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Have it all with our Palccoyo Mountain one day tour! It’s the perfect alternative hike that lets you marvel at the stunning Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain while avoiding the crowds.

The Rainbow Mountains are composed of stratified layers of sandstone. These fine-grained rock layers contain large amounts of iron and other minerals, which give the mountains the pigments for the various colored stripes.

Marvel at the colourful striations of the “other” Rainbow Mountain, Palccoyo. Stroll through the fascinating Rock Forest and enjoy breathtaking views of the Red Valley and Ausangate mountains. On the way, stop at the quaint village of Checacupe to see Colonial and Inca bridges.

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Adventure Rating


Easy to moderate, high altitude

Solitude Rating


Remote, off the beaten track, can be busy in high season

Best Time to Visit

Year round. Best from March to November

Cost Per Person (USD)

6-10 trekkers: $110
3-5 trekkers: $145
2 trekkers: $200

Is This Trek Customizable?

Yes! Private, custom, add-ons all available.


Off the beaten path

Rainbow Mountains


Views of Ausangate Mountain

Colonial bridge


Snow-capped peaks
Rocky terrain
Paved roads
Dirt paths


2-3 day acclimatization recommended


Day Hike


5 km (3.1 miles)


3300 m (10,827 ft) to 5000 m (16,400 ft)


Daily departures with 2 or more people



The Three Rainbow (Palcoyo) Day Hike is very high altitude, therefore the weather can be quite cold, windy, and unpredictable. As you’ll arrive quite early in the morning it will be chilly then. During the day it can get quite warm if the sun is out; anywhere from 60-75F/15-24C. Keep in mind, if the weather is rainy, snowy, or cloudy it will be colder, and that the weather can change in an instant, particularly when up at the high-altitude passes. It is often quite windy at the top of the pass as well. As with any high-altitude hike you’ll need to bring plenty of layers to adjust to the fluctuating temperatures and conditions as well as appropriate sun/rain protection.


  • Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions

  • Collection from your Cusco hotel in the morning

  • Private transport throughout the tour

  • English speaking professional guide

  • Small box breakfast, bottle of water, snacks, and box lunch at the bridge

  • Dietary needs: able to cater to any dietary preference/need

  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank

  • Entrance to the Ausangate/Rainbow trail and colonial bridge

  • Private transport back to your hotel in Cusco

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