balance once you arrive in Cusco, we accept safe payment methods as PAYPAL or Credit or Debit card VISA and MASTER CARD, also you can wire money via Western Union, Money Gram.


1.- I am just one person, can I join some group tour?

Yes, you can, we have departure every day, feel free to decide when to go.

2.- We don’t like to go in a big group, can we arrange a private tour?

Yes you can, our group tours go with 15 or 19 people, but if you want, you can also arrange a private tour, we have different rates for it depending on how many people you are.

3.- I will travel with my family, we have two 65 YO people, do you think, can they make it?

We had people on this tour from 70 and 75 YO, the tour is not hard, but you have some small hikes into the Inca Sites where there are many steps to go up and down if you think they are not to fit to do it, we recommend to take a Private tour, that will be a perfect plan to do the tour quite easily and smoothly.

4.- We want to take the tour included Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, do we have enough time to do it in the same day tour of Machu Picchu?

Yes, On this tour you will sleep in Aguas Calientes (Town of Machu Picchu) so you can take some of the first busses, the park opens at 6:00 am. suppose that you will get in at 7:00 am. First, you can climb the Mountain (2 or 3 and 1/2 hours hike) until 10:30 am. Then, you can go out to use the toilet or eat something and rest, then you can start the guided tour around the citadel (Around 2 hours) until 14:00 hrs. Then you will have free time to continue exploring on your own, the park is open until 5 pm. You will have like 10 hours to be there, the train departure to return is at 19:00 hrs.

5.- How about my luggage, can I take all my staff?, or where can I store it?

As this tour is only for 2 days we recommend to take only small backpacks because there are restrictions to take on the train, and also all the streets in Aguas Calientes have only pedestrian access. The rest of your stuff you can be stored at your accommodation in Cusco, All the Hotels have storage if you book the night for your way back, you can leave your stuff there, another option is that you can leave your stuff in our office, in the two options you don’t need to pay anything extra.

6.- How about the altitude, Are going to pass by other places higher than Cusco?

Cusco city is located in 3350 masl. (10990 Ft.) the only place higher than Cusco is Chinchero area 3750 masl. then you will descend to Aguas Calientes 2050 masl. Machu Picchu is located in 2450 masl (8038 Ft.); we always recommend to have at least one day in Cusco to acclimatize; altitude sickness is very different for everyone, sometimes you don’t have any problem.

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