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Palcoyo Mountain – Full day

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Did you know that there is another natural landscape with the same colorful appeal, which is easier to reach?

We speak of the “Rainbow Mountain Range of Palccoyo”, a destination that has gained fame due to the coloration in the sediments of this part of the Andes, as well as the Vinicunca, but with better accessibility, which allows you to enjoy spectacular views.

While the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain boils with thousands of tourists every day, just 20 kilometers south is not one, but three mountains of colors resting in complete solitude, of ocher and red colors, with green, blue and white stripes, the Dazzling Palccoyo Mountain Range is visited by a few travelers a day.

The place, still little known and far from many tourists, is located in the Palccoyo community of the Czechcupe district, at 4,900 meters above sea level. To get there they take about three to four hours of travel to the southeast and from the city of Cusco.

Reaching it only requires a smooth walk of 1 hour and without unevenness, transforming it into a less demanding alternative than the long trekking towards Vinicunca.

  • When there is rain in Cusco it often means snow in the mountains. Obviously this is not what most travelers seek to experience since the walk can be more difficult, it is colder and even dangerous.

That is why there are several days in the rainy season in which it is not possible to visit the rainbow  mountains.


Difficulty: Easy – Moderate


LOCATION: It is located in the Center-South of the country, in the Andean.

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06:30 - 7:00 a.m.

The adventure begins with the pick-up of your hotel between 06:30 to 7:00 a.m. then go on our tourist transport to Checacupe (2 hrs trip).

The first stop

A suspension bridge manufactured by the Quechuas to favor the connection of the Inca empire, you can take some photos and if you like the group can walk on the suspension bridge, we continue our trip to the Villa de Combapata (3,630 meters above sea level), from this point we will travel by a unpaved road to reach the Mountain of Colors of Palccoyo, on the way we will pass through the towns of Kiara and the community of Palccoyo.

The second stop
Arrive at a point allowed for buses from where you can already appreciate the color of the mountains overlooking the snowy Ausangate. From this point we will begin a light walk to explore Palccoyo Mountain and from the Palccoyo viewpoint you can see the 3 mountains of colors in all their magnitude and lonely vastness. In the same place there is a curious stone forest, which, as the name suggests, is rock peaks from the height of trees that look like a true geological labyrinth. After appreciating and enjoying the beautiful landscape and the majesty of the mountain range we will have a rich and exquisite varied lunch.

<b5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Finally, we return to the city of Cusco, arriving between 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.


  • Pick up from the Hotel in Cusco
  • Tourist transport during the tour
  • Professional guide
  • 1 lunch
  • Entrance to Palccoyo Mountain
  • First aid kit


  • Breakfast
  • Mineral water
  • Snack
  • Chair horse
  • Rain poncho
  • Life insurance
  • Sticks
  • Blankets


  • PASSPORT - very important!
  • Students: ISIC card!
  • Trek shoes
  • Mineral Water
  • Small backpack 20L or 30L.
  • Rain poncho.
  • Dry Fit shirts.
  • 1 trekking pants.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Coca leaves.
  • Cap, hat and gloves.
  • Sunscreen, toilet paper.
  • Sunglasses, water bottle.
  • Personal medications (headache, anti-inflammatory medications).

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