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Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour

Cusco - Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain
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Service Level:
Premium
Activity type:
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Wildlife
  • Scenic Vistas
Physical Rating:
Trip Type:
Private Tour & Semi-Private Tour
Trip Length
Full Day
Starting from
$ 130
per person

Discover the Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain from Cusco

Explore the alternative Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain without the crowds on this full-day tour from Cusco. See the beautiful eye-catching colored mountains with minimal trekking required. Are you planning to see the Classic Rainbow Mountains but you are NOT prepared for a hard hike? No problem! This is a perfect option for you as you only hike for 45 min. to the viewpoint and see the colored mountains.

This is not the classic tour to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain where you will be standing along with hundreds of other tourists waiting to get the best photo without people on it. This is the alternative rainbow mountain tour where you will not only see “one” but three Rainbow Mountains. Besides, the hike is only 1 hour (1.5 km/0.9 miles each way) instead of the 2-hour hike on the classic one.

Enjoy this day hike to the amazing painted hills of Palcoyo Rainbow Mountains in the Peruvian Andes; an adventure that will amaze you with a combination of colorful landscapes, snow-capped mountains, llamas, and alpacas. Enjoy the natural and fascinating colors of the Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain with your private local guide.

Why you will love this tour

  • Explore the alternative Rainbow Mountains of Palccoyo without the crowds on this full-day tour from Cusco.
  • If you are not prepared for a hard hike, this is the best option to see rainbow mountains
  • Explore the famous Mountains with a Local Guide
  • Enjoy the experience in a semi-private or a private tour
  • Lesser popular than classic Rainbow Mountain, perfect to enjoy the Andes solitude away from big crowds.
  • Instagram-worthy views of the colorful Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley
  • Marvel at the stunning Andes Mountain range in the Palccoyo Mountain one day tour and see the llamas and alpacas.
  • Stroll through the fascinating Rock Forest and enjoy breathtaking views of the red valley and Ausangate mountain
  • Visit the quaint village of Checacupe to see its ancient Inca bridge.
  • We don’t follow the crowds, while we include the must-see highlights in this tour; we make every effort to avoid most of the crowds.
  • All our tour experiences are in private and semi-private so you enjoy a personal experience, go at your own pace and you will be able to talk to your guide and ask questions and be involved during the tour.

Trip Details

  • Tour Type: Private and Semiprivate (2 – 6 Participants)
  • Tour duration: Full day tour
  • Activities: Hiking, culture, and nature
  • Meeting location: Your hotel lobby in Cusco. We can also depart from Hotels in Urubamba
  • Pick up schedule: At 4:30 am from your hotel in Cusco
  • Drop off schedule: Your hotel’s front desk at 5:30 – 6 pm
  • Group Size: Depends on the service you choose, private or semi-private
  • Good For: Those with a sense of adventure and in good hiking shape
  • Physical rating: Easy to Moderate due to the altitude of the trail
  • Consideration: Please remember comfortable shoes – lots of walking around
  • Hiking time: 2 -3 hours including the Rock Forest

ITINERARY

Full Day Tour from Cusco

Pickup time from your Hotel will be @5:00 AM and we start the day adventure with a 3.5 Hours drive to the trailhead (3,800 m.a.s.l) Enjoy a stunning car ride, as you reach to Alternative Rainbow Rainbows near the town of Palccoyo.

From the trailhead, you will walk about 30 minutes to reach the viewpoint of the Tres Rainbows. Take your time and enjoy the views around you, as this is a leisurely day to enjoy the scenery.

This recently discovered colored mountains is a perfect option for those wanting avoid the massive crowds in the Classic Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain and experience High Mountain and remote beauty of the painted hills without the strenuous hiking. This is also a great option for families with children.

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are several spur trails you can hike as well to get an even better view of the beauty around you. Explore the rock forest, (another 15 minute hike) or sit and relax.

After some free time, we will start our descent to the trail-head and enjoy a deserved Lunch and then we return to Cusco.

Included

  • Private transportation from/to your hotel in Cusco
  • Bilingual Local Friend Tour Guide
  • Entrance Tickets to the private land of Rainbow Mountain
  • Box Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • First-aid kit + Oxygen tank.
  • Walking sticks

Not Included

  • Water
  • Gratuities

Prices per person

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1 People We have special rates for SOLO travelers. Get started by filling out the information below. Enquire Now
2 People $ 165.00 Enquire Now
3 People $ 155.00 Enquire Now
4 People $ 145.00 Enquire Now
5 People $ 130.00 Enquire Now
6+ People We have special rates for groups over 6ppl. Get started by filling out the information below. Enquire Now

What to Expect

Impressive views, mild to hot temperatures although kind of glacier wind at the viewpoint of the Palcoyo Mountain; mostly sunny days during the months of May, June, July, and August; Stops at scenic spots en route; Friendly English speaking tour guide; Your journey your way!

Frequently Asked Questions

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What should I pack for this day hike?
  • Daypack
  • Good hiking Shoes: hiking or Running shoes
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Hat and gloves
  • Warm clothes, warm fleece, Layers, socks gloves
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat and Sunscreen
  • Reusable plastic/metal water container, or camel bags
  • Water
  • Personal medication
  • Camera(s)

Why Travel with us

Local Knowledge & Expertise

It's great to travel with professional experts from the same destination you are going, that's how you get first-hand information. With deep in-country knowledge, We know the ins and outs of all the logistics, we will ensure you can make the most of your time away.

Personalized Experiences

Your time is precious - we know that. Your experience is our top priority. No big bus groups, No flags to follow! Traveling with a private guide and driver you’ll do what you want, when you want with the freedom to change your plans on the fly.

Friendly Local Guides

Great sights don’t make an amazing tour. Great guides do! Our guides don’t read from a script, we give them the freedom to make each tour their own, and your experience unique. We love what we do and it shows. From the moment you arrive, you'll feel the buzz and excitement that Cusco Local Friend to offer.

Exclusive Itineraries

It’s not all about the destination, it’s also about the journey. We offer only the best itineraries and tours. As local experts, we know first-hand what tours or experiences are the ones that most travelers enjoy and request. Escape the crowds! Never waste any minute, never miss any highlight!

Trip Reviews

Cusco Local Friend has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence due to the most consistent 5-star reviews in Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu for exceptional levels of service and care.

Cat Z
Cat Z
January 26, 2022.
We love Cusco Local Friend! Lovely tour of Sacred Valley! We visited Chinchero, Moray, the Maras Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo. Percy was extremely helpful and communicative, going above and beyond to make the best suggestions and be flexible with our travel situation. Our tour guide Hugo was super friendly, talkative and informative. He introduced us to a few unique and off the beaten path options like a stop to drink some homemade chicha, a casual 1-hour hike down the Maras Salt Mines that ended up in a small village near the Urubamba River, and many pit stops to see additional sites, photo ops and interesting history lessons. Our driver Edison was also very polite. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a private, detailed tour of anywhere in Cusco!
SaltySunburns
SaltySunburns
January 10, 2022.
A wonderful Sacred Valley day tour! Percy helped design a tour for us during the day including our transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. The price was very fair and we had an amazing day, including a memorable lunch at a little spot with llamas everywhere! Our guide Carlos was super knowledgeable, friendly and professional and I'd recommend Cusco Local Friend to anyone!
Scotty W
Scotty W
December 31, 2021.
Peru’s Sacred Valley Tour These guys are amazing! They were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and made sure I was always well taken care of. They were also reasonable on prices. Highly recommended!
peacher2017
peacher2017
December 6, 2021.
3rd trip with Cusco Local Friend exceeded expectations ! Last July / August I took my 3rd trip with Hugo from Cusco Local Friend. Just like my two previous trips with them, it completely exceeded all expectations. And I’m already planning a 4th trip with them this coming summer! Hugo and Cusco Local Friend are the reason we fell in love with Peru. Hugo is professional, flexible, very knowledgeable and most of all FUN! The first two trips ( 2017 and 2018) I traveled with my two very food allergic daughters (allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood and sesame). Hugo and Mario asked a lot of questions, took the allergies very seriously, and found us some great restaurants. We even ate a pachamanca lunch with Hugo’s parents on their farm. So delicious. This time, I traveled alone. I texted Hugo my list of places I wanted to visit, things I wanted to do, and how long I wanted to spend in each location. He created the perfect itinerary and made the most of my time in Peru. We hiked for three days - Rainbow Mountain ( Vinicunca ), Seven Lakes ( Siete Lagunas ), and the alternative Rainbow Mountain - Palccoyo. The hikes were so stunningly beautiful. Hugo planned the hikes perfectly. He paid attention to health and safety and carried supplemental oxygen, snacks and water for me. And, he made them fun! We also visited the Potato Park ( Parque de la Papa ) , spent the night with a host family, and visited Pisac. We were supposed to do a food tour on my last day in Cusco, my my stomach was a bit upset. So he planned some alternative things to do. He also arranged my COVID test prior to my flight home. I can’t wait for my next trip with Cusco Local Friend! Call or text them with WhatsApp at +51 984 585 909 or +51 996 550 700. Email at CuscoLocalFriend@gmail.com . Have a great trip!
Ferhat D
Ferhat D
November 2, 2021.
Perfect 👍🏻 Hugo was a great and knowledgeable person. He was so friendly and very patient with our questions. As a group, we really enjoyed our trip. I highly recommend him!! Thank you very much for the great experience, Hugo!!
shama842018
shama842018
November 2, 2021.
nice Everything went well. The tour was organised as individually as possible and all our wishes were taken into account immediately. Good guys, I recommend them.
Ahram A
Ahram A
October 26, 2021.
Thank you Hugo! I want anyone to know that you can trust Hugo from Cusco Local Friends. My wife and I spent 4 different days with Hugo hiking into Machu Picho, Rainbow Mountain, and on a beautiful, secluded hike to the Sun Gate above Ollantayambo. Hugo made everything easy with private car pick ups from the airport, and he is very knowledgable about the history of every place. I would hire Hugo again anytime when I go back to Peru. Thank you my brother! Ahram + Jennie
Andrew De Donato
Andrew De Donato
October 14, 2021.
Fantastic Tour on Short Notice Hugo was a fantastic guide to spend the day with. He met us in the morning at our hostel in Aguas Calientes and helped us get set up for the day as we picked up some last minute items like snacks, water, and insect repellant. We took the bus to Machu Picchu together and once we got to the site, he provided a really in-depth and interesting tour. He had great answers to every follow up question we had, took fantastic photos throughout the day, and was generally just a really nice and helpful person! I learned so much and will definitely use Cusco Local Friend again next time I visit. I should also add that I originally reached out to him only two days before we were slated to be in Aguas Calientes and he was easy to work with on such short notice and able to source some hard-to-find entry tickets for the time we wanted to visit.
Jessica K
Jessica K
August 17, 2021.
MAGICAL TOUR DURING OUR AMAZING HONEYMOON!! Hugo was truly our Local Friend! We had an amazing tour of Machu Picchu that made our Honeymoon even more fantastic than it already was. He gave us some very interesting and amazing details about the ruins and Incan culture. We would love to return to Peru to learn more and hop on another one of his tours. On top of everything, he even met up with us the next day to help us in Cusco get our Covid Antigen tests so we could fly home (We originally didn't know we needed them to return). Absolutely fun and professional man. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
Bean
Bean
July 15, 2021.
Best tour experience ever! The best thing I can say about our 3 days touring with Hugo is that we left having made a great friend and look very forward to seeing him again. He led us on sensational tours of Ollantaytambo, Moray, Maras, Chinchero, Pisca, Rainbow Mountains and gave us valuable advice, counsel, and information for our self guided tour of Machu Picchu. Every day seemed to exceed the grandeur and historical significance of the previous day. Each day, with Hugo's terrific guiding, we found ourselves more captivated with Peru and it's history. Hugo is incredibly well versed in the history and lore of the Cusco region and is thoughtful and engaging in sharing his knowledge. He adjusted our tours to meet our needs, interests, age and fitness levels. He was always gracious, thoughtful, kind and understanding. If we were ahead of schedule Hugo always had an additional archeological site or worthwhile additional "something" to see. Sarah and I have travelled throughout the US, Scandinavia, Europe, and Southeast Asia. This was the single greatest travel experience we've shared. And a great deal of the credit is due to Hugo's thoughtful, caring personality and his singular interest in making each of his participants have a fully developed, well organized, educational, and enjoyable experience. I can't make a stronger recommendation than to say using any other tour service in the Cusco region would diminish your experience compared to what Hugo and Cusco Local Friends would give you.

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