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Rainbow mountain Palccoyo one day - trekking

1. Rainbow mountain Palccoyo one day - trekking

Rainbow Mountain Tour Palccoyo 1 day Palccoyo Mountain Day Tour Itinerary: Before 5:00 am: Pickup at your hotel or Airbnb (pickup time will depend on your location). 5:00-7:00 am: Transfer by bus from Cusco to the town of Checacupe (3400 meters above sea level). 7:00-7:30 am: Breakfast near Checacupe. 7:30-10:00 am: Bus transfer from Checacupe to the community of Palcoyo. 10:00-11:00 am: 1-hour walk from the community of Palcoyo to the Palcoyo mountain (4900 m.s.n.m ). 11:00 am-1:00 pm: Free time to enjoy the colorful mountains of Palccoyo and learn about them with the guide. 1:00-1:10 pm: 10-minute walk from the Palcoyo mountain to the Forest of Colorful Stones (4900 m.s.n.m). 1:10-1:50 pm: Free time to enjoy the Forest of Colorful Stones. 1:50-2:30 pm: Return on foot to the community of Palcoyo. 2:30-3:00 pm: Semi-buffet lunch in Cusipata. 3:00-6:30 pm: Bus transfer from Cusipata to Cusco. 5:40 pm: End of the tour in Cusco, the transport leaves one block from the main square. minimum 1 day of acclimatization Note: in case of booking for the same day, check availability beforehand.

From Cusco: Day tour to Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain

2. From Cusco: Day tour to Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain

Explore Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain starting at 4:00 a.m. prior coordination; For this, our transportation will pick you up from your hotel if you are staying in the city center, if not, we will give you a meeting point. Our first stop will be in Cusipata to have breakfast and fill up with energy, the travel time here will be approximately 2 hours. After breakfast, we will continue our trip until we reach Combapata. On this route we will take a detour near the Salka River. It will take us approximately one hour to reach the starting point to walk. Once we are at the place, we will get ready to start our trek. Remember to only bring what you need. To get to Palcoyo rainbow mountain we will walk approximately 40 minutes until we reach the main viewpoint; Here we will take the opportunity to take photographs and enjoy nature surrounded by beautiful landscapes, such as the majestic Ausangate Mountains. At the end of the mountain tour, we will return to our transportation and it will take us to Cusipata, where we will have lunch and rest. After a reasonable amount of time, we return to Cusco to drop you off at the city center.

From Cusco: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Guided Tour

3. From Cusco: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Guided Tour

Want to visit Rainbow Mountain, but high altitude hiking is not your thing? We have you covered. The 1 Day Trek to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain or Palccoyo Cusco is an easier option to visit the colored mountains, in contrast to the arduous Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Trek. Popularly known as the alternative Rainbow Mountain trip from Cusco, Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour begins at 0400 AM from Cusco. We will be driving you closer to the summit, so you will be reaching with a short and easy 45 minutes hike. The hike takes you through stunning landscapes like the imposing Ausangate Mountain, the tallest and most sacred mountain in Andean mythology. You will also be hiking near the much-photographed, Stone Forest or Bosque de Piedras. Those are natural rock formations towering up in the sky. It gives an illusion of a forest. Rainbow Mountain Peru or Montaña de Siete colores as known to locals, is the second most visited attraction in the Cusco region, after Machu Picchu. Over 1500 travelers visit the mountain daily. Most travelers choose to embark on an hour and a half hike to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. The 1 Day Trek to Palccoyo Cusco offers similar views as Vinicunca. Also, the hike to Palccoyo Cusco is much easier and shorter. The highest point of Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Peru is at 4900 meters above sea level (16076 feet). It is highly recommended that you spend at least 3 to 4 days in Cusco and acclimatize to avoid altitude sickness.

Private ATV tour to colorful mountain

4. Private ATV tour to colorful mountain

Our adventure begins with the pick up from your respective Hotel, approx. 4:30 a.m. (Historic Center of Cusco). We will start a trip to the south in tourist transport for a time of 3 hours to the base of the ATVs. We will make a 30 minutes stop for breakfast. Once we have visited the colorful mountain, we start the descent for 25 minutes to the place where we leave the ATVs and then head to the base. We will stop for 30 minutes for lunch. After lunch, we will return to Cusco arriving at approximately 6:00 pm.

From Cusco: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Trek Tour

5. From Cusco: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Trek Tour

Very early in the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel located in the city of Cusco to take a journey of 3 hours and a half until reach the southeast of the Cusco Valley. You will enjoy a complete breakfast during the way with natural fruits, bread, cereal, eggs coffee or tea. Then, we will start the trekking following a beautiful stream. On the way, you will see wonderful fauna such as alpacas, llamas, chinchillas and vicunas. After hiking for 1 hour and a half, we will get our final destination with impressive colorful mountain views. Enjoy this amazing jewel of the nature with breathtaking landscapes in this fantastic place with more than nine thousand hectares. The Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain altitude is 5,020 m - 16,466 ft., and is located near the Ausangate Mountain, in the Andes Mountains. Your will have plenty of time to take pictures and explore this amazing place. After the visit, we will start a 2-hour hike going downhill until get the transportation to go back to the city of Cusco. On the way, we will make a stop to enjoy a traditional Peruvian lunch in a local restaurant, in the small town of Cusipata. The Alpaca and the Trout are widely used in the Andean cuisine, as well as potatoes, quinoa, rice and vegetables. The Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain is a fantastic gift from the nature, and it was discovery recently by the global warming. The place consists of three beautiful mountains with colored stripes, and is located in the district of Checacupe, south of Cusco. At the end of this amazing full day tour, we are going to drop you off at your hotel.

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain 1-Day + Breakfast and Lunch

6. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain 1-Day + Breakfast and Lunch

Pick up at the hotel in Cusco. (04:00am). Trip from Cusco to Chillihuani. (03 hours of travel). Breakfast in the town of Tintinco. Walk to the Mountain of Colors (02 and a half hours approx.) Lunch in the town of Tintinco. Return to the city of Cusco (5:00 p.m. approx.).

From Cusco: Private tour to the Palccoyo mountain

7. From Cusco: Private tour to the Palccoyo mountain

The tour starts with the pick up from your hotel at 5:00 a.m., and then head south from the city of Cusco for 3:00 hours until to reach the Community of Palcoyo. We will head south of Cusco, to the town of Cusipata where we will have our first stop for take breakfast. Before reaching the town of Palcoyo, we will make a stop to enjoy the photos of the attraction of bridge colonial and the Inca Bridge. Arriving at the community of Palccoyo location at 4100m. s. n. m, we will have free time from 1 hrs to enjoy the place and the guided tour included. We'll go back to the parking lot to return to Cusipata where we will have lunch and then to the city of Cusco (hour approximately arrival 18:30 hrs)

Palcoyo colored mountain hike + stone forests

8. Palcoyo colored mountain hike + stone forests

Palcoyo Mountain is a set of 3 colorful mountains that are located in the Andes mountain range, is located at an altitude of 4900 meters. The hike to reach this attraction is easier compared to its twin sister Vinicunca also in this circuit you can enjoy the piedras forest where you can see an incredible mountain scenery. -The excursion starts with the pick up from the hotel (near or inside the Historic Center) between 4:00 - 5:00 a.m. -We will travel towards Cusipata where we will make a stop for breakfast, continue to a parking lot where the mobility is left and start the hike. -The hike is 2 hours at a moderate pace and with breaks, upon arrival we will enjoy a brief guide and also have time to explore part of the area, we can visit the forest of stones. -After the guided tour, we will return to the vehicle returning to Cusipata where we will enjoy lunch. -Return to the city of Cusco, you will be dropped off near the Plaza de Armas. -Arrival time 6:00 p.m. approximately.

From Cusco: Palccoyo Alternative Rainbow Mountain Day Trek

9. From Cusco: Palccoyo Alternative Rainbow Mountain Day Trek

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.

From Cusco: Full day Palccoyo Mountain tour

10. From Cusco: Full day Palccoyo Mountain tour

On the tour of the colorful mountain, Palccoyo, you will enjoy an incredible tour of the natural attractions during a short walk that does not require much physical condition until you reach a height of more than 4900 meters above sea level. During your walk you will appreciate the colorful river, you will explore the stone forest including the animals that live there, herds of alpacas. From the top of the summit you can appreciate the Ausangate mountain range that can be seen in the distance and see our greatest attraction, the three colorful "Palcoyo" mountains where you will have a splendid 360° view of the colorful snow-capped mountains and the Andean sky, This tour does not require long strenuous walks, it is the perfect option for those who want to walk little and visit a place that is not very busy with tourists. You will be picked up from the hotel in Cusco at 04:00 hrs, then you will go to the southern valley of Cusco in the tourist transport along with the guide and the entire excursion group. The trip lasts approximately 3 hours until you reach the town of Cusipata where a pleasant breakfast will await you. Then you will continue the trip until you reach the town of Pitumarca, where you will begin a light 45-minute walk, along the way we will be able to visualize the scenic beauty it houses, admire the snow-capped Ausangate, the stone forest and do not go unnoticed in the red valley. Also the flora and fauna of the place with herds of Alpacas and llamas that you will find along the way. After a short walk you will arrive at Palcoyo where the guide will give you a corresponding explanation of the place and you will have time to contemplate the beautiful landscape of the three mountains and delight in the majesty of the natural colors. You will have time to take photographs and relax. At the end of touring the place, you will return to tourist mobility to head back to the Town of Cusipata where an exquisite buffet lunch awaits you. Finally you will return in our transportation to the city of Cusco. Approximate arrival time 5:30 p.m.

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The place is truly sublime. Palccoyo, the other rainbow mountain has nothing to envy to Vinicunca! The mountain itself is perhaps a little less spectacular, but the surrounding site is one of the most beautiful creations of nature that I have ever seen in my life. The road is a little winding and "turbulent" but it is well worth it. The hike itself to reach the summit is splendid, in the colorful mountains, and not too difficult. Very enthusiastic guide. The place is truly sublime. Palccoyo, the other rainbow mountain has nothing to envy to Vinicunca! The mountain itself is perhaps a little less spectacular, but the surrounding site is one of the most beautiful creations of nature that I have ever seen in my life. The road is a bit winding and "turbulent" but it is well worth it. The hike itself to reach the summit is splendid, in the colorful mountains, and not too difficult. Very enthusiastic guide.