Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain


¿Por qué amarás el Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain?


The Palccoyo Mountain is known as the sister of the famous Seven Colors Mountain.

Like Vinicunca, this mountain has a rainbow-like color. An extraordinary geological process aligned the different strata of the earth in multicolored layers creating a unique effect. On this tour, you will be able to appreciate this geological wonder, as well as other destinations that will make this trip an unforgettable experience.

This mountain range is formed by three mountains of green, ocher, blue, white and yellow colors that rest in complete solitude. If you are looking for a less crowded tour in Cusco, visiting Palccoyo is a good alternative, since this place is little visited, although it has gained a lot of interest in recent years.

In addition, another advantage of visiting this majestic mountain is that the hike is very gentle. To get to Palccoyo only requires an hour’s hike with no inclines. For this reason, this tour is presented as a less demanding and friendly option for those who are not used to long walks.

When you take the tour to the Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain, you will observe a diversity of colors that change as you advance in the journey; because it is composed of layers of grain rock that acquire this pigmentation by the presence of various minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium and others accumulated over millions of years. The best season to visit this destination is between April and October, when the rains have stopped and the weather is mostly sunny so you can see the mountain very clearly. This is one of the Tours in Cusco that you cannot miss.

Beginning of the tour:

We will leave at 05:00 hrs. from our meeting point at the Plaza de Armas where we will be picked up by the agency’s mobility to head to the destination.

We will start the tour for two and a half hours to Cusipata, where we will have a delicious breakfast before continuing with the tour.

After that, we will head to Checacupe to appreciate the interesting evolutionary process of the road system over time through three colonial bridges: the Inca Bridge, the Colonial Bridge and the Republican Bridge.

Once the visit to this archaeological center is over, we will continue our tour for another hour and a half until we reach the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Range, located at 4,900 meters above sea level. Upon reaching this point, we will begin the hike for another 40 minutes. In this stretch, we will be able to appreciate the valleys, the eroded glaciers and the brightly colored Permian formations. We will also observe the communities and farmers that live in the higher areas, as well as a large number of animals such as alpacas, llamas and sheeps.

Another important point that we will be able to observe will be the Forest of Stones (Ccacca Loma and the Red Mountain). Also, the circuit of the Four Lagoons, where we will appreciate different lakes such as Acopia, Pomacanchis, Posposqo Cocha and Misky Cocha. In addition, the variety of birds and the impressive scenery will leave more than one astonished.

After this enriching tour and getting to know the Palccoyo Mountain, we will stop in the town of Cusipata to enjoy a buffet lunch. After our sharing, we will start our way back to Cusco.

The tour will end at approximately 17:00 hrs. in the Plaza Regocijo, in the center of Cusco.

¿Qué incluye?

  • Transportation Cusco – Cuatro Lagunas – Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain – Cusco.
  • 1 breakfast – 1 lunch and hot drinks.
  • Accredited professional guide (paramedic).
  • Entrance fee to the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Range.
  • First aid kit, oxygen and pills for altitude sickness.

¿Qué no incluye?

  • Meals except as mentioned.
  • Air flights.
  • Horses are not included (you can rent them directly).
  • Extra expenses (such as tips).



Before booking

  • To reserve this excursion a minimum of 48 hours in advance is required.
  • Shared service: if the minimum group size is not reached, the reservation is subject to change of date or cancellation.
  • A minimum of 2 participants is required for the private service.
  • The tour is conducted in two languages: English and Spanish.

Before traveling

  • Bring a light backpack with a change of clothes for the entire tour. You should be prepared for the different temperature changes of the place.
  • Bring rain gear (jacket and pants) or a rain coat. Plastic raincoats can be purchased in Cusco for approximately $1.
  • Comfortable trekking shoes are a must.
  • Extra socks are a must.
  • Camera and batteries (batteries are consumed more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sun block.
  • After-sun cream or moisturizer for face and body.
  • Toilet paper, inside and outside the luggage.
  • Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolates, fruit, granola, etc.
  • Non-disposable water bottle (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medication you may need such as Sorochi Pills, blister protection creams, among others.
  • Bring extra money in local currency preferably of low denomination and coins.

Preguntas frecuentes

So far 3 colorful mountains have been found that can be visited in day tours, the first and most famous, the Vinicunca mountain; the second is Palccoyo, which we commented in this post, and the last is Pallay Poncho, a recent attraction but of comparable beauty to the previous ones. Would you dare to visit all of them? Keep checking our website, we have departures every day.
Being the least steep and difficult hike, it is suitable for the whole family, since with only 30 minutes on route you will be able to see the three mountains that make up the mountain range.
The degree of difficulty is low and it is possible to arrive in 45 minutes at the latest to observe the Rainbow Mountain Range.
For cancellations made 30 days or less, prior to the travel date, 100% of the tour cost will be forfeited. For cancellations made 31 days or more prior to the travel date, cancellation fees may vary depending on departure and tour. Please consult with our travel agent for specific information.

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