Palcoyo Mountain Hike Full Day

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Palcoyo Mountain:

A stunning alternative hike to the popular “Rainbow Mountain”. Tres Rainbows or Palccoyo offers a more leisurely option. It is hte best option for those who don’t want to hike 6 hours round trip. It can be reached with just 30 minutes of walking.
The rainbow mountain Palccoyo has been discovered when Vinicunca was famous already, but few people cared about finding out more about “another” rainbow mountain.


Daily tours: Everyday



Palccoyo Mountain Tour Itinerary:

4:30am – 6:30am: Pick up – Transfer to Colca- Breakfast
Our guide will pick you up early in the morning (4:30 am) at the hotel and then head south of Cusco. Once you arrive at the Colca community, you will enjoy a hearty breakfast for 30 minutes. If you need to do some last minute shopping for snacks, water or sunscreen, you will be able to take advantage of this window to do so.
7:00am – 9:00am: Transportation to Checacupe – Visit to the 3 Bridges – Transportation to Palccoyo
Once everyone is ready, you will embark on a trip to the base camp of Palccoyo. On this trip, you will visit the 3 bridges of Checacupe (Inca, Colonial and Republican bridges) and the Colonial village including its church to learn about the experiences of its inhabitants as well as the local lifestyle and culture. From Checacupe to Polccoyo we will be able to observe unforgettable landscapes such as mountains, colorful valleys full of llamas and alpacas.
09:00am – 11:30am: Arrival at Palccoyo base camp – Hike to Palccoyo – Visit to the Stone Forest (Optional)
When you arrive at the base camp of Palccoyo, you will have a few minutes to listen to the explanation of the guides before starting the hike. Each section lasts 45 minutes, during which you can enjoy the scenery and panoramic viewpoints until you reach the 3 Colored Mountains of Palccoyo. From here, you will be able to observe Ausangate, the highest mountain in Cusco, and then take a break for snacks. Afterwards, you will have enough free time to explore the place on your own and take the best pictures. Then we will continue our hike to the Stone Forest of Palccoyo where we will reach 5000 meters above sea level at the highest point.
11:30am – 16:30: Return to transportation – Lunch – Return to Cusco.
Once you have visited the Rainbow Mountain of Palccoyo and the Stone Forest, the group will descend for 30 minutes to the parking lot to return to Colca’s Restaurant, where a delicious lunch will be served. Once concluded, we begin the return to Cusco for 2 hours, arriving at the Plaza Regocijo where the tour ends around 17:00.


Pick up from hotel (Historical center of the city)
Return to Regocijo Square (Historic City Center)
Professional guide in English and Spanish
Entrance ticket
Breakfast and Lunch buffet (Vegetarian and vegan options available)
Trekking poles
First aid kit


Tips for the guide and driver (contribution is voluntary)
Meals not mentioned in the description

What to Bring?

PASSPORT – very important!
Students: ISIC card!
Hat to protect against sun or rain.
Sun glasses.
Sunscreen cream.
Waterproof jacket or rain poncho.
Bottle of water.
Extra Money (Soles)

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