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Let yourself be surprised by Palccoyo, an incredible and very colorful place made up of 3 Mountains of Colors, a stone forest at more than 5000 meters above sea level, and a spectacular view of the highest mountain in Cusco, the imposing Ausangate (6380 meters above sea level). In this tour, we will also know the three bridges of Checacupe, including an Inca bridge and a colonial bridge. We will also have the opportunity to get to know the community of Palccoyo as well as the lifestyle of its inhabitants at more than 4000 meters above sea level. In the rainy season (December to February you can also see the famous Red River.
Palccoyo is a very good alternative to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain (Classic Rainbow Mountain) since it is a quieter and less visited place and offers a walk of only 45 minutes (one way) and requires less physical effort.
Recommended season for this tour: March - December
Tour Duration: 5:00 - 17:30
- Receive a personalized service together with our experienced tour guide in private service.
- Buffet breakfast and lunch are included in the best restaurant (Colca Restaurant)
- We have biosafety protocols (75% of transport capacity, spacing, temperature meters, disinfectants)
- Pick up from the hotel in Cusco.
- Rountrip transportation from/to Cusco (Hotel/Airbnb)
- English - Spanish speaking professional tour guide
- Entrances fees (Palccoyo and Checacupe bridges)
- Peruvian buffet breakfast and lunch at Colca Restaurant (vegetarian and vegan options available)
- Water and snacks (fruits, chocolat, dry fruits.)
- Trekking poles
- First-aid kit and oxygen tank
- Tips for the guide and driver (voluntary)
- Meals not described on the itinerary
5:30 am - 7:00 am: Pick up - Transfer to Colca- Breakfast
Our adventure begins very early at 5:30 am with our guide who will pick us up from the hotel and then transport us around 1 hour and 30 minutes to the South of Cusco, exactly to the community of Colca, where a delicious buffet breakfast awaits us. . At this point we will spend around 30 minutes, we can also take the opportunity to make last minute purchases such as gloves, caps, chocolates, sweets, sunscreen, which are necessary for this tour.
7:00 am - 9:00 am: Transportation to Checacupe - Visit to the 3 Bridges - Transportation to Palccoyo
After our delicious breakfast we will transport ourselves around 2 hours to the Palccoyo base camp, and on the way we will visit the 3 Bridges of Checacupe, (Inca, Colonial and Republican Bridge) we will also have the opportunity to know this beautiful Colonial town and its well-known Church and learn from the experiences of its inhabitants. During the journey from Checacupe to Palccoyo we will be able to observe beautiful landscapes such as gigantic mountains, glaciers, colorful valleys with llamas and alpacas around. We will also have contact with the people of the communities and learn about their lifestyle and culture.
09:00 am - 11:30 am: Arrive at Palccoyo base camp - Walk to Palccoyo- Visit to the Stone Forest optional
As soon as we arrive at the Palccoyo base camp, we will receive a brief explanation and recommendations from our guide and we will begin the walk that lasts approximately 45 minutes (each section). During this tour we will be able to visualize beautiful colorful landscapes and we will pass through different viewpoints until we reach the main one to be able to observe the 3 Mountains of Colors of Palccoyo, likewise we will be able to observe the imposing Ausangate (The highest mountain in Cusco, 6380msnm). At this point we will take a break to consume our snacks while we listen to the explanation of our guide.
After the break, we will have free time to explore the place on our own and take the best photos. To then continue our walk to the Palccoyo Stone Forest where we will reach 5000 meters above sea level at the highest point.
11:30 am - 5:00 pm: Return to transportation - Lunch - Return to Cusco
After visiting the Rainbow Mountain of Palccoyo and the Stone Forest, we will descend for about 30 minutes to the parking lot to take our transportation and return to the same restaurant (Colca Restaurant), where we will taste a delicious lunch. After that, we will return to Cusco for 2 hours, arriving at Plaza Regocijo where the tour ends around 5:00 p.m.