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Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain tour

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Up to 20 people GROUP SIZE
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4,900 m / 16,076 ft MAX. ALTITUDE
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Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain tour: Join our best alternative experience, a 100% alternative route compared to the classic Vinicunca peak. This experience contains an unmissable natural beauty, what´s more, you will not only see one rainbow mountain but many of them, you will also explore the Forest of Colourful Stones and perhaps the Red River; so even if the day was rainy, this tour offers you a win-win option, the good experience is guaranteed.

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Meeting Place — at about 04:30

We will pick you up by bus from your Hotel — as long as you stay in the historic center, otherwise we will coordinate another meeting place according to your convenience.

Cusco to Checacupe by bus

We will go by bus to Checacupe town, the bus ride will take approximately 2 hours — Checacupe is a district located at 3400 m.s.n.m.

Checacupe to Palcoyo community by bus

We will continue driving for about 2.5 hours, until we arrive at the indigenous community of Palcoyo.

Palccoyo community to Palcoyo Mountain on foot

We will walk for approximately 40 minutes until we reach the Palccoyo mountains.

On the mountain of Palcoyo

Unlike the classic mountain of Vinicunca, in Palccoyo you will see many colored mountains that will be described by our guide — Palccoyo Mountain is located at 4,800 m.a.s.l.

Heading to the Forest of Colorful Stones

After having visited Palcoyo, we will walk for about 10 minutes, until we reach the Forest of Colorful Stones located at 4900 m.a.s.l.

Return to Cusipata

We will return from the Stone Forest to the community of Palcoyo on foot, then we will take the bus to the district of Cusipata.

Lunch in Cusipata — at about 13:00

We will have local semi-buffet lunch.

Cusipata to Cusco by bus

Tour Ending Place — at about 17:30

We finish this tour two blocks away from the Plaza de Armas — this tour doesn’t end at your hotel.


The prices shown in the table are:

  • Per person in US dollars ($).
  • Pple. = people.
  • Group = group service, shared.
Pple.Type of tour
If your group is larger than 5 people, just let us know!


DetailsType of tour
Schedule04:30 to 17:30You decide
DaysEvery dayEvery day
Languagees/en simultaneouslyen or es
Size15 to 20 pax.You and your friends
IncludedType of tour
Pick up from your hotel
Tourist vehicle
Buffet breakfast and lunch
First aid kit
Oxygen tank
Walking stick (on request)
Personalized service
Ticket for Palccoyo: 15 soles pp
Tickets for the Inca Bridge (optional): 10 soles pp
Drop off at your hotel


  • People with reduced mobility.
  • People without acclimatization to altitude.
  • People without good physical condition.
  • People with any respiratory or heart problems.
  • Babies under 3 years old.

What do I bring?

  • Sweaters or jackets.
  • Anti-slip shoes.
  • Raincoats.
  • Caps or hats.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • A bottle of water.
  • Drones (optional): Pay directly to the community 50 soles approx.
  • Local currency for your entrance tickets.



Pick-ups and timings

Group tours:

  • All pick-ups and tour ending times are approximate.
  • Pick-ups apply only for hotels located in the historic center.
  • Your pick-up time will depend on your hotel location.
  • If you are out of the historic center, we’ll arrange a meeting point.
  • If it’s hard for the vehicle to make it to your hotel, we’ll arrange a meeting point.
  • We don’t do pick-ups if there are festivals, strikes and car trafic.
  • We’ll arrange all pick-ups and meeting points one day prior your tour.

Private tours:

  • Pick-ups are sharp on time.
  • Pick-ups apply for all Cusco city.
  • We’ll arrange all pick-ups one day prior your tour.
  • The tour ending time is still aprox; but, we’ll do our best to finish the tour as scheduled.


  • Breakfast and lunch are simple and delicious.
  • There are not many restaurants.
  • There are vegetarian options.


You should be acclimatized with at least two days of stay at altitude.

Vehicle type and seats


  • Authorized by the Ministry of Transportation of Peru.
  • Clean and modern ones.
  • Sedan looking auto, 4×4, H1, Van, Renault and Mercedez Benz (it will depend on the group size).

Seats – group tours:

  • You reserve a seat in the bus, not a specific number of seat.
  • If you get picked-up first, then you can choose some seats (your pick-up time will depend on your hotel location).
  • Couples seat together to 95%; however, we can’t warranty this will happen to 100%.


  • Paved track.
  • The last part of the road is compacted dirt.
  • The road is bumpy sometimes.
  • Dust sometimes enters vehicles.


Authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism. This tour is focused on trekking, not history.

Group tours:

  • He goes as a companion to show the way.
  • Intermediate English.
  • There is not much explanation during the tour.

Private tours:

  • He will always be at your disposal.
  • Intermediate-advanced English.
  • There is plenty of explanation during the tour.


  • The driver sometimes drives fast due to distance and time constraints.
  • If you book a private tour, the driver will drive at a normal speed.
  • The driver sometimes listens to music to stay awake.

Entrance ticket discounts

Kids, minors, students and Peruvians may have discounts but an official ID is required to show:

  • Kids and minors: Bring their official passaports to prove their age.
  • Students: Bring your offficial passport and goverment issued ID.
  • Peruvians: Bring your oficial ID.

Operability and itinerary

This tour is subject to variation without any prior notice, due to weather conditions, strikes and any other event that doesn’t allow the normal tour operation. See also our terms.


Cancellation of the tour is free as long as you do so at least 48 hours in advance, otherwise we will charge 100% of the tour price. See also our terms.


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