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Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Full Day Hike 40 USD per person

You want to see the stunning colors from the rainbow mountain, but the long hike up Vinicunca scares you? There is a little-known but great alternative. If the hike up Vinicunca is challenging as it is going up a lot, is long, and the altitude can cause problems to some people, the way from Palccoyo is easier, shorter and mostly flat. Moreover, as Palccoyo is a new route, you will also most likely be alone with your group or with a few other groups. Your pictures will then be better, and you will also see three rainbow mountains instead of just one with the classic tour to Vinicunca. This tour is a must-do in the area.

Day by Day

Our tour will start with an early pick-up from your accommodation in Cusco between 7.00 a. We will drive for two hours passing through many colorful colonial towns before reaching Combapata district where we will have chance to use the toilets and have a littel break. Then we will drive for 1 hour and a half more along the Salcca Valley. On the way, you will enjoy a nice view over the mountains as we follow a small river to get to the starting point of the hike (4850m/15912ft).

We will then start our hike and walk for 45 minutes to 1 hour (1km) to our viewpoint (5,000m/16,404ft.). From there, we will have the most unique views of Ausangate (highest snow-capped mountain of Cusco 6375m/20915ft) and of the three rainbow mountains. As this is an alternative route to the well-known Vinicunca, you will be able to enjoy the views without crowds of tourists, to take magnificent photos and to remember forever the stunning views. After taking our pictures and appreciating the view, we will make our way back to our bus, have lunch and head back to Cusco. You will be dropped off in the center around 6:30 pm.

Price

Price: US $40 per person

 

Included/Not Included

What is included:

  • Pick up from your accommodation in Cusco
  • Drop off near the main square
  • Fluent English speaking tour guide
  • Round trip transportation
  • Lunch (vegetarian option available)
  • Oxygen tank
  • First aid kit

Not Included:

  • Meals not described on the itinerary and snacks
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Walking poles
  • Entrance fee to the site in Palccoyo  (10 soles per person)

Lo que hay que llevar:

  • A day-pack
  • Water bottle (2 liters per person recommended)
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking shoes
  • Long pants
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm fleece to return
  • Extra money
  • A good camera with extra batteries
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Bathing suit (if you want to enjoy the hot springs)

Why Us?

Why does Inka Trail Backpacker charge less than other tour operators?

At Inka Trail Backpacker, we offer you the basic and essential version of the popular treks in the region. We are a 100% local company that wants to provide everything you will need at the real cost of operations—never unfair upcharging! That is why our slogan is “Fun, Not Fancy Trip.”

Tour with Like-Minded Travellers

As a traveller, you know that one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of going to new places is meeting people along the way. When you book a tour with us, you can be confident that your group will be filled with similar travellers looking for adventure in the Peruvian Andes. Our groups provide a great opportunity to meet new people and bond with them in an exciting environment. You never know who you will meet!

Community

We are really proud of the work we do for our community. This is a main focus for our company. We have worked with villages directly to help supply them with needs, buy all our food from local farmers and markets, and serve the freshest ingredients.

100% Guaranteed Departures

At Inka Trail Backpacker, we like to think we do trekking a little differently than our competitors. We stand by our customers and guarantee that we meet 100% of our departure dates on our treks even if you are a solo traveler.

Office Location

Our office is located at 392 Calle Triunfo (the street is also called Sunturwasi), inside the Centro Artesenal Arte Inka Building, which is on the corner across the street from the Museo Arzobispal and the Twelve-Angled Stone, by a small fountain. We are on the second floor, in Suite 209.

FAQs

Where is Palccoyo located?

It is located 3.5 hours by car from Cusco.

What is the difference between Palccoyo and Vinicunca and why should I choose Palccoyo?

The hike up Vinicunca is challenging as it is going up a lot, the hike is long, and the altitude can cause problems to some people. The way to see the rainbow mountains in Palccoyo is easier as it is shorter and mostly flat. It is probably more appropriate if you suffer from altitude sickness or if you are not able to hike up for a long time. As Palccoyo is a new route, you will also most likely be alone with your group or with a few other groups. Your pictures will then be better, and you will also see three rainbow mountains instead of just one with the classic tour to Vinicunca.

When does the tour start and finish?

Start at: 7:00.am. and  finishes around 6:00. p.m.

Is lunch included?

Yes, you will receive lunch.

Is there a toilet on the way?

Yes and we can stop for toilet breaks.

What is the maximum altitude?

The maximum altitude we will reach is 5,200 meters (17,060 ft)

What will I do if I suffer from altitude sickness?

We will treat you accordingly. We carry oxygen cylinders and altitude tablets.

Can I take a horse if I can’t walk up?

No. Palccoyo is not as popular as Vinicunca and there are no horses available. However, the way is mostly flat and short, so you should not need a horse.

Now Per Person

$40

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Book your Inca Trail 4 days / 3 nights Permit to
MACHU PICCHU in 2020

Starting on October 5th 2019, the Ministry of Culture will begin allowing licensed Inca Trail tour operators, like Inka Trail Backpacker to secure the permits for their pre-booked clients. They are now available.

So if this is a journey you dreamed about making 2020, do not wait...book now. Permits are limited and sell out quickly and in order to secure the start date you really prefer, early reservations are needed.