Palccoyo Mountain Trek 1 Day, is the best alternative trek to the crowded Mountain of Vinicunca, this rainbow mountain offers you great views or even better than Vinicunca Mountain, you will see three rainbow mountains and the unique stone forest located at over 4,980 m / 16,338 ft, Palccoyo is considered as sister of Vinicunca Mountain because in this mountain, there is also a high concentration of minerals that give it that beautiful rainbow color, which will surely leave you breathless.
Palccoyo’s rainbow appearance is due to “a complex geological history of marine, lake and river sediments,” according to a report by the Ministerio de Cultura, the colors of the mountains are due to the mineral composition that it has: the pink color is due to the red clay, fangolites (mud) and anlites (sand). The whitish, for the quartz sandstone and marls, rich in calcium carbonate. Red is made up of clays (iron oxide) and clays belonging to the upper tertiary. The green is due to the compound of phyllites and clays rich in magnesium ferro.
You can even combine Palccoyo Mountain Trek with the inca bridge of Queshuachaca in 2 Days with camping at one of the beautiful lakes.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00am – 4:30am).
Palccoyo Mountain availability:
The availability for Palccoyo Mountain is unlimited.
Palccoyo Rainbow Trek 1 Day highlights:
We recommend you to be in Cusco at least 2 days prior your trek to be acclimatised to Cusco’s altitude, so that during the tour you won’t have a problem.
We are Huaynas Expeditions, a direct local tour operator in the city of Cusco, we do not share service with any other agency, as most of them they do. We will make the Palccoyo Mountain Trek even if your are 2 people only. we won’t cancel your trip!, we are a responsible company with vast experience in the tourism industry, we have the best professional team to make your journey unforgettable.
We pick you up early from your hotel in Cusco and drive 3 hours through the South Valley to the beginning of the trail, before we start hiking we’ll enjoy our breakfast, after breakfast we’ll walk about 40 minutes to see the main rainbow mountain “Palccoyo”, the are 3 or more rainbow mountains to see. Upon our arrival to the viewpoint, our tour guide will take you to the best spot to get the best postcard picture, he will also explain you the current theories regarding the purpose and significance of the colored mountain.
After taking photos and enjoying the view, we will continue walking to the Stone Forest of Palccoyo (optional), a must-see place after the Palccoyo Mountain, the path is a bit incline, so it takes 15 minutes to reach it, one we arrive, we will see the incredible spiky collection of rocks jutting out into the sky.
After taking our pictures and appreciating the views, we’ll hike down to the starting point, where we take our private van which will take us to lunch spot, after lunch we will drive back to Cusco, on the way we can visit the suspencion inca bridge of Checacupe. Although it may not seem reliable, it will always be an adventure to go through it and relive those years when the children of the Sun had to travel kilometers to carry errands or barter their products.
Afterwards we will drive back to Cusco, our service ends with a drop off at your hotel in Cusco, arriving at around 4 pm.
Maximum Altitude: 4.980 m.
Food: Breakfast and lunch.
Distance of walking: 02 Km.
Highlights: Spectacular views of the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain, Ausangate Mountain and the Vilcanota river.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
Our Palccoyo Mountain Trek 1 Day private service, includes additional items such as:
We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.
We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.
We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Where is Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain?
The Palccoyo mountain, still little known and far from many tourists, is located in the community of Palccoyo of the district of Checacupe, province of Canchis, in the Cusco region, at almost 5,000 m.a.s.l.
Why choose Palccoyo rainbow mountain instead of Vinicunca?
Palccoyo is still not as popular with travelers, so you will not have problems if you want to take a quiet stroll, that connects you with nature without interruptions. The walk is simple and it will not take you more than an hour, but Vinicunca is a hike of at least 3 hours.
Is there toilet facilities in Palccoyo?
Yes, at the beginning of the walk you will find public baths that cost S/.1 Sol
What is the maximum Altitude we walk on this tour?
We could get till over 5,030 m.a.s.l. That is the point of the Stone Forest, but this is walk to the stone forest is up to you, you can stay at 4,980 masl from where you can see the three rainbows.
What if i suffer from altitude sickness?
Our tour guide is professional, he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank, we always provide oxigyn tank for this kind of tour.
Great roadtrip to get there! Also nice few hours walking while viewing the rainbow mountains, but at very high altitude so be prepared.
Take long road trip to here, but everything is worth. To see such a beautiful mountains and landscape.