The other Rainbow Mountain-Palcoyo

Palcoyo Mountain Tour. The other Rainbow Mountain-Palcoyo is ready to be discovered by you!  Few travelers realize that there are various Rainbow Mountains located in Valle Rojo or Red Valley in the Cusco region and day trips to a new Rainbow Mountain, also called Palcoyo, have begun to take place.  With this alternative 1-Day Tour to the Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain you will evade a place overcrowded of tourist and horses.  This mini trek is perfect for travelers who want to enjoy the stunning views of the colorful mountains of this Andean region without the extra effort of partaking in a full day high altitude trek.  It is also perfect for families.  Although Palcoyo is at high altitude, the trail itself is short and relatively flat.


If you want to see the citadel of Machu Picchu and its beautiful landscape, then book your trip in advance. Since, the Peruvian government has imposed a daily limit of visits and tickets tend to sell out quickly. Make sure to buy your tickets in time!

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this Palcoyo Mountain Tour?

Are you looking for unforgettable memories for this adventure? Culturandes Travel & Adventure want you to have a hassle-free planning and an unforgettable travel experience without any stress and unexpected situations by the hand of its experts travel advisors and knowledgeable local guides providing you:

  • Reliable and high level services
  • Certified Peruvian tour operator
  • Safe transport according to the highest standards
  • Adequate equipment for the activity
  • Detailed and personalized information prior to the trip
  • 24 hour support during your trip
  • Excellent official local guides who will be the star of your trip

We are experts in private and customized tours all around Peru, ask our expert travel advisors to upgrade your experience with additional activities and extensions.

Group services versus Private services?

This is a question we all need to ask ourselves when planning a trip. The answer depends largely on the age, the particular interests of each person and, above all, the economy of each passenger. Below, we list the differences between conducting a group service versus a private service. It should be noted that, in either of the two modalities, you will receive top quality care from the entire team of professionals who will make your trip unforgettable

Group Services

  • The driver follows the stops designated by the tour
  • Groups can have between 15 and 20 people
  • Guidance is simultaneous in English and Spanish for the entire group
  • The itinerary has to be strict to fulfill the daily plan
  • Guidance is available at the same time for the entire group
  • The main advantage of group services is the affordable price

Private Services

  • The driver will make the necessary stops where you indicate
  • Of 5 or more people, the private service has a similar price to the group service.
  • You own the time you want to have at each stop
  • Guidance is in only 1 language and at the passenger’s choice (prior consultation for rare languages)
  • The guide will be available only for you and attentive to your requirements
  • The travel experience becomes much more personal and deep in knowledge

We urge you to get in touch with us so we can design your trip to Peru together, probably combining some excursions in private and some in group services. Our team of experienced voyagers knows what it means to plan a trip of a lifetime as well as the investment that implies, therefore, we want everything to go perfect.


  • Active Tour
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Nature

  • Cusco
  • Huallatakunka
  • Oropesa
  • Palcoyo
  • Quispicanchis
  • Rainbow Mountain

  • Easy

  • Full day

  • Year round


  • Amazing mountain scenery
  • Visit to local villages
  • Visit a traditional local bakery
  • Local flora and Fauna
  • Astonishing views of the snowcapped Ausangate mountain
  • Interaction with herders of Quechua-speaking Andean communities
  • Visit to the beautiful Checaupe colonial Church and bridge
  • High mountain passes



Breakfast and lunch

IMPORTANT: We strongly recommend a good acclimatization

Very early in the morning you will be picked up from your lodging toward the south valley of Cusco, a stop will be made in the famous town of Oropesa (10223f/3116m) to visit a traditional bakery where you will learn how locals prepare a very popular bread called Chuta. After this interesting stop you will continue your trip until getting the town of Checacupe (11305f/3446m) famous for its spectacular colonial church, deceivingly simple on the outside, it reveals breathtakingly beautiful decoration on the interior and, even if you are not a lover of religious history and art, a quick stop is advisable. Off the village main square you will also find an Inca/Spanish bridge.

You will then continue your trip to Palcoyo village (14599f/4450m) where you will stop for some minutes as it is a check point where you will have to show your passport, after this quick stop you will finally get the Huallatakakunka pass (14599f/4450m) the starting point of your short and gentle hike until reaching the marked viewpoints, although an effort on the inclines is needed because the altitude. On your way you will see lots of adobe style houses and experience first-hand how locals live in those remote and raw lands. Native of this region are one of the few true shepherding communities left in the world.

It is time to have your box lunch in this paradise surrounded by beautiful vistas of the three rainbow-colored mountains and panoramic views of the Red Valley.

After this unique experience you will return to your private transportation back to the city of Cusco. On your way you will stop in Pinipampa community to lear how to make local roof tiles before being dropped off at your lodging.

Maximun altitude: 16243ft/4951m
Minimun altitude: 10223ft/3116m
Walking distance: 2.4m./4 km
Approximate walking time: 3 hours round trip


Ask our experts travel advisors to complete your trip with an extension to the impressive citadel of Machu Picchu, the challenging Inca Trail, the impressive Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, the majestic Colca Canyon, the mysterious Nazca lines, the enigmatic jungle or the Kingdom of the Chachapoyas


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