Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain 1 Day
This tour allows you to experience beautiful views of the Palccoyo “Rainbow” Mountain. The colorful stripes on the mountain are layers of sediment exposed by erosion. How bright the colors appear depends on the weather — the colors can be more dull on cloudy or rainy days, but no matter what the conditions on the day of your tour there’s still plenty to see on this one-day trek.
up to 10 days in advance
- Duration: 10 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 4:30 AM, 6:30 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Free cancellation up to 10 days prior
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
During your hike, you’ll have the chance to see seven species of camelids, including llama, alpaca, guanaco, and vicuña. This area is also home to Andean deer. Turn your gaze skyward to look for Andean Condors, and if you’re especially lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a puma.
The evening before the tour, your group will meet with the guide to get complete trip details. At 6:00 AM, you’ll leave from Cusco in a private car. This journey takes you through Checacupe and Pitumarca, on a drive that lasts 3 hours. Eventually you’ll come to a dirt road and then stop for breakfast. After breakfast, the trek begins with about 90 minutes of hiking to reach the Mountain of Many Colors, which stands at 16,000 feet (4,900 m) above sea level. Once you’ve taken in the view, you’ll hike back down the mountain for a picnic lunch before returning to Cuco between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
It's quite chilly on the mountain, so make sure to wear warm clothes.
What to Bring
Pills for altitude sickness, small water bottle (drinks are included with a box lunch), wind breaker, warm clothes, hat, scarf, gloves, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, and sun screen.
Round trip transportation, lunch or box lunch, entrance fees, and a bilingual guide. In case of group tour this transportation is shared.
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Our most favorite trip
So great! We were so tired, slept the whole van ride both ways haha. The mountains were incredible. Soo happy we went to the less popular one. Loved it.
I really enjoyed this tour, it was my favorite out of all the tours. I loved that we were one on one with the tour guide. He was super knowledgable about Peru, and gave us some amazing information.
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