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Palccoyo is one of the two Rainbow Mountains off the city of Cusco and a part of the Andes. The Andes are massive complex mountain range that dominates the Western Region of South America. Rainbow Mountain or Montaña de siete colores in Spanish is one of the popular day trips from Cusco.
As the name suggests, the seven coloured mountain fames for its distinct seven colours stripped on it. These colours are deposits of minerals those are formed naturally.
Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain tour is an easier option than the classic Vinicunca Rainbow Mountains and Red Valley trek. The full day tour starts at a reasonable hour and does not involve much of hike. The hike up to the summit is fairly easier. The route offers enchanting views of Ausangate Mountain.
The snow capped “Apu” Ausangate dominates the southern skyline of Cusco and is sacred to the locals. A day trip to see the stunning colors of Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain is perfect for those wanting to see this in an easier way on a short and comfortable day trip from Cusco.
We at Treks in Cusco operate this tour in small groups or as private tours daily. Simply reach out to us to plan your unforgettable day trip to visit Palccoyo Rainbow Mountains in Peru.
As this is a high altitude trek, we highly recommend you to to spend some time in Cusco and acclimatise yourself to avoid altitude sickness.
Palccoyo is located in the Andes Mountains of Peru. This region experiences two seasons – Rainy Season and Dry Season. It is best to visit the Palccoyo Mountains during the dry season – April to November.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel at around 0600 in the morning. Then we will be driving to the South of Cusco, along the South Valley of Cusco. On the way to Palccoyo, we will have a brief stop in Checacupe. It is a colonial village. Here you can get freshen up and use toilets if needed.
These beautiful village also houses a rope bridge. It was built by Spanish conquistadors and somewhat resembles Qeswachaka Bridge. In the main plaza there is a white washed colonial church, the interiors of this church is beautiful.
Our journey to mountain of the 7 colors, will start at 4900 meters above sea level. The drive upto the trail head is scenic along the river, snow capped peaks and communities.
From the starting point, we will be hiking for around 45 minutes to the highest point of the trek at 5000 meters. The way up is through some strange rock formations called stone forest. We will also see many other spectacular sights where we will stop to click photos along the way.
You will also be rewarded with a breath taking view of the Sacred Mountain of the region, Ausangate Mountain which marks the southern skyline of Cusco city.
Once on top of the mountain, we will spend some time seeing the enchanting beauty of the landscape and picturesque Vilcanota Mountain Range.
After spending some time here, we will start our descend to the base camp from where we started the hike. We will then stop at a local restaurant for lunch before driving back to Cusco. You will be dropped off near Plaza Regocijo at around 5:30 PM.
Palccoyo Alternative Rainbow Mountains are beautiful. The road up is very scenic with distinct flora and fauna along the way. It was very easy. Thanks to Carlos.
We had the best experience on this one day drive upto Palccoyo from Cusco. The guide was very nice and gave us many informations.