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Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain


The Rainbow Mountain Palccoyo tour allows you to witness the magnificent and uniquely-colored Palccoyo Rainbow Mountains and wildlife in the Palccoyo region.

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Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain

The Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour begins with a 3 hour commute from Cusco to the community of Palccoyo. Here we can appreciate a completely reddish mountain landscape, with varied crops and alpacas in the distance. We will visit a family in this community where a pre-Inca museum is preserved. Here we can see potato growing utensils, alpacas wool extraction tools, and kitchen utensils of that time.

We continue our journey, then we will know the fauna of the region as alpacas and llamas. In the opportunity that the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour provides, we stop to take stunning photos with these incredible animals of the region. Upon arrival we stop right at the base of the mountain of colors, where we can appreciate a view of the reddish valley and prepare for the ascent to the mountain.

We begin our ascent on an established path and climb for 1 hour and 20 minutes up to 200 meters higher, to the so-called “Stone Forest”. Before reaching the stone forest we will see the first and second mountain of colors in front of us. During our walk there we will see from a higher perspective the red valley, the full extent of the mountains of colors and this incredible landscape. The Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour is quite simple a once in a life time experience.

Our bright and early pick-up begins at your hotel (any hotel) in Cusco approximately 5:00/5.20am AM.
The bus takes the south route of Cusco for 3 hours passing through many colorful colonial towns before reaching Pitumarca district where it’s time to have breakfast and get your energy for the hike ahead.

Back in our bus we travel for 1 hour and haft more hours along the Salcca Valley. Little by little passing through these hidden landscapes of traditional living within the Rainbow Mountain region., red valleys, amazing rock formations, terraces in the mountains herds of alpacas and llamas compliment our sacred journey.

From the head of the trail (4850m/15912ft), we ascend for 45 minutes to 1 hour (1km) to our view point (5, 000m / 16,404ft.). Here are the most unique views of AUSANGATE (highest snow capped mountain of Cusco 6375m/20915ft) and the three Rainbow mountain laying across one another parading their unique color formations exposing their internal history for us to see. How fortunate we are to be out of the crowds in our own space to obsorb this treasured and personal experience. Take time to explore the area and relax.

After the amazing painted landscapes we descend back to our bus returning to the resturant in Pitumarca District for lunch and heading back to Cusco to be dropped off in Regocijos Square.

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Private bus to palccoyo(around trip)
  • Professional Tour Guide(English and Spanish speaking)
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch(buffet)
  • First-aid kit
  • Oxygen tank
  • Package
  • Alcoholic drinks and others not mentioned on the list
  • Dinner
  • Rain poncho (can be bought anywhere in the city or along the trail)
  • Entrance fee
  • Daypack, warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, rainjacket, gloves)
  • Walking boots.
  • Walking sticks
  • Rain poncho
  • Sun hat + sunglasses.
  • Toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
  • Sun cream
  • Camera & Extra Film & Batteries
  • Personal medical kit