Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain - Palccoyo Cusco

Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour

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Rainbow Mountains in Peru are the second most visited tourist attraction after Machu Picchu. Cusco, the former capital of the Incas is home to two iconic Rainbow Mountains – Palccoyo Cusco and  Vinicunca. 

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Trek is the most popular activity among the two. However, it involves challenging hikes at high altitudes. Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour full day or Alternative Rainbow Mountain as it is popularly known as is a much easier option and seldom involves any hike. 

Set at 4900 meters above sea level, the colors of Palccoyo are the result of mineral deposits. From the car park, it is an easy 45 minutes hike to the summit. You will be getting staggering views of the Ausangate, the sacred Andean peak. 

The hike takes you through the stone forest or bosque de Piedras. These are natural rock formations towering up to the sky. 

On this full-day trip from Cusco with a local tour guide, you will be getting an insight into the life of local communities who live in this untouched region. They maintain their age-old traditions and customs. Explore the colorful mountains of Cusco with us.

Best time for Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour full day?

Palccoyo Cusco is a part of the Andean Mountain Range. It is subject to two seasons, wet season and dry season. 

The best time to visit Palccoyo Cusco is during the dry season, between March and November. During the rainy season, the path leading up gets slippery. Because of the altitude, the mountain often gets covered in snow during the rainy season. 

Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour full-day recommendations:

Please note, that Palccoyo Cusco Trek is a high-altitude experience. We highly recommend that you spend at least three days in Cusco city before the tour to avoid altitude sickness.

Why SAMEX Tours Peru?

SAMEX Tours Peru is a fully locally owned licensed tour operator based in Cusco. We have an excellent team of professionals who are passionate about what they do. They have excellent knowledge about the routes, history, and culture.  

Rainbow Mountain tour from Cusco is one of our signature treks. We maintain high safety standards. Our main aim is to offer you a pleasant and safe experience on any of our tours. 

Do take a moment to check out our reviews on TripAdvisor. 

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We wanted to do the Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley tour but ended up hiking to Palccoyo with SAMEX. It was relatively an easier experience. Mateo is fantastic.


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