Palccoyo Colored Mountain Full Day Tour

Cusco,Cusipata,Montaña Vinincunca

  • Time Full day
  • Tour Type Hike
  • Altitude 5200 m.a.s.l
  • Place Cusco
  • Difficulty Moderate
+51 979 711 874

Trip Description

Did you know that there is something even better than a rainbow mountain? The three colorful mountains of Palccoyo. This alternative route is perfect for those who want to enjoy spectacular scenery without having to fight for a photo. Join this one-day experience and let your smile blend with the colors of Palccoyo in a hike that will make you feel unique in the world. During the guided tour, you will visit Checacupe, known for its three historical bridges: Inca, colonial and republican. In just an hour and a half, you will be able to contemplate the famous colorful mountains of Palccoyo. Afterwards, you will ascend at your own pace to 4,900 meters to marvel at the sacred snow-capped Ausangate, considered the highest peak in Cusco. In addition, you will experience the tranquil serenity of the Vilcanota mountain range as you enter the beautiful stone forest. Don’t miss this opportunity to escape and enjoy a trip full of history, culture and nature.

Short itinerary

  • 5:00 AM We will pick you up at your hotel with a private van and take you to the trailhead.
  • 7:00 AM you will have breakfast in our restaurant at the trailhead.
  • The hike takes about 1.5 hours on an ascending trail in a desert valley, with panoramic views of the glaciers.
  • The return hike, descending to the parking lot where our vehicle is located, lasts approximately one hour.
  • 12:30 PM at our restaurant, we offer a buffet lunch.
  • After lunch, we return to Cusco in our van.
  • Around 4 pm, the tour will come to an end in Cusco, and we will take you back to your hotel.

Complete itinerary

The tour begins with pick-up at your hotel at 5 am, as agreed, to head south of Cusco. The drive to the restaurant to enjoy a country breakfast will take about an hour and a half. Afterwards, we will continue to the Combapata Valley and take the road that will lead us to the Palccoyo Mountain Range in a two-hour drive. We will make a stop at the colonial bridge of Checacupe. The hike will start at the end of the road or bus station, until we reach the colorful mountains. It will be a moderate hike of about 50 minutes at an altitude of 4600 meters, where we will be able to appreciate different mountain ranges and the stone forest (optionally, it is possible to climb). Then, we will return to our transportation for a two-hour drive to the restaurant, where we will enjoy a buffet lunch. Finally, we will return to Cusco around 6 p.m.

  • Duration: Full day
  • Frequency: Every day, pre-reserved
  •  Group: Maximum 18 people
  •  What’s Included: Tourist transport bus, Official guide, Breakfast, Lunch, Drop-off (ends in the city center).

What's included

What’s Included:

  • We offer a briefing talk one day before the tour at our RAP TRAVEL office, but if you don’t have time, you can contact us via
  • WhatsApp for additional inquiries.
  • Hotel pick up.
  • Private Tourist Transportation to and from the hotel (Minibuses of 15 or 20 passengers).
  • 01 breakfast and 01 lunch buffet (vegetarian and vegan options at no additional cost).
  • Entrance Tickets (for Cordillera).
  • Professional Bilingual Guide.
  • First aid kit (with Oxygen Balloon).
  • Wooden walking sticks.

Not Included:

  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Horses


Recommendations – What you need:

  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho.
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • Comfortable pants
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Reusable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
  • Personal medications
  • Camera



Palccoyo Colored Mountain Full Day Tour


Minimum 02 people

Private tour summary

  • Pick up at the hotel
  • Transfer to Cusipata for breakfast
  • Drive to Palccoyo
  • Start of the trek
  • Visit to Vinincunca Mountain
  • Visit to the red valley
  • Lunch in Cusipata
  • Return to Cusco

What is included: 

  • We offer an informative talk one day before the tour in our office , but if you do not have time, you can contact us through
  • WhatsApp for additional consultations.
  • Pick up at the hotel.
  • Private Tourist Transportation to and from the hotel (Minibuses of 15 or 20 passengers).
  • 01 breakfast and 01 lunch buffet (vegetarian and vegan options at no additional cost).
  • Entrance Tickets (for Cordillera).
  • Professional Bilingual Guide.
  • First aid kit (with Oxygen Balloon).
  • Wooden walking sticks.


Frequently Asked Questions from travelers

What is the mountain of 7 colors?

The 7-color mountain, also known as Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountain, is a geological phenomenon located in Peru. It stands out for its striking palette of colors ranging from red, green and yellow tones, to purple and blue hues.

What is the best season to visit the 7-color mountain?

The optimal season to visit the 7-color mountain is during the dry season in Peru, which runs from May through September. During this period, the weather is more predictable and there is less chance of rainfall, which will give you a better experience appreciating the landscapes

Is it difficult to hike to the 7-color mountain?

The hike to the 7 colors mountain can present difficulties, due to its steep slope and high altitude. It is advisable to be in good physical condition and properly adapted to the climate of Cusco before undertaking the trek. However, alternatives such as horse or mule rental are available for those who prefer not to walk.

Is a special permit required to visit the 7-color mountain?

Yes, it is necessary to obtain an entrance ticket to access the 7-color mountain. These tickets are usually purchased through tourist agencies in Cusco, and usually include transportation and guide. It is important to obtain your ticket in advance, as there is a daily limit of visitors established.

How long can I stay in the 7-color mountain?

The length of time you can stay at 7 Colors Mountain depends on the tour you choose. Generally, the tours allow you to enjoy approximately 1 to 2 hours at the top of the mountain to admire the scenery and take pictures. Then, the descent back to the base begins.

Can I go without a tour to the 7-color mountain?

You can visit the 7 color mountain without a tour, but you need an entrance ticket. Tour operators in Cusco offer tickets, transportation and guide. If you go on your own, research requirements, availability and arrange your own transportation. The hike can be challenging, good physical condition and experience in high altitude trekking is recommended.

Can I suffer from altitude sickness when climbing the 7-color mountain, how to prevent it?

It is possible to suffer from altitude sickness when climbing the 7-color mountain. To prevent it, it is recommended to acclimatize in Cusco before the hike, drink enough water, avoid intense physical exertion, eat light food and rest as necessary.

What are the visiting hours in the Mountain of the 7 Colors?

The Mountain of the 7 Colors (Vinicunca) does not have an established schedule. The visits are usually during the day and part of the afternoon, avoiding the cold at sunset. Tours last about 13 hours, from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m., but may vary according to the operator and the weather.

Are there restrooms at the 7 Colors Mountain?

On the way to Vinicunca, basic restrooms are available for a cost of 1 Peruvian sol. However, due to the remote location and limited infrastructure, services may be scarce.


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