Discover the wonder of the natural layered colours of Palcoyo - 1 day tour
We depart Cusco around 7am and have a quick break after about 2 hours before we turn off the highway and up a dirt road for another 1. 5hr. We pay an entry fee (included) to the local community and then park the car with a couple of coloured mountains already in view. The mountains are formed by different colours of sediment laying on their side, pushed up and twisted when the Andes were being formed. The colours can be slightly different each day depending on the weather (cloud, sun, rain, even snow occasionally!), but you will see yellow, reds, browns, greys and purplish tones. You will be left breathless by both the high altitude and the beauty of the natural landscape! There are grassed areas contrasting with red earth and sets of unique rock formations nearby, and you have time to explore with your guide. We then head back down for lunch and return to Cusco by around 5:30pm.
Includes private transport, professional guide, entry fee to the local community and lunch. We carry oxygen and a first aid kit.
Our standard itinerary is summarised below:
7am - Departure
9am - Break at Checacupe
10:30am - Arrival at the Palcoyo carpark
11:15am - Arrival at the Rainbow Mountains
1:30pm - Lunch
5:30pm - Return to Cusco
Adjustments to this can be made by mutual agreement.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 10 hours 30 min.
Tour duration can be affected by the pace of the group, traffic or weather conditions.
- Private transport in a Toyota Hilux for up to 3 people, or contact me if your group size is larger as we also have a Renaut Master and access to larger vehicles,
- You will also walk for about 1h, 30 minutes at 4600-4800 metres (15,100-15,750 feet) above sea level.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Admission Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 Peruvian Soles - Optional: if you would like to buy some additional snacks or water.
- Personal Expenses
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This tour is simply spectacular and can not be missed in your plans. I was traveling with my girlfriend and we made a mistake in our planning, so we would have to choose a place to not go or risk missing our return flight. We decided to get a private guide. Yom was just amazing. A super-competent guide that gave us a lot of cool information and took us on one of the most amazing tours of our lives and drops us directly to the airport, so we had a lot of time to get our return flight.