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!