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Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour – Rainbow Mountain from Cusco

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Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour Details
Rainbow Mountain from Cusco

Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Peru tour unveils the hidden gems of Peru. It offers an unrivaled experience. This tour takes you through some of the country’s most striking mountain ranges. 

Your journey to the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain starts from Cusco. This trip is a whirlwind of scenic beauty and cultural history. These aspects make it a popular tourist attraction.

This day trip departs in the early morning, and it takes about 3.5 hours to reach the mountain base from Cusco. As you journey, you’ll notice the magnificent Ausangate Mountain standing tall in the backdrop. You’ll also discover that Palccoyo is less crowded than the well-known Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, offering a tranquil experience.

Once you reach the base, a 45-minute hike leads you to the top of the mountain. The peak of the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain stands at a lofty altitude. This altitude is around 4,900 meters (approximately 16,000 feet) above sea level.

Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour

From here, it provides a stunning 360-degree panorama of the Andean mountain ranges. The view is simply breathtaking.

This tour is not all about the mountains, though. It includes a visit to the fascinating rock forest of Palccoyo, another natural marvel not to be missed. The tour is guided, which ensures that you don’t miss any of the important details about this fascinating landscape.

Bear in mind that due to the high altitude, some people may experience altitude sickness. We strongly suggest taking necessary precautions to ensure a safe trip. It’s also important to get used to the altitude in Cusco before starting the trip.

The Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Peru tour can be enjoyed most during the dry season. During this time, the weather is favorable. Also, the views are not obstructed by clouds or rain. This memorable day trip often serves as an excellent companion to visits to other iconic Peruvian sites like Machu Picchu.

Choosing the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain tour ensures that your journey is enriched with remarkable natural beauty. It provides a hint of adventure. It also offers an exploration of a unique tourist attraction in the heart of Peru.

Why visit Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain with us?

At Cusco Travel Agency, we offer an incredible chance to visit Rainbow Mountain. Our guided tours take you to this amazing location. As a local tour operator, we specialize in organizing trips to Palccoyo, a unique and less crowded Rainbow Mountain.

Our expert tour guides handle your trip. They make the journey engaging and educational. The alluring vibrant colors of Palccoyo and unique geological formations will become your playground.

One highlight of our tour is the short hike to the peak. You reach the top in just 45 minutes. This makes the tour suitable for a wide range of fitness levels.

Choose us as your preferred tour company for your visit to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain from Cusco. We provide a safe and well-structured experience. With us, you get to see one of Peru’s breathtaking natural wonders in the best way possible.

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Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

04:00-4:30 AM

Price Includes

  • Pick Up from your hotel
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Tour Guide in Spanish and English
  • First aid kit and oxygen cans
  • Tourist Transportation
  • Walking Stick
  • Entrances Fees

Price Excludes

  • Tips and Snack
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Trekking shoes and Waterproof jacket
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour Itinerary

Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour - Rainbow Mountain from Cusco

Your day begins early with us at Cusco Travel Agency. At 5:00 AM, our private transportation picks you up from your Cusco hotel. We will embark on a three-hour journey to the trailhead. 

You will enjoy the scenic drive. You will also have opportunities to witness the stunning Andean landscapes and rural communities.

Around 8:00 AM, we will arrive at the trailhead for the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain. Here, our guide will brief you on the trek to Palccoyo. You will learn about safety measures, the route, and what to expect. 

Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour:

After the briefing, we start the 45-minute hike. This hike takes you up to the top of the first of the three colored mountains.

By 9:00 AM, you will reach the summit. It stands tall at an altitude of approximately 4,900 meters (16,000 feet). Here, you will experience the breathtaking panoramic views of the region. It includes the Ausangate Mountain, the tallest in the Cusco region.

Then, we will descend and continue our hike towards the stone forest. They are a unique geological formation in the area. By 10:30 AM, we will reach this rock forest, and you will have some time to explore and take photos.

After enjoying the rock forest, we will head to the next viewpoint. From here, you get a clear sight of the three Rainbow Mountains. This amazing view is perfect for capturing memorable photos.

Around 12:00 PM, we will start the hike back to the trailhead. Once we reach there, we will have a delicious packed lunch. We’ll relax and share stories of our day’s adventure.

Finally, at around 2:00 PM, we will start the drive back to Cusco. You will return to your hotel by 5:00 PM. We will leave you filled with colorful memories of your day visit to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain with Cusco Travel Agency.

This tour, offering a glimpse into the natural beauty of Peru, is an absolute must. So, pack your bags and join us on this incredible adventure. Let’s explore the vibrant hues of the Rainbow Mountain together!

Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain FAQs

How high is Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain in Cusco?

Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain in Cusco, Peru, stands at an altitude of approximately 4,900 meters. That’s around 16,000 feet above sea level.

When is the best time to visit Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain?

The best time to visit Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain is during the dry season in Peru. It typically runs from April to September. During this time, the weather is generally clearer and more predictable. This  makes the hike safer and the views of the Rainbow Mountain more visible and vibrant.

However, it’s important to note that weather in the Andes can be uncertain. The conditions can change quickly even in the dry season. We do recommend you to be prepared for a change in weather conditions.

What are the Rainbow Mountains in Peru?

The Rainbow Mountains in Peru are geological formations. They are characterized by their various vibrant colors. This striking coloration has a cause. It is due to the weathering of layered stones. 

The process also involves mineral deposits. This transformation has taken place over millions of years. 

There are two main Rainbow Mountains that attract visitors in Peru: Vinicunca and Palccoyo.
  1. Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain: This is locally known as Montaña de Siete Colores (Mountain of Seven Colors).  This mountain is the most famous of the Rainbow Mountains. It stands at an altitude of approximately 5,200 meters (about 17,060 feet). The hike to Vinicunca is challenging due to the altitude and usually takes about 2-3 hours.
  2. Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain: Palccoyo is a less crowded alternative to Vinicunca. It offers a more leisurely hike with three rainbow mountains instead of one. The trek to the viewpoint is less strenuous, making it a good choice for those who may struggle with high altitudes. Palccoyo stands at an altitude of around 4,900 meters (approximately 16,000 feet).

Both of these mountains offer breathtaking views. They also provide a unique experience in the Peruvian Andes. The ideal time to visit is during the dry season (April to September), when the weather is more predictable.

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Couple Traveller

I had an amazing time visiting the alternative Rainbow Mountain of Palccoyo. Many people soke about the red valley and Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, but it was a unique experience visiting Palccoyo. Thanks David.

September 14, 2021


Solo Traveller

Cusco Travel Agency is the best. I visited the prime tourist attractions including Rainbow Mountain and Machu Picchu and I can totally reccomend them

September 5, 2021