1 Day Moto Trip To Rainbow Mountain


The most visited place in South America exceeding over 2 million tourists per year. Cusco has many places to visit and the best way to do that is on motorcycle. Rainbow mountain is very easy to get to from Cusco. Each way takes about 3-4 hours and its very enjoyable. Road is 70% paved asphalt. The scenery is also very nice if you go the way we tell you to. 

Rainbow Mountains
Duration: 1 Day Tour
Tour Frequency: Daily
Difficulty: Easy

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Day 1 - Cusco to Rainbow Mountain

Pick up your motorcycle
  • 7:00AM Meeting with us Cusco – Activities team in our office
  • We will explain you the trip in detail
  • Get your motorbike Sym NHT200 ready, sign the paperwork and you are ready to go
Visiting Rainbow Mountain
  • The difficulty level is from moderate to difficult due to weather and terrain conditions. Rainbow mountain is at altitude of 5200 meters above the sea level which can cause altitude sickness. Trekking to the Rainbow Mountain, will appreciate the typical landscape and flora and fauna of the Andes, among which Llamas and Alpacas stand out. 

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Rainbow Mountain by Bus
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Road Map Info

  • Distance 139 km 
  • Time 3-4 hours
  • 70% apshalt road


Note: Trip is very enjoyable. From Cusco to Checacupe is only asphalt road with quick sections and twisty corners. 

Checacupe to Vinicunca is more gravel road. During sunny days, you can stop by the river and sink yourself into the ice cold water. 

On the way to Vinicunca you will be climbing up driving past canyon. 

Enjoy your trip, we try to do the best for your Cusco experience

Rainbow Mountain On Motorcycle Video

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  • 1 Day Motorcycle rental (Sym NHT200)
  • 2 Helmets and gloves
  • Rear Storage box 
  • First aid kit
  • Tyre repair kit
  • Soat Insurance
  • Phone holder
  • Fuel Full 2 Full

Does not include

  • Entrance fee to Rainbow  mountain (25 soles, you purchase on the way to Rainbow mountain)
  • Fuel has to be topped up upon return of motorcycle
Luggage storage Cusco

What to bring

  • Original Passport
  • Day Pack                      
  • Full rain gear or poncho
  • Sunglasses             
  • Sunscreen
  • Cold-weather jacket
  • Long-sleeve fleece/sweater Wool hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Refillable water bottle (hydration bags are recommended) 
  • $300 credit card guarantee for motorcycle
  • Each motorcycle rental has to be covered by deposit holding fee. 
  • Any equipment including equipment added to the motorcycle rental is covered by the deposit and shall be deducted should you cause any loss or damages
  • We reserve the right to scan a copy of your passport and credit card in case damages are exceeding the cost of recovery
  • You will be presented with a contract that includes price of spare parts that might need to be replaced should you cause any damage
  • We will provide you with a predeparture checklist to make sure condition of motorcycle and equipment will be the same as upon return of equipment
  • Our motorcycles are guarded by bars preventing damages in case of falls 
  • We rent our motorcycles with full tank only using 95 RON petrol. 
  • Motorcycle has to be returned with full tank of 95 RON. Additional charges will apply should you return motorcycle with less than full tank

1 Day Tour Rainbow Mountain Pricing

Rainbow Mountain by Bus

$ 45
  • Budget friendly and all year round

Rainbow Mountain by Motorcycle

$ 45
  • Prices includes 1 Day rental of motorcycle for 2 people, 2 helmets and gloves

Moto-Gallery Rainbow Mountain

Facts of Rainbow Mountain

The most visited place in South America exceeding over 2 million tourists per year. In the year 2007 in Lisbon, Machu Picchu has been stated as The New Seven Wonders of the modern World. Machu Picchu known as Lost City of Incas is a place of Wonder and Energy.

What facts do we know about Machu Picchu?  

  • 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 4 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

  • You can rent a horse at any point on the way if you begin to find the trek difficult – you do not need to have one hired from the beginning

Geological Formation of a Mountain 

The formation of a mountain is due to the alterations of the terrestrial layer and the movement of the tectonic plates, in these alterations the environment, the climate and other external ones have much to do. Have you ever wondered why the mountains are conical? The conical shape of the mountains is because ice is usually formed at the top of the mountain. 

Then climate change causes it to thaw and this causes the mountains to run off and they generate water rivulets that run down to the lower area until they run into rivers or lagoons until they get mixed with the ocean depending on the weather factors and cause of this process the mountain is wearing out and taking its cone shape. 

There is no doubt that the mountains are a masterpiece part of nature, from the top of a mountain we can appreciate all that surrounds us and be able to enjoy it.  

After informing us about the causes of formation of a mountain it is time to find out about its Rainbow Mountain Peru geology and why its particular coloration. 

Rainbow Mountain Peru Geology 

To talk about the Rainbow Mountain Peru geology before we will have to go back at least some 24 million years ago, at that time there were movements of the tectonic plates by the alterations of the terrestrial layers, then during the movement there were different ravines between layers of mineralogical or soil types with a tremendous wealth of mineral rock sediments such as sandstones, halites, gravel, limestones that range from ocher, green, mustard yellow, white among others. These minerals were compiled one among others one on top of the other until they were in the form of layers of different colors and mineralogical type. The formation of these layers was depending on the weight of each layer, in the base the heavier layer was left and so on the layers were placed according to their weight.

Coloring of the Rainbow Mountain Cusco 

This information is according to the research of the Landscape Office of the Decentralization of Culture Directorate of Cusco.  

The information was revealed in this way the colors of the mountains are due to the mineralogical composition that has: the pink color is for red clay, fangolitas (mud) and arilitas (sand). The whitish, for the quartzose sandstone and marls, rich in calcium carbonate. 

The red is composed of the clay (iron) and clays belonging to the upper tertiary. Green is composed of phyllites and clays rich in magnesium ferro. The earthy brown is a product of fanglomerate composed of rock with magnesium belonging to the Quaternary era. And the mustard yellow color for the calcareous sandstones rich in sulphurous minerals.

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