Cusco: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Early Morning Hike

4.9 / 5

17 reviews

Activity provider: Exploorperu

Cusco: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Early Morning Hike

Activity provider: Exploorperu

From US$ 129 per person

Enjoy an easy 50-minute hike and arrive before the crowds to take in the mountain views.

About this activity

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Duration 17 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Any location within Cusco city.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Enjoy a short, flat 50-minute hike on Palyccoyo Rainbow Mountain
  • Experience a walk with an alpaca or llama
  • Take in 3 beautiful viewpoints without crowds around
  • Enjoy a personalized experience in a small group of a maximum of 8 travelers
  • Relax with breakfast and lunch included in your tour
Full description

Enjoy a hike to discover the colorful landscapes and alpacas of Palyccoyo Rainbow Mountain. Unlike its more crowded and touristy neighbor, Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, a hike on Palyccoyo Rainbow Mountain allows for a more calm and serene setting while also offering beautiful views.

Begin the day with 3:45 AM pickup from your accommodations in Cusco. The early start is worth it to beat the crowds. On the way, enjoy breakfast at a restaurant in the area, picked for its quality food and service. After our arrival, you'll be briefed by your guide and receive a hiking stick if desired. Start your hike and admire the colorful landscapes while meeting the alpacas that roam the mountains. Even enjoy the opportunity to take one for a walk. Get ready to leave for lunch just as the tourist crowds are arriving. Enjoy lunch at the same restaurant where you ate breakfast and arrive back at Cusco at around 4 PM. Relax with drop off either right at the airport or at your accommodations.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (airport drop-off optional)
  • English and Spanish bilingual guide
  • Small group with 2-8 people
  • Breakfast and lunch (vegetarian and vegan food options available)
  • Trekking poles
  • First-aid kit and oxygen
  • Tea and snack on top of the mountain
  • Tips for your guide
  • Beverages
  • Entry to the Rainbow Mountain (15 Peruvian Soles per person, paid to the community)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Cash
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Face mask or protective covering

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Open-toed shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 17 reviews

Review summary

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Vidal, our guide, was awesome from start to finish. He engaged all of us on the tour and was accommodating at every stop. The tour started very early 3;30 am in order to get to the mountain top location when the light was at its best. Only downside was the fact that the last road up to the mountain was unplaced and really bumpy which lasted for an hour. This was unavoidable as it is the only way to get to the base of the mountain . Just wish the local government would spend more time to smooth out the roadway somehow

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September 25, 2022

Palcoyo is an incredible place which is totally worth the early departure. Photos can't describe the beauty of the landscape. Our guide Darwin was very nice and patient. The lunch stop was also nice with well cooked local dishes and surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the lush mountains on a sunny day

April 13, 2022

The Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour is an excellent way to view three rainbow mountains with only about an hour of hiking. Our guide Darwin was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Our tour also included a delicious breakfast and lunch and stops at the small but very interesting village museum and the market. We live at 6,000 feet altitude in New Mexico, so the 17,000 feet didn’t bother us at all. The panoramic views are absolutely stunning! We highly recommend this tour!

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December 29, 2021

Product ID: 259322