USD $ 169

During the Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain trek you will enjoy the natural beauty of the Andes, with its glacial peaks, red mountains and rocky hills. The Palccoyo hike also offers you the chance to see llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley.

Price per person in private service based on two people. Departures every day. Please go to the price section for more options.

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    Full-day Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain

    PALCCOYO RAINBOW MOUNTAIN has a rich-colored soil due to the minerals in it. It is located on the way to the sacred mountain of Ausangate, passing by a vivacious green valley and an impressive stone forest. It is populated by welcoming communities of mountain farmers. Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain is 5035 m / 16 520 ft high and this journey will add cultural richness to your whole experience in the Peruvian Andes.

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    1. DAY 1 Trip to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain

      We will meet at the hotel lobby at 05:00 hours and will travel for about 4 hours, passing through traditional villages and having amazing views of the Andes with its diverse flora and fauna.

      Breakfast will be served on the way, and you will continue enjoying the landscape that will surprise you with an impressive stone forest, with truly enormous rocks with striking shapes. Once we reach the trailhead, we will begin the hike from Palcoyo at 4790 m / 15 710 ft.

      Along the way, you will enjoy the natural beauty of the Andes, with its glacial peaks, red mountains and rocky hills. As you head to the summit of the mountain, you may spot some Andean wildlife like llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley.

      Rainbow Mountain

      After a 45-minute walk and once at the top of Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to absorb its majesty. Β Like Vinicunca, Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain has such striking colors due to the minerals found here, such as red clay, sandstone or copper oxide. It is believed that millions of years ago, this area was completely covered with water, which brought all these sediments that gave Palccoyo its characteristic colors.

      You will also see the snow-capped peaks of Ausangate right in front of you, which is part of the Vilcanota mountain range and is the highest mountain in the Cusco region (just below 6402 m / 21 000 ft).

      After taking the best pictures, we will begin our descent. We will have lunch on our way back to Cusco, and will finally return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

      Meals included: B L

    B Breakfast
    S Snack
    L Lunch
    D Dinner
    BL Boxed Lunch


    Trek Price per Person
    02 travelers US$ 169
    03 travelers US$ 121
    04 travelers US$ 97
    05 travelers US$ 85
    06 travelers US$ 77
    07 travelers US$ 69
    08 travelers US$ 63
    09 travelers US$ 61
    10–12 travelers US$ 57



    The Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain is customizable. If you would like to add destinations to your trip, please let us know in the Comments Section of the Get Free Quote form. You can also fill out our Design Your TripΒ form orΒ Contact UsΒ form with your specific needs.


    • This Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain is available every day of the year.
    • Price does not include local sales taxes; as foreign travelers are sales tax exempt according to Peruvian Law.
    • If you are looking for a complete experience in Cusco, you can add this hike to ourΒ 4-Day Machu Picchu Tour.
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Pre-trek briefing.
    • Private transportation.
    • Private adventure guide.
    • Meals according to itinerary.
    • Entrance ticket.
    • First aid kit.
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • International and domestic flights.
    • Visas required to enter Peru.
    • Airport Taxes.
    • Tips.
    • Hotel in Cusco.
    • Horses.
    • Walking poles.
    • Processing and wire transfer fees.

    This trek is fairly easy and is suitable also for families with children. Remember that you should spend some days acclimating to the altitude before the trek because you will be hiking at a very high elevation.

    Palcoyo demands a less strenuous hike which can be done in a shorter time (45 minutes versus 2 hours) and it is suitable for families, although it is located a bit farther than Vinicunca.

    Vinicunca is a more popular and crowded destination, while Palccoyo is still a bit unknown.

    If you are more interested in a trek that is a little bit off the beaten path, then Palcoyo may be the right one for you.

    From April to October, there is less chance of rain. May and June are the coldest months, and it could be snowy. The warmer months are September and October.

    Concerning the time, the best time to do the trek is in the morning, when is less crowded and temperature is more pleasant.

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