Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Trek – Palccoyo Cusco

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Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Trek – Palccoyo Cusco

Our full day trip to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain with a local expert is the best alternative to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain trek. Often referred to as the alternative Rainbow Mountain, the trip to this mountain of the seven colors is an easier option. 

Rainbow Mountain is the second most visited attraction after Machu Picchu. This is one of our signature tours, we have designed the itinerary to offer you the best and the most in a full day.

Both Palccoyo and Vinicunca are part of the Ausangate Mountain Range. The colors of Palccoyo are a result of mineral deposits. Until 2016 the mountain was covered in snow. As the snow started melting, the colours appeared. 

It soon got all the deserving attention and became an unmissable attraction in Cusco. 

About the Trek

Unlike the trek to Vinicunca, it is easier to visit the mountains of Palccoyo. This is primarily because we will be driving you closer to the summit. It barely takes 45 minutes to reach to the top with a gradual and easy climb. 

The highest point of Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain is at 5000 metres above sea level and the hike begins at 4900 metres. The hike up is relatively easier. It offers you a closer look at the Apu Ausangate. The sacred Andean peak. 

The trek takes you through stone forest. This is a peculiar sight where distinctly shaped natural rock formations tower to the sky. You will also be rewarded with a sight of Andean camelids – Alpacas and Llamas on your way up. 

To offer you the most of your Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain experience, we will also be introducing you to the life of the local community who have been living on the foothills of the renowned Cusco mountain, for generations and are untouched by modernity. 

This is a high altitude experience, we highly recommend you to spend at least three days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.

Palccoyo Rainbow Mountains are a part of the Peruvian Andes. It is subjected to two seasons – dry season and rainy season. The best time to visit the Rainbow Mountains of Cusco is during the dry season – between April and November. 

We offer Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain tour both in small group and as a private tour. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0700 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional English speaking Tour Leader.
  • Pick-up from and drop off at your hotel
  • 1 Buffet Lunch
  • Hot drinks and snacks
  • Rainbow Mountain Entrance fee

Price Excludes

  • Horse for the trip (Optional)
  • Dinner
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Daypack, warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, rain jacket, gloves)
  • Walking boots and Walking Sticks
  • Sun glasses and Sun hat or cap
  • Extra money, minimum 200.00 soles (USD $60.00)
Useful Info
  • Level of difficulty: Moderately difficult
  • Consideration: Entrance fee required
  • Highest Altitude: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain 5,000m / 16,404ft
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: 3 km / 1.8 miles
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 45 minutes approx.
  • Highlights: Rainbow Mountain, Andean life and Checacupe
Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Trek – Palccoyo Cusco

Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.