Palccoyo 1 day tour from cusco (alternative Rainbow Mountain), only in private tour, almost no tourist![Sassy_Social_Share style="background-color:transparent;"]
A wonderful walk to the “New Rainbow Mountain” through the area of the so called “Cordillera Arco Iris” (Rainbow Mountain Range). You want to see the stunning colors from the rainbow mountain, but the long hike up Vinicunca scares you? There is a little-known but great alternative. If the hike up Vinicunca is challenging as it is going up a lot, is long, and the altitude can cause problems to some people, the way from Palccoyo is easier, shorter and mostly flat. Moreover. you will also most likely be alone with your group or with a few other groups. Your pictures will then be better, and you will also see three rainbow mountains instead of just one with the classic tour to Vinicunca. This tour is a must-do in the area. Our tour will start with an early pick-up from your accommodation in Cusco between 6:00 and 6:20 am. We will drive for 3 hours passing through many colorful colonial towns before reaching Pitumarca district where we will have breakfast.
After breakfast, we will drive along the Salcca Valley. On the way, you will enjoy a nice view over the mountains as we follow a small river to get to the starting point of the hike (4850m/15912ft). The view at the snow-capped Ausangate mountain is breath-taking. Once we are on the top of our view point, we will have the Vilcanote Mountain range in front of us.
We will then start our hike and walk for 45 minutes to 1 hour (1km) to our viewpoint (5,000m/16,404ft.). From there, we will have the most unique views of Ausangate (highest snow-capped mountain of Cusco 6375m/20915ft) and of the three rainbow mountains. As this is an alternative route to the well-known Vinicunca, you will be able to enjoy the views without crowds of tourists, to take magnificent photos and to remember forever the stunning views. After taking our pictures and appreciating the view, we will make our way back to our bus, have lunch and head back to Cusco. You will be dropped off in the center around 6:30 pm.