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Palcoyo Day Hike
Palcoyo Day Hike
Palcoyo Day Hike
Palcoyo Day Hike

Palcoyo Mountain Day Hike


Palcoyo Mountain Day Hike

Palcoyo Day Hike is a colored mountain similar to the classic Rainbow Mountain but there is not only one mountain in Palcoyo there are 3 different rainbow color mountains like ocher and red colors, with green, blue and white stripes. In Palcoyo also you will see the stone forest and local people dressed in their traditional costumes accompanied by their Llamas and Alpacas.

In this tour to Palcoyo you enjoy beautiful landscapes and the beautiful colors of Palcoyo mountain this circuit does not require much physical condition and you can do it easily and reaching it only requires a gentle walk of 1 hour and without unevenness, making it a less demanding alternative than the long trek to Vinicunca also we provide you with breakfast and lunch.


Palcoyo Mountain Day Hike

  • Amazing Andean landscapes of Cusco
  • See three different mountains of rainbow color.
  • Hike through the stone forest of Palcoyo
  • Beautiful Rainbow Mountain colors
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks included
  • Pick Up from Your Hotel in Cusco
  • See llamas and alpacas and their local owners along the route
from $ 29.00
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  • Pick up time from your hotel is from 5:30 to 6:00 am
  • It takes 3 hours car ride from Cusco to Palcoyo
  • The time that you spend in Palcoyo is 2-hour hiking in the area of Palcoyo mountain to see all
  • The car ride back to Cusco takes around 3 hours
  • You will be back in Cusco around 4:30 pm
  • We stop in Cusipata town for breakfast and lunch each time for 1 hour approximately

We are going to pick up everyone from their respective hotels, we will go to the town of Cusipata by car for 2 hours where we will make a stop at the restaurant to have a delicious breakfast, which will take about an hour and then we continue in the same car for 1 more hour towards the Palcoyo Mountain.

Once you arrive at the Palcoyo Mountain you will get ready to start the exploration in the place and the guide will take you to see the three colored mountains and the stone forest and you will have enough time for photographs, listen to the explanation of the guide and enjoy of the area. After we will get ready for the return by car to the town of Cusipata for 1 hour to have a buffet lunch and then 2 more hours by car back to Cusco.

Palcoyo Mountain Day Hike



Palcoyo Mountain Day Hike

  • Round trip transportation
  • Breakfast (fruit juice, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, fruit salad, and bread or pancakes with butter and jam)
  • Buffet lunch
  • Walking stick
  • Entrance fee for Palcoyo Mountain
  • Groups ranging between 7-8 people, maximum 10 people
  • English speaking, professional guides
  • First-Aid equipment and oxygen bottle for emergencies

Not Included

  • Personal gear
  • Tips


Recommendations for visiting Palcoyo Mountain Day Hike

  • Pills for altitude sickness or previous acclimatization.
  • This hike is also recommended for children.
  • Bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water.
  • It is important to bring warm clothes and windbreakers.


Palcoyo Mountain Day Hike – GROUP SERVICE – SEASON 2022 (from March 2022 to January 2023)

  • REGULAR PRICE: USD 29 dollars per person
  • OFFER PRICE: USD 24 dollars per person  

Our OFFER PRICE applies for people who already booked with us one of our tours to Machu Picchu such as Salkantay trek, Inca jungle, Machu Picchu tours, etc.

Our prices for the Palcoyo Mountain are reasonable and are in line with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco. If you book this tour online or directly at our office in Cusco, the price does not vary, we always keep the same price and the quality of the service we provide will always be the best.

  • OPTION HORSEBACK RIDING: 80 soles or 22 dollars.

This is an OPTION for those who are not able to hike or just want to enjoy a horseback riding in the mountains. Once you arrive at the beginning of the Palcoyo Mountain hike you can rent a ridding horse from the locals directly with the help of the guide. The price that they charge for the horse usually is 80 soles or 22 dollars and the horse will take you to the Palcoyo mountain and take you back also the owner of the horse will be pulling the horse ahead and you only have to sit down on the horse and enjoy.


Booking online: If you like to book the Rainbow Mountain tour online, we request a deposit of 20 dollars per person, and the remaining balance you can pay once you arrive in Cusco at our office if you are not able to come to our office you can pay to the tour guide once you are on the tour also is possible to pay the full amount online.

Booking at the office: If you like you can come to our office in Cusco to book the rainbow mountain tour one of our salespeople will give all the details of the tour and make your reservations. You can book the rainbow mountain tour even one day before.



We recommend dressing as follow for the Raimbow mountain tour 

  • Wool hat
  • T-shirt
  • Layer
  • A jacket
  • Long pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Small Backpack to carry water, some snacks, camera, etc.

What to bring for the tour

  • 2 liters of water (there are options to buy along the route)
  • Snacks such as, apple, cereal bar, sweets and chocolates
  • Sun cream
  • Rain jacket or poncho

Frequently Asked Questions Palcoyo Mountain Day Hike

FAQS Palcoyo Day Hike

How did Palcoyo originate?

The Palcoyo mountain range, as well as Vinicunca, (Rainbow Mountain), originate thanks to an impressive geological process where the strata of the earth are aligned creating layers of different colors with a surprising effect.

Near Palcoyo you can also find a mysterious forest of stones, where whimsical rock formations give shape to a geological labyrinth.

How difficult is the hike to Palcoyo?

The difficulty of the hike to the Cordillera de Colores de Palcoyo is moderate, and this makes it interesting for people who do not like to walk much or who do not have enough performance to do trekking.

Where can I stay?

The Cordillera de Colores Palcoyo is a new destination, so it is very difficult to find hotels or hostels, however, there are houses with lodging in the town center of Checacupe and you can also choose the option of staying overnight in Chuquicahuana.

Where to eat in Palcoyo Cusco?

You will find local restaurants that cater to tourists, in the district of Checacupe and enjoy the typical dishes of the area.

What is the best time of the year to visit Palcoyo?

The best season to go sightseeing and visit the Cordillera de Colores Palcoyo, is during the dry season, between the months of May to October, during this season the weather is pleasant and helps to observe more clearly the Cordillera de Palcoyo, thanks to the sunny days of the season, and thus, take fantastic pictures in this incredible place.

The red river of Palcoyo

Near the Cordillera de Colores de Palcoyo, there is a small tributary of water that during the rainy season increases its flow, carrying with it the reddish soil of the land where it is located. This river takes on the same coloration that has attracted the attention of many visitors.

Palcoyo or Vinicunca?

The effort and time required to reach Palcoyo is less than that needed to reach Vinicunca, and Vinicunca receives hundreds of tourists daily, so the scenic experience is less than that of visiting Palccoyo.

Undoubtedly, Vinicunca remains the biggest challenge for intrepid travelers eager to conquer this challenge, while Palcoyo is an excellent option for those who want a more accessible route.

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