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Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour 1 Day

Palcoyo, Rainbow mountain
Duration 1 day
Travel Style Trekking , Adventure
Difficulty challenging
Group size Min 2 - Max 8

Conquer the the alternative Rainbow Mountain with 69 Explorer. Let us guide you through the mesmerizing landscapes of the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain. This vibrant destination serves as an alluring alternative to the famed Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

It offers a unique blend of natural wonder and cultural richness. This makes it a must-visit on your Cusco itinerary.

From Cusco we’ll set out towards the three separate Mountains that make up the Palccoyo range. Unlike the more frequented Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, Palccoyo offers a serene and less crowded experience. This allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty of these multi-hued mountains at a leisurely pace.

A Serene Alternative to Vinicunca: Discovering Palccoyo’s Unique Charm

Upon arriving, you’ll be greeted by the stunning sight of the Rainbow Mountains. These are a natural phenomenon where mineral deposits have painted the mountains in an array of colors. The hues range from vibrant reds to soothing yellows, creating a breathtaking visual spectacle. 

The Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain trek is a moderate hike, suitable for most fitness levels. The path will lead us through the unique Stone Forest. It is a geological marvel that stands as a testament to the area’s ancient volcanic activity.

Visiting Palccoyo offers more than just a visual feast. At an elevation of approximately 4,900 m (16,076 ft), this high-altitude adventure will challenge and invigorate you. 

To ensure a comfortable experience, we recommend spending a few days in Cusco. This will help you acclimatize and reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Embrace the journey as you breathe in the crisp mountain air and take in the panoramic views of the Andean mountain range.

High-Altitude Adventure: Embracing the Majestic Beauty of Palccoyo

Timing your visit is crucial for the best experience. The dry season, typically from May to September, offers clearer skies and more vivid colors. This makes it the ideal time to visit Palccoyo. However, every season brings its own charm, with the landscape transforming under different weather conditions.

Carefully crafted to ensure a memorable experience, Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain is a day tour you wont soon forget. While the hike itself is a highlight, the journey is rewarding as well. On the way, we’ll pass by remote communities rarely visited by outsiders. These communities offer a glimpse into the authentic Andean lifestyle.

Beyond the Trek: A Journey Through Culture and Nature

As we conclude our visit to the Rainbow Mountains, the memories of the striking colors will linger. Additionally, the sense of achievement from conquering this high-altitude trek will stay with you long after you’ve returned. 

And if you’re planning to visit Machu Picchu, Palccoyo makes for a perfect addition to your adventure in the Andes. It will be offering a contrasting yet complementary experience.

Join 69 Explorer for an awe-inspiring adventure to the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain. Together, we will create stories that you’ll be eager to share.

From US$ 39

95% of travelers recommend this experience

Important information


  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation from and to your accommodation in Cusco. This involves a comfortable vehicle equipped to handle the Andean terrain.
  • Professional Guide: A knowledgeable, bilingual (usually Spanish and English) tour guide to lead the group, offering insights about the region, its history, and the Rainbow Mountain.
  • Trekking Experience: A guided trek to the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain, suitable for most fitness levels, with breathtaking views of the Andean landscapes.
  • Meals: This includes at least one meal, such as a traditional Andean lunch. .
  • Basic First Aid: Guides carry a first aid kit for emergencies. The guides are trained in first


  • Travel Insurance: Participants are expected to arrange their own travel insurance covering high-altitude trekking.
  • Additional Meals and Beverages: Apart from the meals included (lunch), other meals and beverages, especially alcoholic drinks, are not covered.
  • Personal Gear: Hiking equipment like trekking poles, backpacks, appropriate clothing, and footwear are not provided and should be brought by the participants.
  • Entrance Fees: Entrance fees to access the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain area
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for the guide and support staff are not included and are at the discretion of the participant.
  • Extra Activities: Any additional activities outside the scheduled tour, such as horseback riding or other recreational activities, are not included.
  • Personal Expenses: Personal purchases or expenses, such as souvenirs, snacks outside of provided meals, or special requests, are not covered.
  • Transportation Outside the Itinerary: Pick-up and drop-off are typically restricted to specific locations in Cusco. Transport outside these areas, such as from other cities or distant hotels, is not included.
  • Emergency Medical Transportation: In case of a medical emergency requiring evacuation or special transport, costs are not covered.

Recommend to carry

  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing:
    • Waterproof and windproof jacket
    • Hiking pants
    • Hat, gloves, and scarf for warmth
  • Footwear:
    • Sturdy, comfortable hiking boots with good grip
    • Extra pair of socks (preferably wool or moisture-wicking material)
  • Backpack:
    • A comfortable daypack to carry your personal items
  • Sun Protection:
    • High SPF sunscreen
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Wide-brimmed hat or cap for sun protection
  • Hydration:
    • Water bottle or hydration system (at least 2 liters capacity)
  • Snacks:
    • Energy bars, nuts, or other high-energy, portable snacks
  • Health and Safety:
    • Personal medication
    • Basic first-aid kit
    • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes
    • Lip balm with SPF
  • Altitude Sickness Prevention:
    • Altitude sickness medication (consult with a doctor)
    • Coca leaves or coca candy (locally used for altitude sickness)
  • Photography Gear:
    • Camera or smartphone
    • Extra batteries or power bank
  • Cash:
    • Small amount of local currency for tips, snacks, or souvenirs


Embark on a breathtaking journey with us to the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain, a hidden treasure in the heart of the Andes near Cusco. This full-day tour promises an experience filled with vibrant colors, stunning landscapes, and rich cultural insights.

Our adventure will begin early in the morning, as we pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco. We’ll travel southeast, witnessing the sun rise over the Andean countryside. The scenic drive will take us through quaint villages and rolling hills, setting the stage for an unforgettable day.

Upon arrival at the trailhead, we’ll take a moment to soak in the serene beauty of the surrounding valleys. Here, we will start our trek towards the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain. The hike is moderate, suitable for most fitness levels. 

You will walk amidst a landscape painted with an array of mineral-rich colors, from deep maroons to bright yellows. The trail will lead us through the enchanting Stone Forest, where you’ll witness the intricate natural sculptures shaped by centuries of wind and weather.

Reaching New Heights: The Summit of Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain

At the summit, we will reach the highest altitude of our trek, approximately 4,900 meters (16,076 feet). Here, you’ll have the opportunity to capture stunning panoramic views of the Andean range and the vibrant hues of the Rainbow Mountain. We’ll spend time at the top, allowing you to immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere and take memorable photographs.

As we begin our descent, we will reflect on the journey and the unique beauty of the Andes. The trek back to the trailhead will offer a different perspective of the colorful mountains and valleys. Once we reach our starting point, we will enjoy a well-deserved traditional Andean lunch, giving you a taste of the local cuisine.

On the return drive to Cusco we will drop you off at your accommodation, concluding an incredible day of exploration and discovery.

Join us for this remarkable journey to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain, where we will explore one of the most colorful and unique landscapes near Cusco. Together, we will create memories that will last a lifetime, surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Andes.


The Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour is a guided excursion to one of the lesser-known Rainbow Mountains in Peru. It offers a scenic hike with views of colorful mountain landscapes near Cusco.

The hike is moderately difficult. It’s less strenuous than the alternative Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain trek, making it suitable for a wider range of fitness levels.

The trek is approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) round trip. The hike usually takes about 2-3 hours, depending on the group’s pace and time spent at the summit.

The highest point of the trek reaches around 4,900 m (16,076 ft) above sea level. Proper acclimatization is essential to avoid altitude sickness.

You should bring layered clothing, waterproof and windproof outerwear, sturdy hiking boots, sun protection, water, snacks, a small first-aid kit, and your camera. A detailed packing list is usually provided by the tour operator.

Yes, it’s recommended to spend at least 2-3 days in Cusco or a similar altitude to acclimatize before attempting the trek, as the high altitude can affect individuals differently.

Most tours include at least one meal, typically a traditional Andean lunch. Check with your tour operator for specific meal inclusions.

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