Day trip

From Cusco: Palccoyo Alternative Rainbow Mountain Day Trek

Activity provider: Willka Travel

From Cusco: Palccoyo Alternative Rainbow Mountain Day Trek

Activity provider: Willka Travel

From US$ 110 per person

Enjoy an alternative hike through the stunning landscape surrounding Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop off, leaving you well rested to make the most of a gentle hike through spectacular and colorful scenery.

About this activity

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese
Pickup included
Please provide your hotel’s name and address in Cusco center. Please indicate if you are staying at a private accommodation (with address), you will then be provided with a meeting point close by.
Private or small groups available


  • Enjoy a hike through the stunning landscape of Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain
  • Explore the colorful scenery and make the most of fantastic photo opportunities
  • Benefit from hotel pick-up and drop off
Full description
Enjoy a more leisurely hike and experience the stunning Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain with this full-day hiking excursion from Cusco. After being picked up from your hotel in a private minivan, you will set off from Cusco towards Rainbow Mountain. Drive through quaint traditional villages and take in fantastic views of the Andes as you travel.  Once you've arrived at your drop-off location, you will begin your hike through the stunning landscape surrounding Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain. The route is perfect for families or anyone who enjoys hiking, but who wants to avoid a strenuous 6-hour hike!  After around half an hour of walking you will reach Tres Rainbows, where you can enjoy spectacular views over the entire region and of the Ausangate Glacier. Make the most of some free time to explore the area and take some amazing photographs of the colourful mountains. Following an exhilarating day, sit back and relax as you are transferred back to Cusco.
  • Pickup from centrally located hotels in Cusco
  • Professional tour guide (English/Spanish)
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch (vegetarian options available)
  • First aid kit
  • Polar blanket
  • Communication radios
  • Entrance tickets
  • Drinks
  • Meals (not specified in the itinerary)
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with low level of fitness
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Water
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, a sun hat, warm clothing (long sleeved shirt and a sweater), a waterproof jacket or raincoat, lip balm and bug repellent
  • The Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain hike is considered moderate in difficulty so it’s highly recommended for you to be in good physical condition
  • It is also important that you spend some days in Cusco before going to the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain, so your body acclimates to the high altitude
  • It is recommended that you bring snacks and potable water with you
  • It is recommended that you bring some local currency with you as there could be some places on site that don't accept credit cards
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 10 reviews

Review summary

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Great view

The tour was well worth it. The 3 hour drive had plenty of scenery, and the view of the rainbow mountain was beautiful. Unable to capture its beauty in camera without editing the pics though. Be sure to bring a proper winter jacket, gloves and winter hat - the temp is no joke! Initially it was very hard to contact the tour operator, but we went to the office to reconfirm our tour for the next day and it all went well. Breakfast-to-go box was provided, and after the rainbow mountain we were brought to a small restaurant for a delicious lunch. The tour guide was really good at explaining and accommodating to our pace - we had to stop to rest a few times due to the high altitude. Definitely need to acclimatize in Cusco for a few days before getting on this tour! There were very little tourists so it was easy to get perfect shots of the mountains. It’s also a short hike - about 45 mins uphill.

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May 6, 2019

excursion to do!

excursion planned early so with breakfast included, which finally only started at 7am so without breakfast, and without compensation. pick-up done at the agency while pick-up could be done at the hotel, too bad. Other than that, great excursion! the guide who is also the cook and the driver was great (thank you Raul !!), very good behavior while the roads are more dirt roads in laces, excellent lunch (suddenly a shame that we did not have the breakfast- already !!) in a typical place, and wonderful visit (too bad the weather was not good) in a little touristy area which is very significant, and very professional explanations! taking into account effective mountain sickness on the part of Raul, thank you again !!

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