Cusco: Small-Group Alternative Rainbow Mountain Hike

Cusco: Small-Group Alternative Rainbow Mountain Hike

Activity provider: Exploorperu
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From US$ 99 per person

Avoid the masses of tourists and enjoy peaceful tranquility from the top of the alternative rainbow mountain. Enjoy a 50-minute hike to the top, see plenty of friendly alpacas, and most importantly, admire uninterrupted views of the colorful landscape.

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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


  • Hike to the top of Palyccoyo Mountain in a small group of up to 8 people
  • Meet friendly alpacas that roam the mountains, and hike with one (currently not possible due to COVID-19)
  • Learn about the local community's lifestyle on a visit to the potato museum
  • Admire breathtaking views of 3 colorful rainbow mountains
Full description
The world-famous Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain has garnered plenty of attention over recent years. However, this small site has lost its charm due to the abundance of travelers and overcrowding. Luckily, you can still experience the true beauty of these colorful landscapes on an alternative route to Palyccoyo Mountain. The day begins with early morning pickup at 4 AM from your accommodation in Cusco. Set out on the journey towards the hiking route, stopping by a local restaurant for a hearty breakfast to fill you up for the trip. Arrive at the trail's starting location at 9:30 AM and listen to a briefing to ensure you’re prepared for the 50-minute hike ahead. As you walk to the top of Palyccoyo, admire the incredibly colorful landscapes and meet friendly alpacas that roam the mountains. At the top of Palyccoyo, soak up unspoiled views of your surroundings and marvel at the beauty of nature. You can also opt to continue the hike onto the nearby Stone Forest where another fantastic lookout awaits. After some time to enjoy the view, walk back down the mountain and head to a nearby restaurant for a well-deserved lunch before the return journey to Cusco.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Fluent English/Spanish-speaking local guide
  • Small-group tour with 2-8 people
  • Breakfast and lunch (vegetarian and vegan food options available)
  • Trekking poles
  • First-aid kit and oxygen
  • Entrance to the Rainbow Mountain area (S/10)
  • Tips for your guide
  • Beverages
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

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • The group has a maximum of 8 people
  •  Bring at least 1.5l of water
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

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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

Excellent experience. The landscapes are truly magnificent. Our guide was great, we took our time. We walked with the llamas. Really to do!

April 9, 2022

Product ID: 259322