tour palccoyo mountain from cusco peru

✅ Tour to Palccoyo Rainbow mountain from Cusco, Peru

Visit the Palcoyo mountain + Rock Forest

The tour to Palccoyo is a new alternative route that includes a short walk over the reddish and colorful mountains of Palccoyo, beautiful rock formations with colorful stripes, and beautiful views of the glaciers of the Ausangate mountain.

We will depart from Cusco city to Cusipata by vehicle, we will have breakfast in Cusipata and then continue driving to the community of Palcoyo where we will begin to walk briefly until we reach the colorful mountains of Palccoyo and the Stone Forest. Afterward, we will return to Cusipata to have lunch, and finally, we get back to Cusco city, it is a full day tour.

☝️Differences between the tour to the mountain of colors Palcoyo versus Vinicunca?

  • Palcoyo Rainbow Mountains require a lesser amount of walking. you will walk a total of 1 hour 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 colorful formations in the form of Rainbows or 7 colors, 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 the rocky formations
  • Learn more about the differences between Vinicunca and Palccoyo here.

☝️Do we visit the Red River on this tour?

  • This River is located in the southern part of Cusco city, about 2 hours by bus near Checacupe city; this is a natural event that can be seen sometimes during the rainy season (January to March), the river turns into red color 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 color 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 color, 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 4:30 am approx
    • Private Tour: Every day on request, we recommend starting at 5 am
  • Language
    • Group Tour: Spanish and English simultaneously
    • One language only (Spanish, English), you choose the language, if you prefer another language, let us know!
  • Duration
    • About 12 hours
  • Tour Type
    • Group tour or 100% private tour, you choose your cup of tea
    • If you have kids, we recommend a private tour
  • Accessibility
    • This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility
  • Tour Ending Place
    • Group Tour: Near the Plaza de Armas
    • Private Tour: At your hotel
  • How to make reservations?
    • Please contact us via this page by filling out the form, then we will send you the tour details, the total price to pay, and the payment methods
    • If you are browsing with a cell phone, click on the book now button which is located on the top menu, or scroll down to the bottom of this page and fill out the form
  • What to bring?
    • Scarf, sweaters, jackets, and gloves
    • Non-slip walking shoes
    • Walking stick (optional)
    • Rain poncho
    • Sun hat or cap
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Toilet paper
    • Local currency
  • Included
    • Group Tour:
      • Pick up from your hotel as long as you stay in the historic center
      • Breakfast and lunch buffet — basic and limited options
      • 100% authorized tour guides
      • Professional bilingual guided tour (Spanish and English simultaneously)
      • Tourist bus with air-conditioning
      • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
      • Entrance tickets for the Palccoyo
    • Private Tour:
      • Pick up with vehicle and tour guide from your hotel
      • Breakfast and lunch (buffet) — basic and limited options
      • Private tour guide in English or Spanish, you choose the language!
      • Private driver
      • Private vehicle
      • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
      • Entrance tickets for the Palccoyo
      • Drop off at your hotel
  • Not Included
    • Rain ponchos
    • Horses (there are no horses to rent for this tour because the walk is super short)
    • Walking stick (optional)
    • Tips for the team (optional)
    • Dinner
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  • Group Tour:
    • 40 USD per person
  • Private Tour:
    • 100 USD per person based on 2 people
    • 90 USD per person based on 3 people
    • 80 USD per person based on 4 people

👉Children over 3 years old and teenagers pay a regular rate unless you book a private tour

Meeting Point

    • Group Tour: At your hotel as long as your hotel is located in the historic center; otherwise join us at plazoleta regocijo
    • Private Tour: At your hotel


The route below may change because of strikes, weather issues, and festivities

  1. Group Tour of Palccoyo Alternative rainbow peak — up to 20 people
    • Pick up at your hotel at 4:30 am approx. — if applicable
    • Cusco to Cusipata by bus: 2 hours approx. — Cusipata is a small town located at 3319 m.a.s.l.
    • Breakfast in Cusipata
    • Cusipata to the indigenous community of Palccoyo by bus: 1 hour approx.
    • The indigenous community of Palccoyo is located at 4050 m.a.s.l.
    • Palccoyo indigenous community to Palccoyo mountain of colors on foot: 30 minutes of easy walk
    • Upon reaching the colorful mountain you will see:
      • Several colorful rainbow mountains located at 4100 m.a.s.l.
      • The Stone forest
    • Return to Cusipata: Lunch at 1:30 pm approx.
    • Cusipata to Cusco by bus: You will be back in Cusco at 5:30 pm approx.
    • This tour ends near the Plaza de Armas
  2. Private Tour of Palcoyo
    • We will pick you up at your hotel at the requested time
    • The itinerary is the same as the Group Tour
    • This tour ends at your hotel in Cusco
    • * In a private tour, you can adjust better the times and the places to visit


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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