Palcoyo Day Hike Experience is a scenic Adventure Through a Trio of Rainbow Mountains, embark on an unforgettable journey through the breathtaking Palcoyo region, where you’ll encounter not just one, but three stunningly unique rainbow-colored mountains. Marvel at the vibrant ocher and red hues, embellished with captivating green, blue, and white stripes that create an awe-inspiring tapestry across the landscape.

As you traverse the serene trails, delight in the enchanting stone forest and immerse yourself in local culture, as you witness native residents donning their traditional attire, accompanied by their charming Llamas and Alpacas.

The Palcoyo Day Hike offers an unparalleled opportunity to revel in the picturesque landscapes and vivid colors of the mountains, all while enjoying a leisurely and accessible adventure. With only an hour of gentle walking and minimal elevation changes, this excursion is a less strenuous alternative to the longer Vinicunca trek, making it perfect for all ages and fitness levels.

To complete your memorable experience, we provide you with a delicious breakfast and lunch, ensuring you’re well-fueled for your journey through this extraordinary, kaleidoscopic wonderland.

Hotel/Airbnb Pickup Service:

  • Time: Our pickup service is available from 4:30 AM to 5:00 AM. Your guide will directly collect you from your accommodation in Cusco during this time.
  • Office Pickup Option: Alternatively, if you are close to our office located at Portal Nuevo 270, Plaza Regocijo, near Plaza de Armas, you can join us there at 5:00 AM. This is the final pickup location before the tour begins.
  • Booking Information: At the time of booking, please provide the name and address of your hotel or Airbnb. If you choose to meet at our office, please mention this preference.
  • Updates: If you have not finalized your accommodation at the time of booking, you can update your pickup details later by emailing us at

End of the Tour or Return:

  • Time and Location: The tour typically concludes between 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM at Plaza Regocijo, which is conveniently located near Plaza de Armas. This is the designated endpoint of the tour.
  • Additional Drop-off Options: If you prefer to be dropped off at the Cusco airport or bus terminal, please inform your guide in advance. We are happy to accommodate your request; however, advance notice is required to ensure we can make the necessary arrangements.

Daily Departures and Booking: We offer daily tour departures, which you can book online via our website or in person at our Cusco office. Bookings can be made in advance or up to 9 PM the night before the tour, accommodating both early planners and last-minute decisions.

Tour Group Details: Typically, groups range from 14 to 16 participants, with a maximum of 18, all led by a bilingual English and Spanish-speaking professional guide.

Tour Meals: Enjoy a nutritious breakfast and buffet lunch also adapted for vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free diets, and other dietary restrictions at no extra cost—just notify us in advance.

Free Luggage Storage: Conveniently store any extra luggage at our central Cusco office, available daily from 7 AM to 10 PM and early mornings from 4:45 AM to 5:15 AM before your tour starts, allowing you to explore worry-free.




Per person

Group Size:

Min: 2 People

Physical Level:


Tour location:

Cusco - Peru

Tour type:



1B, D, 1L


Daily Departures




  • Exclusive Round-Trip Transportation: Enjoy the convenience of private, round-trip transportation in modern vehicles, ensuring a comfortable journey.
  • Nutritious Breakfast: Begin your day with a delicious breakfast to fuel your adventure.
  • Satisfying Buffet Lunch: Indulge in a delectable buffet lunch featuring a variety of local and international dishes.
  • Bilingual Professional Guide: Experience the tour with a professional, bilingual guide fluent in both English and Spanish, providing valuable insights and information.
  • Comfortable Walking Stick: Make use of a provided walking stick to enhance your hiking experience and ensure maximum comfort.

Not Included

  • Personal gear
  • Tips
  • Palcoyo Mountain Entrance Tickets: 15 soles to pay at the gate of Palcoyo in cash 



  1. Wool hat: Keep your head warm with a cozy wool hat.
  2. T-shirt: Wear a comfortable, moisture-wicking t-shirt as your base layer.
  3. Additional layer: Bring an insulating layer, such as a fleece or light down jacket, for added warmth.
  4. Long pants: Choose quick-drying hiking pants for optimal comfort.
  5. Sunglasses: Protect your eyes with UV-protective sunglasses.
  6. Gloves: Wear lightweight gloves to keep your hands warm.
  7. Small backpack: Carry a backpack to store essentials such as water, snacks, a camera, and other personal items.

What to Bring:

  1. 2 liters of water: Stay hydrated by bringing enough water (additional options to purchase water are available along the route).
  2. Snacks: Pack snacks such as apples, cereal bars, sweets, and chocolates for energy during your hike.
  3. Sun cream: Protect your skin with a high-SPF sunscreen.
  4. Rain jacket or poncho: Be prepared for unexpected weather with a lightweight, packable rain jacket or poncho.


Frequent questions FAQ´S

How did Palcoyo originate?

The Palcoyo mountain range, as well as Vinicunca, (Rainbow Mountain), originate thanks to an impressive geological process where the strata of the earth are aligned creating layers of different colors with a surprising effect.

Near Palcoyo you can also find a mysterious forest of stones, where whimsical rock formations give shape to a geological labyrinth.

How difficult is the hike to Palcoyo?

The difficulty of the hike to the Cordillera de Colores de Palcoyo is moderate, and this makes it interesting for people who do not like to walk much or who do not have enough performance to do trekking.

Where can I stay?

The Cordillera de Colores Palcoyo is a new destination, so it is very difficult to find hotels or hostels, however, there are houses with lodging in the town center of Checacupe and you can also choose the option of staying overnight in Chuquicahuana.

Where to eat in Palcoyo Cusco?

You will find local restaurants that cater to tourists, in the district of Checacupe and enjoy the typical dishes of the area.

What is the best time of the year to visit Palcoyo?

The best season to go sightseeing and visit the Cordillera de Colores Palcoyo, is during the dry season, between the months of May to October, during this season the weather is pleasant and helps to observe more clearly the Cordillera de Palcoyo, thanks to the sunny days of the season, and thus, take fantastic pictures in this incredible place.

The red river of Palcoyo

Near the Cordillera de Colores de Palcoyo, there is a small tributary of water that during the rainy season increases its flow, carrying with it the reddish soil of the land where it is located. This river takes on the same coloration that has attracted the attention of many visitors.

Palcoyo or Vinicunca?

The effort and time required to reach Palcoyo is less than that needed to reach Vinicunca, and Vinicunca receives hundreds of tourists daily, so the scenic experience is less than that of visiting Palccoyo.

Undoubtedly, Vinicunca remains the biggest challenge for intrepid travelers eager to conquer this challenge, while Palcoyo is an excellent option for those who want a more accessible route.

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Full Day
$25.00 Per person (Group service)
Amazing trek with the best guide I did the Inca trail to Machupicchu for 4 days and 3 nights, with Salkantay Trekkers Peru. Our organization was excellent I joined a group of 6 people. We had the briefing one night before our departure where our guide Jose gave us full information and some suggestions. The service was very good, with all the staff that we went from the first day between them it is worth mentioning the service of our Cheff and our porters who were the people who took our travel luggage. The whole group saw the desire to work as a team, and in a professional manner. Our Guide Jose very kind and attentive with all the group of tourists and the staff of the Agency. I had the best travel experience with this group and very organized, I congratulate the whole group for making me part of this unforgettable experience. I recommend this travel agency in Cusco, for those people who are interested in traveling to Machu Picchu.
Belen F
Belen F
El mejor!! Machu Picchu mi Excursión con ellos. Organizaros perfectamente. Salimos a tiempo y la guía fue informativo y servicial. Disfrutamos cada momento de la excursión y nos sentimos en manos seguras. Lo recomiendo para cualquier excursión en Cusco y alrededor de la ciudad.
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Sreeram Hariharan
Servicio impresionante Fui a Salkantay Trek con la agencia. Estaba bien organizado y las guías son conocedores e informativos.

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