Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain

One of the geological wonders that Peru offers, Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain is located southeast of Cusco, a trip to the District of Combapata.

We will go up to 4891m / 16046 ft, where we will see the changes of colors in the mountains as we move towards our destination ¨Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain¨, it is a walk of low difficulty since it does not have many slopes.
Very close to the rainbow mountain, there is a forest of stones, a very nice place for photography.

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Day 1: Cusco Combapata / Rainbow Mountain

We will collect you from your hotel in Cusco and set off by private vehicle with our own driver, guide and cook, for the drive south on a paved road (102km. / 63mi.). Turning off at the attractive small town of San Pedro, we will visit the ruins of Racchi (3488m. / 11443ft.), before continuing by vehicle uphill to the trailhead (29km. / 18mi.) along a narrow dirt road, passing small settlements and herds of alpacas, accompanied by our guide who will greet local people in Quechua and tell you more about the area.

From here we will begin our 2.5km / 1.2mi uphill walk to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain, ascending from 4786m. / 15702ft. to 4891m. / 16046ft. This ascent is gradual, along a firm trail through pastureland, with spectacular views of Mount Ausangate and other snow peaks.

After having enjoyed the incredible views and taken photos, a short walk to Bosque de Piedras (a series of rock formations) awaits us.

The descent will be easier, giving us time to reflect on our experiences over the preceding hours.

Our lunch will be served ‘al fresco’ in a pleasant spot with beautiful views. After lunch, we will board our vehicle for the return trip to Cusco, arriving at around 5 or 6 pm.

Driving travel time: Cusco– Rainbow Mountain: 102km. 63mi. paved, 29km. 18mi. dirt (3.5 hours) one way. return, same time, same length.

Trek length: 2.5km/1.2mi. (uphill/one way) 45 minutes

Main altitudes: Cusco 3400m/11159ft.; Rainbow Mountain of Palccoyo 4891m. 16046ft.

Meals: lunch


Transport (in private vehicle) (Minivan) First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle Nutritious lunch Drinking water, snacks English-speaking guide

Not Included:

Meals not mentioned in the itinerary Personal items, including personal medical supplies Tips for guides and staff (optional)

Tipping of our guiding staff is acceptable, at your discretion, when you feel they have gone beyond their normal job requirements and should be compensated by you for it. Tipping is not mandatory.

What to bring on the trip?

  • A daily backpack.
  • Warm clothes (for the Andean area).
  • Rain jacket.
  • Shorts for walking (optional).
  • Hiking boots.
  • Cap and sunglasses.
  • Walking poles (optional).
  • Sun block cream.
  • Water
  • Digital camera.

Travel Details

  • Duration: Full Day
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