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RAINBOW MOUNTAIN PALCOYO DAY HIKE

We begin our day with pick-up from the hotel at 5:00 am and begin our drive towards the Rainbow Valley trailhead of Palcoyo, with an altitude of 4900 m asl (16125 ). Located south of Cusco, we drive for approximately 4hrs in private transport. Along the way, we see beautiful Andes mountains as well as lush green valleys, and hundreds of alpacas and llamas. If we are lucky we will stop for vicuñas and observe them in their natural free state. When we get to Apacheta, we will have a small breakfast with tea and will begin our hike towards to Rainbow Valley. After a 30 minute hike, we will reach the overlook and see the beautiful rainbow mountains. Here we will be able to observe the 360 panoramic views as well have the opportunity to get closer to the mountains for about an hour making our way back to the transport. We return to Cusco by 05:00 pm.

TRIP DETAILS

DEPARTURE

 daily departures with 2 or more people.

ACLIMATIZATIONS

2 day acclimatization recommended.

BEST TIME

Best from March to December.

SOLITUDE RATING

Off the beaten path..

ELEVATION

4800 m (15,748 ft)- 5000 m (19,435 ft).

CUSTOMIZABLE

yes! private, custom, add-ons all available.

TRIP ACTIVITIES & FEATURES

culture, glaciers, hiking & trekking, mountains, nature, wildlife.

TRIP TYPE

Hiking / Trekking.

SEASON

Closed February because of bad season.

DIFFICULTY

Easy.

DURATION

1 day: 05:00 am – 05:00 pm.

DISTANCE

3 km (1.864 mi).

We begin our day with pick-up from the hotel at 5:00 am and begin our drive towards the Rainbow Valley trailhead of Palcoyo, with an altitude of 4900 m asl (16125 ). Located south of Cusco, we drive for approximately 4hrs in private transport. Along the way, we see beautiful Andes mountains as well as lush green valleys, and hundreds of alpacas and llamas. If we are lucky we will stop for vicuñas and observe them in their natural free state. When we get to Apacheta, we will have a small breakfast with tea and will begin our hike towards to Rainbow Valley. After a 30 minute hike, we will reach the overlook and see the beautiful rainbow mountains. Here we will be able to observe the 360 panoramic views as well have the opportunity to get closer to the mountains for about an hour making our way back to the transport. We return to Cusco by 05:00 pm.

What’s Included?

  • English speaking guide, plus an assistant guide for a big group.
  • First aid kit, including oxygen.
  • Breakfast and Box lunch.
  • Snacks for the trek.
  • Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco.
  • Entrance fees to Rainbow Valley.
  • Pick up and drop off from the hotel.
  • Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions.

What’s Not Included?

  • Gratitudes for the staff.

PRICE USD: 2 Trekker: $120, 3 Trekkers: $95, 4 Trekkers $85, 5-6 Trekkers: $75, 7-8 Trekkers: $65 (PER PERSON)

WHAT WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:

  • 1 Liter and half of the water (per person- at least!).
  • Water-resistant trekking shoes.
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, and socks).
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho).
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, trousers, shorts, t-shirts).
  • Sunhat and sunglasses.
  • Sun cream.
  • Water bottles such as Nalgene.
  • Basic medications.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Personal items.

1.- Don’t go to the Rainbow Mountain(Palcoyo) in the afternoon in the rainy season because of lighting. Since the high concentration of mineral. There is a high chance to get striken by lighting.

2.- We dont recommend to go early to Alternative Rainbow Mountain(Palcoyo). when it is cloudy its colors will be dimmer or darker and if the day is  sunny it will be vibrant colors,

3.- You will enjoy the beauty of the área without flocks of other tourist so that sounds rather appealing to you as well.  Of course you will see Quechua-speaking herders tending to their llamas and alpacas grazing on the land.  dont hesitate, just go for this alternative tour- before it is too late.

4.- The walk grants some spectaculars views of the range. Every 100 meters another gorgeous red or Green valley or unique rock formation is to be seen. This another adavange over Classic Rainbow Mountain; you wont see one beautiful multi-color Mountain. But Many.

5.- This tour will also imcorporate a cultural stop in Checacupe where our guest can walk across a traditionally created Inca Bridge.

6.- It is ecommended for all ages and all genres, It is also a great option for those travelling with their kids.

7.- It is better to visit Machu Picchu and Cusco first, giving you time to adjust to the mountain air.

8.- On the alternative Rainbow Mountain hike, the van stops at 4900m (16.076 ft). From the parking you can already see the colorful mountains and you only have to hike up for another 150m (492feet)or so, along a nice and easy path.

9.- If you want a better view, at a slow pace you can reach the viewpoint of the Palcoyo mountain range in 45 minutes.

10.- If you see the Mountain covered with snow in rainy season, just wait! and the snow will melt. However, If you see Mountain covered with snow in dry season. The snow will melt slow beacuse it is frozen.

11.- The local community have already organized basic infrastructure to welcome visitors. They have proper toilet!.

12.- If you’re short on time and want to tick-off impressive landscapes in a hurry without committing to much hiking, then Palcoyo is a very interesting option as a day trip.

13.- The journey begins at a more “prudent” time, around 5 a.m. It is also a 3.5 hour drive and 3.5 hour return trip.

14.- We are Reliable and high standard services(certified peruvian tour operator).

15.- Safe tranportation according the highest standars.

16.- Small (up to 8) instead of a large impersonalized group to keep your experience with your guide special.