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Rainbow Mountains of Palccoyo (Day Trip)

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Visit: Cordillera del Arcoiris Palccoyo, 08235, Peru

Once again the nature of the city of Cusco shows us another impressive natural attraction "The rainbow mountain range of Palccoyo" where we will enjoy the beauty and colour of the region, likewise we can appreciate the variety of flora and fauna that shows us this beautiful place.

This attraction is relatively new and many people of the region did not know about this Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Range, since before it was covered by snow, which did not allow to see its coloration; However, due to global warming, the snow has disappeared and now with our new excursion it is possible to visit the Palccoyo Rainbow Range (Combapata).

Cusco - Checacupe - Raqchi - Rainbow Archipelago of Palccoyo - Cuatro Lagunas - Cusco

Our company Machu Picchu Peru Tours will pick you up at your different hotels from 06:30 a.m. to 07:00 a.m., then head for two hours south of Cusco to the town of Checacupe arriving at approximately 09:00 a.m.

Upon arrival to Checacupe we will observe the evolutionary process of the road system through three colonial bridges located in the same town of Checacupe: Incan bridge, Colonial Bridge and the Republican Bridge, you can also see a colonial temple with fine carving works in wood, gold leaf and that houses the paintings of the Cusco school (Diego Quispe).

Once the visit of this archaeological centre is finished, we will depart to the Rainbow Mountain Range of Palccoyo, located at 4,900 meters above sea level.

Once arrived at this point we will begin our walk of 40 minutes approx. Where we will appreciate the valleys of eroded glaciers and the Permian formations of brilliant colours that stand out among the others and that is inhabited by alpacas and llamas.

We can also appreciate some communities and farmers that live in the low areas of the Rainbow Mountain Range of Palccoyo. We will also appreciate the Ccacca Loma stone forest and the red mountain.

After having visited the Rainbow Mountain Range of Palccoyo, we will continue with our circuit and we will go to Raqchi (Palace of God Wiracocha), in this place we will appreciate more than 151 colcas (QULLQAS) or granaries that were used to store grains like corn and quinoa, potato, chuño, dried fish brought from the coast, dried alpaca meat, brought from the Collao plateau, which were used for ceremonial purposes.

The most important structure of Raqchi is the Temple of God (wiracocha), a huge rectangular structure of two floors that measures 92 meters long by 25.5 wide. The structure is composed of a central adobe wall between 18 and 20 meters high, with an andesite stone base. It has windows and doors, flanked on both sides by a row of 11 circular columns with the lower part in stone and the upper one in mud.

Continuing our tour of the Rainbow Mountain Range of Palccoyo, we will go to San Pedro to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.

After having enjoyed our lunch we will go to the circuit of the four lagoons, where we will observe the different lakes (Acopia, Pomacanchis, posposqo cocha, misky cocha), here we will have enough time to observe the variety of birds and the landscape that surrounds us.

After all this beautiful tour and having visited the Rainbow Mountain Range of Palccoyo, we will return to the city of Cusco arriving at approximately 6:30 p.m.

IMPORTANT: Our tours to the Rainbow mountain range of Palccoyo are suitable for travellers to enjoy these landscapes as all operators arrive early until 11:00 am; while we will be after them and with the ideal daylight to make excellent photographs.
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Departure Point
Cordillera del Arcoiris Palccoyo, 08235, Peru
Departure Time
6:30 AM
  • Transport
  • Professional bi-lingual guide
  • Paramedic
  • First Aid Kit
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Cordillera del Arcoiris Palccoyo
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Entrance to Raqchi, Rainbow Mountain of Palccoyo (USD 7)
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
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This trip to the Rainbow Mountain was somewhat challenging as we are not used to high altitude hikes Jose is a nice and knowledgable guide and his expertise and tips helped us a lot. Machu Picchu Peru Tours has some of the friendliest team of tour cordinators we encountered in
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Amazing views, tour guides had everything handled well and extremely well organised. Would highly recommend! The best trip we had
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It was absolutely amazong. We were within the first 15 people at the summit. Our guide Orlando and Joel were very helpful and well prepared. Although it was somewhat a difficult hike, we made it with the expertise and knowledge of our guides. Highly recommended, but do it once
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We took this easier option to visit the rainbow mountains of Cusco. The drive was quite challenging on a road with a lot of swithbacks but the driver was fantastic and drove safely. Our guide, Eric was kind and explained a lot and guided us. We stopped for lunch in a rustic
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I was a little hesitant to book this tour after reading a lot of reviews, but glad i did it. It was inexpensive, the breakfast and lunch were good and our tour guide did a nice job of managing a group of far ranging fitness levels.
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