This fantastic rainbow mountain tour to Palccoyo you can combine with the last Inca suspension bridge called Queswachaca, these two unique places you can visit in one full day, Palccoyo rainbow mountain & Queswachaca bridge is a long day, but it is worth doing it, especially when having only one day left in Cusco Peru.
Palccoyo or Tres Rainbow, the alternative Rainbow mountain in Cusco, is a destination that has gained fame due to the coloration in the sediments of this part of the Andes, like the Vinicunca, but with better accessibility which allows enjoying spectacular views.
The place, still little known and far from many tourists, is located in the community of Palccoyo in the district of Checacupe, at 4,900 meters above sea level. To get there takes about three to four hours of bus ride to the southeast and from the city of Cusco.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00am – 4:30am).
Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain and Inca bridge – 1 Day highlights:
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and set off in our private vehicle, heading southeast in the direction of Puno. After driving around 3 hours and thirty minutes, taking us through the typical high Andes scenery of the Cusco region, we will arrive at our first destination: Palccoyo viewing point, with its fine vista of the rainbow-colored mountain peak and the entire Palccoyo valley. From here, the brief ascent on foot to view the rainbow mountain more closely is not a difficult walk.
The ascent is gradual, along a good trail through pastureland, with spectacular views of Mount Ausangate and other mountains of the Andes. However, the altitude may affect some walkers during the gradual climb from 4787 m / 15,705 feet to 4891 m / 16,046 feet. Travelers are advised to spend a few days in Cusco first to acclimate. After lunch, we will drive for around 90 minutes to the historic Inca suspension bridge known as Q’eswachaka.
This legacy of the Inca empire has survived over the centuries thanks to villagers from the three rural Andean communities who each year have maintained the custom of rebuilding their rope bridge as part of an annual ceremony. In the afternoon, a three-hour and thirty-minute drive across the high plains of the Andes will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we will arrive at around 7:30 pm, and we will drop you off at your hotel.
Maximum Altitude: 4.980 m.
Food: Breakfast and lunch.
Distance of walking: 02 Km.
Highlights: Spectacular views of the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain, Ausangate Mountain, Inca suspension bridge known as Q’eswachaka, 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 Rainbow Mountain and Inca bridge – 1 Day private service, includes additional items such as:
Our prices for the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain and Inca bridge – 1 Day are reasonable and are in different packages with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco, and discounts will apply automatically for groups of over 5 people when booking this tour together at the same time.
We are a local tour operator that never shares service with any other company in Cusco, most agencies in Cusco share their service to save operating costs with poor quality. We guarantee to make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Our booking process is simple and you can secure your trip with only a 30% deposit and pay the rest at the destination.
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You’ll pay your remaining balance once you arrive in Cusco and in cash in US dollars or soles (Peruvian currency) to the change of the day. If you prefer payment through PayPal, you’ll be charged an additional 6% due to bank commissions. It is better to pay us with cash because there is no transaction fee.
Of course! During the tour with us, your main luggage can be stored in our office or at your hotel. Both of them are free.
Yes, it is possible. But you should let us know 7 days in advance.
It is not mandatory to bring your Passport.
At least 7 days in advance.
Unfortunately, there is no student discount.
Tipping is not required, but it is appreciated if you are satisfied with the services. Even though it might not be familiar in your country, the people who will look after you during the tour place a lot of importance on it. Many Huaynas Expeditions’ destinations encourage top-notch service and are a foundational aspect of the travel and tourism sector. It’s up to you how much to tip based on how well you thought out the tour and how long it lasted. Remember that leaving a tip is optional and should only be done if you receive first-class service.
Yes, Huaynas Expeditions is a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator; for that, we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and appreciate the local places and their people.
Our guides make us so happy! Their English is excellent, and they are extremely professional. They have a great deal of knowledge and love for the history and heritage of the Incas. Constant professional and personal growth is a priority for our tour guides. They conduct research to make sure that the Inca and Andean cultural theories you are given are accurate and widely accepted. Our team members are smart, athletic, and fun-loving. All of them have academic backgrounds in archaeology, tourism, botany, history, or anthropology.
You should have at least 48 hours or more in Cusco. It’s recommended to enjoy these days in the city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley.
Our tour guide is professional; he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank; we always provide an oxygen tank for this tour.
The Chocolate lake of Ausangate is located over 4780 m.a.s.l
Best season: Dry season (May to October)
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.
Palccoyo is still not as popular with travelers, so you will not have problems taking 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.
Yes, at the beginning of the walk, you will find public baths that cost S/.1 Sol.
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.
When making plans for a long-awaited dream journey, choosing the right travel agency or tour operator is the most crucial option you will make. Initially, some businesses might appear more affordable. But if you dig a bit further, you’ll discover why booking with Huaynas Expeditions ensures that your trip will be as remarkable as it can be.