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Palccoyo Mountain Tour from Cusco - Peru

Alternative excursion to Rainbow Peak, Stone Forest and 3 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, a visit to Incan colonial and republican bridges in Checacupe town.

We will start early in the morning and visit the three bridges in Checacupe, and then ride to the Palcoyo community, and walk for a short time to reach the Lookout point located at 4800 m a.s.l., from this spot, you will have an inspiring view over Palcoyo. If you are not happy with that, once we finish with the colorful mountains, we will make our way to explore the Stone Fortress.

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

  • Palcoyo Rainbow Mountains require a lesser amount of walking. you will walk a total of 1hour and 20 minutes., unlike Vinincunca Rainbow, which requires 3 hours of walking time.
  • Palcoyo Rainbow Mountains are slightly level walking, unlike Vinincunca Rainbow, which is steep walking.
  • Palcoyo Mountain is located at 4800 m a.s.l. Unlike Vinincunca Mountain, located at 5200 m a.s.l.
  • Palcoyo Rainbow is very quiet, unlike Vinincunca Mountain, which is very crowded.
  • Important, in both mountains you can see colorful formations in the form of Rainbows or 7 colors, however this natural fact stands out more on the Vinincunca 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.

How about The Red River? Are you wondering about the Red River in Cusco? Well, let´s go straight to the point!

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 Only during the rainy season – January to March; The river turns into Red Colour 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 is more, our tour guide and the driver will stop for some minutes so you see the Red River and the awesome pictures!

In Conclusion, if you are not good at walking, you have problems with the high altitude, or you don´t like overcrowded attractions, Book our Tour to Palcoyo, you will love it!

Schedule & Details

  • Tour 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
  • How to recognize our Official Tour Guides?
    • Once you book with us, you will be given all of the details
  • 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 min 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 center 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 sanitizer
    • Suncream
    • Local currency
    • Snacks, because you will have lunch by about 2:30pm
  • Interior Visit
    • Does not apply
  • 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 in 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
      • 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 in the Bus, before you start walking to Palccoyo
      • 100% round trip air-conditioned private bus
      • Entrance tickets for Palcoyo
  • Not Included
    • Rain poncho – can be bought anywhere in the city or along the trail
    • Horses – optional, if you may need, let us know
    • Tips for the crew
    • 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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Price

  • Group Tour:
    • 30 USD per person
  • Private Tour:
    • 135 USD per person based on 2 people
    • 120 USD per person based on 3 people
    • 100 USD per person based on 4 people

Important for Kids:

    • Children under 4 years old go on the tour for free
    • If you have children between 5 years old and 10 years old, they must pay for the price of the tour to ensure that they have a seat on the bus
    • We have different prices for children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old
    • Kids older than 11 and teenagers pay the regular rate

Discounts:

    • If you travel alone, with your family or in a group of 3 or more people, let us know, we have great 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
If you wish we can meet in Regocijo square

Itinerary

Consider that the itinerary below may be affected by strikes and weather issues; for example, the snow might cover the Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain; If so, we will not take responsibility for the tour quality since those are external factors. We understand that this is not a pleasant text to tell potential tour-goers, but we pride ourselves on the honesty of our company, and it is best for you to be forwarned.

  1. Group Tour: Palccoyo Alternative rainbow peak | maximun 19 people
    • Pick-up at your hotel at 6:30am approx – if applicable or requested
    • 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 drive 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 40 min to reach the highest spot – The Lookout point is located at 4800 m a.s.l.
    • At Lookout Point, our guide will explain the highlights of Palcoyo rainbow mountains; You will also have 30 min free time for pictures
    • Lookout Point to Stone Forest by foot, we will walk for 10 min to explore the stone forest which is located at 4900 m a.s.l.
    • We return from Stone Fortress 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 | The Route below is operated 100% privately, no big crowds, you can have more control over your time; It is 100% recommended for a group of friends, coworkers and families with kids
    • Pick-up at your hotel at the requested time, we recommend 7am
    • 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 drive 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 40 min to reach the highest spot – The Lookout point is located at 4800 m a.s.l.
    • At Lookout Point, our guide will explain the highlights of Palcoyo rainbow mountains; You will also have 30 min free time for pictures
    • Lookout Point to Stone Forest by foot, we will walk for 10 min to explore the stone forest which is located at 4900 m a.s.l.
    • We return from Stone Fortress 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 finish this tour anywhere in the historic center like the Plaza de Armas or drop you off at your hotel or Airbnb

Cancellations

You can cancel the tour up to 48 hours in advance. Otherwise, a fee of 50% of the cost of the tour will apply

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