tour palccoyo mountain from cusco peru

✅ Tour to Palccoyo mountain from Cusco, Peru

Visit the Palcoyo mountain range, stone forest and the three bridges

The Palccoyo Mountain Tour by MilkyWay is a new alternative route that includes a short walk to the spectacular natural wonder of the Palcoyo rainbow mountains, boasting colorful striated rock formations, views of the glacial Ausangate peak, and the visit of the 3 bridges (Inca, colonial and republican bridge – 2000 years of history) in Checacupe town.

Comenzaremos temprano en la mañana y visitaremos los tres puentes en Checacupe, luego iremos a la comunidad de Palcoyo y comenzaremos a caminar por un corto tiempo para llegar al “Mirador” ubicado a 4800 m.s.n.m, desde este lugar, tendrá una vista súper espectacular sobre las montañas coloridas de Palcoyo, luego nos dirigiremos al bosque de piedras.

We will start early in the morning and visit the three bridges in Checacupe, after that we are going to ride to the Palcoyo community, and finally walk for a short time to reach the lookout point (4800 m a.s.l.), from this spot, you will have an inspiring view over Palcoyo. If you are expecting to see more —no worries!— next, we will we will make our way to the Stone Fortress.

What are the differences between the tour of Palcoyo rainbow mountain and Vinicunca Rainbow mountain?

  • Palcoyo Rainbow Mountains require a lesser amount of walking. you will walk a total of 1hour and 20 minutes., unlike Vinicunca Rainbow, which requires 3 hours of walking time.
  • Palcoyo Rainbow Mountains are slightly level walking, unlike Vinicunca Rainbow, which is steep walking.
  • Palcoyo Mountain is located at 4800 m a.s.l. Unlike Vinicunca Mountain, located at 5200 m a.s.l.
  • Palcoyo Rainbow is very quiet, unlike Vinicunca Mountain, which is very crowded.
  • Important: In both mountains, you can see colourful formations in the form of Rainbows or 7 colours, however, this natural fact stands out more on the Vinicunca mountain, but if you do the tour to Palcoyo Mountain you will not only see colorful mountains but also a Forest of stones and 3 historic bridges in the city of Checacupe.
  • Learn more about the differences between Vinicunca and Palccoyo here.

How about the Red River?

This River is located in the southern part of Cusco city, about 2 hours by bus near Checacupe city; this is natural event can be seen sometimes during the rainy season (January to March), the river turns into red colour only when it is too rainy high up on the mountains where this river is born. The pouring rain will cause a lot of mudslides that will fall into the river, the mudslides are full of red minerals that will finally give the red colour to this river.

This means that we can never warranty you will see the river, getting to the Palccoyo mountain includes the fact of driving alongside this river so you will notice when the river turned into Red colour, what’s more, our Tour Guide and the Driver will stop for some minutes so that you can see the Red River and take awesome pictures!


If you are not good at walking, you have problems with the high altitude, or you don’t like overcrowded attractions, then book our tour to Palcoyo, you will love it!


  • Schedules
    • Group Tour: Every day at 6:30am approx
    • Private Tour: Every day on request, we recommend a 7am starting time
    • We do not operate on the 1st of January
  • Language
    • Group Tour: Bilingual (Spanish & English)
    • Private Tour: Only one language (Spanish, English), you choose the language, if you prefer another language, let us know your preference!
  • Duration
    • About 12 hours
  • Tour Type
    • Group tour or 100% Private tour, you choose your cup of tea, the tour is focused on nature, and designed exclusively for adults
    • If you have kids, we recommend you to reserve a private tour to Palcoyo
  • Transportation
    • By foot, you will walk a total of 1 hour and 20 minutes max.
    • By bus
  • Accessibility
    • This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility
  • Tour Ending Place
    • Group Tour: Next to the Plaza de Armas
    • Private Tour: We can finish anywhere in the historical centre such as the Plaza de Armas or drop you off at your hotel or Airbnb
  • How to make reservations?
    • Please contact us via this page. We will give you a quote, and once we agree, you will receive a custom offer with the price
    • If you are browsing with a cell phone, click on the Book Now button on the Menu or Scroll down
  • Please Bring
    • Warm clothes including a scarf, sweaters, jacket, and gloves
    • Non-slip walking boots
    • Rain poncho
    • Sun hat
    • You must bring sunglasses; otherwise, you may harm your beautiful eyes and we will not take responsibility for this
    • Toilet paper and hand sanitiser
    • Suncream
    • Local currency
    • Snacks, because you will have lunch by about 2:30pm
  • Included
    • Group Tour:
      • Bus pick-up from your hotel as long as your hotel is located in the city center
      • 100% authorized guides and an excellent narrative of the natural history
      • Semi-buffet lunch. Eat as much as you like!
      • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
      • Walking sticks – please ask for it our driver on the Bus, before you start walking to Palccoyo
      • Round trip air-conditioned bus
      • Entrance tickets for Palccoyo
    • Private Tour:
      • Bus and guide pick-up from your hotel, Airbnb, or anywhere in Cusco city and we cover all the inclusions mentioned on the Group Tour
  • Not Included
    • Rain poncho – please buy in Cusco city
    • Horses – optional, if you may need, let us know
    • Tips for the crew (optional)
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
  • Frequently Asked Questions?
    • I use a wheelchair; can I take this tour?
    • Will my kids love this tour?
    • Find all answers FAQs here
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  • Group Tour:
    • 40 USD per person
  • Private Tour:
    • 90 USD per person based on 2 people
    • 80 USD per person based on 3 people
    • 70 USD per person based on 4 people


If you travel alone, with your family or in a group of 3 or more people, let us know, we have big discounts.

Meeting Point

    • Group Tour: We include pick-up from your hotel (applies only if your hotel is located in the historic center); otherwise come to the Rejocijo square, let us know your preference via e-mail
    • Private Tour: We include bus and tour guide pick-up from your hotel, Airbnb, or any location in Cusco city


Consider that the itinerary below may be affected by strikes and weather issues.

  1. Group Tour: Palccoyo Alternative rainbow peak | maximum of 19 people
    • Pick-up at your hotel at 6:30am approx – if applicable
    • Cusco to Checacupe by bus, we will drive for around 2 hours – Checacupe is a small town located at 3400 m a.s.l.
    • At Checacupe we will see the three bridges (Inca, colonial and republican bridge)
    • Checacupe to Palccoyo by bus, we will ride for around 2:30 hours – Palcoyo is a small community located at 4100 m a.s.l.
    • Palcoyo to lookout point by foot, we will walk for about 30 minutes to reach the highest spot – The lookout point is located at 4800 m a.s.l.
    • At the lookout point, our Guide will explain the highlights of Palcoyo rainbow mountains; you will also have 30 minutes of free time for pictures
    • Lookout point to the stone forest by foot, we will walk for 10 minutes to explore the stone forest, which is located at 4900 m a.s.l.
    • We return from stone forest to Palcoyo on foot
    • Palcoyo to Cusipata by bus, we will ride for around an hour and a half to reach this town to have lunch, Cusipata is located at 3310 m a.s.l.
    • Cusipata to Cusco city by bus, you will be back in Cusco by about 6pm
    • We will end this tour next to the Plaza de Armas
  2. Private Tour: Palcoyo Alternative rainbow peak | 100% private
    • Pick-up at your hotel at the requested time, we recommend 7am
    • Cusco to Checacupe by bus, we will drive for around 2 hours
    • You will visit all the attractions mentioned on the group tour, it is the same or similar itinerary!
    • Cusipata to Cusco city by bus, you will be back in Cusco by about 6pm
    • We will finish this tour anywhere in the historic center like the Plaza de Armas or drop you off at your hotel or Airbnb
    • * Note: In a private tour you can have more control over your time, it will be a tailored tour for you and your friends without strangers!


You can cancel the tour up to 48 hours in advance. Otherwise, a fee of 100% of the cost of the tour will apply


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