1-Day Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour

Journey Beyond the Ordinary: Discover the Vibrant Palccoyo and the Serene Cañón de los Espejos Turquesa

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Cusco, Peru


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Dive into an experience unparalleled in its beauty and exclusivity with our unique Andean journey. While many tread the familiar paths, we take you on a less-traveled route to the mesmerizing Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain range. Here, nature’s artistry unveils itself in a burst of vibrant colors, with each mountain seeming like a masterpiece painted by the gods themselves.

But the magic of our tour doesn’t end with rainbow mountains. We introduce you to the tranquil allure of the Cañón de los Espejos Turquesa, a place where serene blue pools capture the vastness of the Andean sky. What sets us apart? This curated combination, a blend of vibrancy and tranquility, is an offering you won’t find with any other operator. Join us not just for a tour, but for an exclusive passage into the hidden heart of the Andes, a journey filled with wonder and enchantment.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM - 04:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain range, Cañón de los Espejos Turquesa, Stone Forest of Palccoyo, Cusipata
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 03:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 03:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 03:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 03:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Our adventure begins with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco. As you settle into our private van, we embark on a scenic 3-hour drive through the South Valley, taking us to our breakfast destination in Cusipata. Here, you'll savor a hearty Andean breakfast, setting the tone for the exciting day ahead.

With our appetites satiated, we head to the trailhead for the magnificent Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain. A brisk 40-minute hike unveils the first of the vibrantly colored mountains. However, Palccoyo's allure isn't limited to just one mountain; several more of these rainbow-colored marvels await your discovery.

Upon reaching the viewpoint, our knowledgeable tour guide will help you find the best photo spots, ensuring you capture the majesty of this natural spectacle. As you absorb the views, the guide will share enthralling stories and theories about the mountains' vivid hues and their importance in Andean culture.

For those seeking an added touch of adventure, we offer an optional trek to the Stone Forest of Palccoyo. This slightly challenging path, taking about 15 minutes, rewards with vistas of dramatic rock formations silhouetted against the vast Andean sky.

After our exploration, we return to Cusipata, where a sumptuous buffet-style lunch awaits. Delight in a variety of traditional Peruvian dishes, savoring the region's rich culinary heritage.

Rejuvenated from our meal, we set out on foot to the tranquil "Cañón de los Espejos Turquesa" (Canyon of the Turquoise Mirrors). A 20-minute walk brings us to this hidden gem, where serene blue pools reflect the vast Andean sky, offering a moment of respite from the day's activities.

With our spirits high and cameras laden with memories, we commence our return journey to Cusco. As the landscapes pass by, take a moment to reflect on a day replete with nature's wonders and cultural insights. By approximately 4 pm, we'll ensure you're comfortably back at your hotel, marking the end of a day of unparalleled exploration.

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Tour Highlights

  • Early Morning Departure from Cusco: Start the day with a scenic drive through the South Valley, offering glimpses of traditional Andean villages and lush landscapes.

  • Hearty Andean Breakfast in Cusipata: Kickstart your adventure with a traditional breakfast, providing the energy needed for the day’s explorations.

  • Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Trek: Discover the vibrant hues of the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain range, with multiple colorful mountains standing majestically against the Andean backdrop.

  • Expert Guided Tour: Benefit from the knowledge of our local guide, who will share intriguing stories, insights, and the best photo spots at each location.

  • Optional Trek to Stone Forest of Palccoyo: Dive deeper into the Andean landscapes with a trek to this dramatic collection of rock formations, offering unique views and photo opportunities.

  • Buffet-Style Lunch in Cusipata: Savor a diverse spread of traditional Peruvian dishes, immersing yourself in the region’s rich culinary traditions.

  • Visit to Cañón de los Espejos Turquesa: Experience tranquility at this hidden gem, where serene blue pools mirror the sky, creating a mesmerizing and peaceful setting.


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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

How long is the trek to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain?

The trek to the main viewpoint of Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain typically takes around 40 minutes.

Can I store my luggage at the Huaynas Expeditions office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

How long is the visit to Cañón de los Espejos Turquesa?

The visit, which involves a 20-minute walk one way, offers a tranquil experience at the Canyon of the Turquoise Mirrors.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Are vegetarian or vegan meal options available?

Yes, please inform us in advance, and we’ll ensure that vegetarian or vegan meal options are available for you during the tour.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

How challenging is the trek to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain?

While the trek to Palccoyo is shorter and generally considered easier than some other high-altitude treks in the region, it’s always important to consider individual fitness levels and be prepared for the altitude.

Can the tour be done during the rainy season?

While the tour operates year-round, it’s essential to be prepared for changing weather conditions, especially during the rainy season. Waterproof clothing and good trekking shoes are a must.

Do I need to tip the trek crew?

While tipping is optional, it’s a kind gesture to show appreciation for the services provided by the guide, chef, and other team members.

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Jordan Lee

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Absolutely stunning! The Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour exceeded all my expectations. The colors of the mountain were surreal, and the guide was fantastic – informative and friendly. The Stone Forest side trek was a delightful surprise. A must-do for anyone visiting Cusco!

January 8, 2024

Emily Torres

Solo Traveller

I recently took the 1-Day Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour, and it was an experience I’ll never forget. The scenic drive through the South Valley was breathtaking, and the hike to the Rainbow Mountain was both exhilarating and serene. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, sharing fascinating stories about the area’s history and culture. The highlight for me was the tranquil walk to the Canyon of the Turquoise Mirrors – a perfect end to a perfect day. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for an unforgettable adventure in Peru.

January 5, 2024
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