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Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain tour

  • Type tour: Day trip, adventure
  • Physical/difficulty: Moderate
  • Total distance hiked: 2 kms. – 1.864 mi. (round trip)
  • Temperature: Dry – hot / cold – windy (if cloudy)
  • Maximum altitude: 4,970m./9,842 ft.

Palcoyo or Cordillera del Arco iris. This is great point to highlight on your trip to Cusco, especially if you’re looking places off the beaten path. Places where to enjoy nature with great views with less hiking, this place also offers the views of the highest point of Cusco “Ausangate mount (6,385 m./20,945 ft.).” spectacular views of the” Vilcanota mountain range” with different snow-capped peaks. The three viewpoints will show you colorful mountains similar or even better than “Vinicunca – the classic Rainbow Mountain” on the way there is an interesting rock formation known as the “Rock forest” with gorgeous views of the area. Here the people keep alive their local traditions, you will see herds of alpacas, llamas and vicuñas, sometimes condors, chinchillas. Definitely a great place to enjoy nature. This day tour also will give us the chance to visit the famous Checacupe Town where we find the remains of an ancient Inca bridge, here nowadays we find a colonial Bridge which was built using the foundations of the Inca Bridge, perfect place to understand this two periods, (Inca time & colonial time). Another important place to visit will be the lake of Huacarpay near to Cusco.


Palcoyo / Rainbow Mountain – Checacupe Colonial bridge – Huacarpay lake


Enjoy nature in a place off the beaten path ” the new Rainbow mountain”


Day 1Cusco – Palcoyo – Checacupe colonial bridge - Huacarpay lake - Cusco.

We will pick you up from your hotel at 4:00am. And drive to the southeast for 3 hours, until ‘Palcoyo Community’. On the way we will enjoy the beauty of the local communities with local people wearing their typical clothing, herding the llamas and alpacas, as well the great views of the landscapes with big farming areas, colorful fields due to the diversity of the products and some snowcapped peaks.
At ‘Palcoyo Community’ (4,500 m./14,463ft.) we will enjoy a hot delicious breakfast before we start our hike.
Approximately 1 hour along the path where we find three different viewpoints, from each one of the them we have different colorful mountains or rainbow mountains, also red valleys, etc. once at the last lookout, we continue exploring the “Stone Forest” which is a rock formation with narrow paths like a maze of alleys, from here we will be able to take the best pictures of the Vilcanota Mountain range far in the distance where is located the Ausangate Mount (highest point of Cusco region) then we continue walking down till the exit. Basically to visit the place will take us 2 hours’ round trip. Your guide while you enjoy your snacks (probably at the second lookout will explain you what makes this mountain so interesting and about the different minerals founded in the area). After enjoying this astonishment places we continue until our lunch place where our chef will be waiting for us with a lovely lunch.
After lunch, 3 more hours in our private van back to Cusco, on the way we will visit the colonial Bridge of Checacupe, built using the foundations of an ancient Inca bridge. Continuing we stop to visit the Huacarpay lake. After we drive directly to your hotel. (average time to reach to Cusco 6 pm.).

  • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch.
  • Distance hiking: 2 kms. – 1.864 mi. (round trip)
  • Average time: 2 hours.
  • Considered: moderate.
  • Weather: Dry – hot / cold – windy (if cloudy)
  • Maximum altitude:4,970m./9,842 ft.
What to bring?

Essentials for Palcoyo / Rainbow mountain tour

  • Original passport.
  • Small day pack – 30 or 40 L. for hiking during day.
  • Confortable shoes.
  • Warm clothes for variable temperatures: wool hat, scarves, gloves.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Rain gear and plastic poncho.
  • Sun hat, bandana, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Personal medication.
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
  • Extra money (dollars or soles) for souvenirs, drinks, tips, etc.

Extra information

Included in your tour to Palcoyo


  • It will be done one night before the trek, and here we will tell you all the specific details about the trek.

Professional guide:

  • Bilingual English speaking, experienced professional guide.


  • All tickets for your tour to Palcoyo.
  • Entrance Ticket for Palcoyo.


  • Pick up in a private transport to the starting point of your tour.
  • Private transport back to your hotel.


  • Experienced trekking chef.

Camping equipment:

  • Tent with table and chairs to enjoy our meals.


  • Breakfast, snacks and lunch.
  • Snacks.
  • * if you have any food restriction, please let us know.

First aid:

  • All our guides have received training in first aid from a Physician.
  • Emergency first-aid kit.
  • Oxygen tank, fingertip pulseoximeter, medical infrared thermometer.

Not Included

  • Walking sticks (Pair)
  • Tips: For your crew.


  • This tour is only organized in a private service, price depends on the group size, send us a message specifying the tour name, number of people and departure date, so we will contact you as soon as possible. We guaranteed you an unforgettable experience by arranging this tour..

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