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Cusco: Small-Group Alternative Rainbow Mountain Hike

Product ID: 259322
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Avoid the masses of tourists and enjoy peaceful tranquility from the top of the alternative rainbow mountain. Enjoy a 50-minute hike to the top, see plenty of friendly alpacas, and most importantly, admire uninterrupted views of the colorful landscape.
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Duration: 17 hours
Starting time 4:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Any location within Cusco city.

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  • Hike to the top of Palyccoyo Mountain in a small group of up to 8 people
  • Meet friendly alpacas that roam the mountains, and hike with one
  • Learn about the local community's lifestyle on a visit to the potato museum
  • Admire breathtaking views of 3 colorful rainbow mountains
Full description
The world-famous Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain has garnered plenty of attention over recent years. However, this small site has lost its charm due to the abundance of travelers and overcrowding. Luckily, you can still experience the true beauty of these colorful landscapes on an alternative route to Palyccoyo Mountain.

The day begins with early morning pickup at 4 AM from your accommodation in Cusco. Set out on the journey towards the hiking route, stopping by a local restaurant for a hearty breakfast to fill you up for the trip. After breakfast, visit a potato museum and learn about this intriguing social project.

Arrive at the trail's starting location at 9:30 AM and listen to a briefing to ensure you’re prepared for the 50-minute hike ahead. As you walk to the top of Palyccoyo, admire the incredibly colorful landscapes and meet friendly alpacas that roam the mountains. At the top of Palyccoyo, soak up unspoiled views of your surroundings and marvel at the beauty of nature.

You can also opt to continue the hike onto the nearby Stone Forest where another fantastic lookout awaits. After some time to enjoy the view, walk back down the mountain and head to a nearby restaurant for a well-deserved lunch before the return journey to Cusco.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Fluent English/Spanish-speaking local guide
  • Small-group tour with 2-8 people
  • Visit to the potato museum in the local community (optional)
  • Breakfast and lunch (vegetarian and vegan food options available)
  • Snacks including coca leaves, cookies, and a coca/muña tea
  • Trekking poles
  • First-aid kit and oxygen
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance to the Rainbow Mountain area (S/10)
  • Tips for your guide
  • Beverages
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Cash
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Open-toed shoes
Know before you go
• The group has a maximum of 8 people
• Bring at least 1.5l of water

From US$ 89 per person

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Product ID: 259322