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Pallay Punchu Rainbow Mountain

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4,650 m / 15,256 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate - Challenging Difficulty

Explore the Astounding Sharp and Multi-colored Pallay Punchu Mountain

Cusipata - Sicuani - Layo - Rainbow Mountain of Pallay Punchu
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No Accommodation
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Up to 10 People Group Size
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4,650 m / 15,256 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate - Challenging Difficulty

Stunning mountain founded during the COVID-19 quarantine by local explorers, Pallay Punchu is the third Rainbow Mountain in the Cusco region. It is the same impressive as Vinicunca and Palccoyo, just less crowded. Don't miss out on visiting and exploring its incredible colors and sharp edges, which amaze all adventure lovers. Its colors red, purple, green, pink, and others come from the different mineral compositions which was formed across millons of years ;

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The Rainbow Mountain of Pallay Punchu is one of the new and best attractions in Cusco. Located 194km on the southern side of Cusco at 4,650 m (15,256 feet), it offers different breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains.

According to various investigations done at the site, the multi-colored hues of the mountain resemble the ponchos used in Peru. The poncho is both an ancestral and contemporary item of clothing that crosses borders and time.

Apart from that, you’ll learn about authentic Andean traditions and geology while you are surrounded by astonishing pastures and red mountains. Join us, and don’t forget to bring your Andean poncho for the best photos!

Highlights: The last Rainbow Mountain of Cusco Pallay Punchu
Hiking distance: 3km/1.8miles (1:30hours hike round trip)
Considerations: Acclimatization is required
Season: March to November
Max. Altitude: 4,650 m / 15,256 ft

Itinerary at a Glance

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    Cusco - Cusipata - Sicuani - Pallay Punchu Rainbow Mountain - Cusco

Day 01

Cusco - Cusipata - Sicuani - Pallay Punchu Rainbow Mountain - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Arriving at the spectacular Pallay Punchu Rainbow Mountain and enjoying the amazing panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

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Breakfast and Lunch Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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3 km / 1.8 miles Walking Distance
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1 - 2 hours Walking Time
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4,480 m / 14,698 ft Starting Elevation
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4,650 m / 15,256 ft Highest Elevation

The adventure to explore this incredible Pallay Punchu begins at 4:00am with the pick-up from your hotel; afterward, we'll drive to Cusipata, where we get the buffet breakfast; then, we continue driving through the main road that connects Cusco and Puno; after driving one more hour, we'll get the trail head, where we will start our hike; from here, you will appreciate the first section of this wonderful mountain; on your back site, there will also be the red mountain; then, we start our hike for about 1 hour, with impressive landscapes accompanied by the typal fauna of the area, alpacas and llamas will be around you.

After hiking for about an hour, you will finally get to the Pallay Punchu mountain(4,600 m (15,100 feet), also known as Apu Taqllo in the local languages. Your tour guide will lead you to the most incredible spots where you can get stunning photos and gorgeous views. You can also climb the sharp edges of the mountain, where you can get amazing views of the landscapes around.

This incredible mountain contains various lines of different colors perfectly sculpted by the natural eolic erosion over millons of years. You'll be able to distinguish red, green, brown, yellow, magenta, and ocher. Your guide will explain the Andean life and religion while you enjoy the breathtaking view of Langui Lake.

After having enjoyed this adventure, we will embark on our bus and drive to Cusipata for our lunch. Following this, we will return to Cusco.

Our representative will collect you from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00am. Then, we will drive for 2 hours to reach Cusipata town, where we will get our breakfast. We'll pass through Sicuni City and see different rural communities along the bus road, and after we'll reach the trailhead where the hike starts.

The hike will take about 30 minutes uphill through a narrow path to reach Pallay Punchu mountain. We will walk with beautiful scenery that can amaze you from the beginning to the end of the hike. The red mountain in front of you is one of the most amazing views that you can get here. The local flora and fauna will accompany you all the way up until you get the view point. You will also see some alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. If you are lucky, maybe condors flying over the mountains. Once you reach the highest point, you will be surprised by the stunning views of different colors and the Langui Lake on one side of the mountain.

Many people call Pallay Punchu due to the local languages, which means "woven poncho" that our ancestors used for different ceremonies, mostly for offering to Pachamama (Mother Nature). The mountain stands out because of its precise lines, perfectly sculpted by nature for many years, that create different colors: red, yellow, green, magenta, and ocher.

While you explore the fantastic colors, your guide will explain to you about the local flora and fauna, as well as a little of Inca's history and why these mountains were considered "Apus· protectors of the Andes.

In the afternoon, after having explored this fantastic place, we will hike back and board our van, then return to Sicuani to enjoy our rural lunch before heading back to Cusco.


At Vidal Expeditions, we are transparent and provide specific details of what is included and excluded in our Pallay Punchu Rainbow Mountain Tour. We know this is very important so that you know exactly what to bring and don’t miss anything. We provide this information to ensure that you have an incredible experience during your tour.


Vidal Expeditions Team Provide

  • Pre-departure briefing

    Once you book the tour with us, you will get a notification about the pre-departure briefing, where you will meet with your adventure guide and the tour group in our office the night before your Pallay Punchu tour departure. During this briefing, you will receive important details about the tour.

  • Professional Cultural Guide

    All our tour guides have a great reputation for customer service and prepared for leading groups to Pallay Punchu. Our tour guides have graduated with a tourism career from the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. They have also studied English at a private language institute. Through their patience, responsibility, knowledge, passion for adventure, and pride in having been born in the land of the Incas, we ensure our tour guides provide an excellent experience when you are exploring the iconi Pallay Punchu Rainbow Mountain.

  • Entrance Fees

    Once we receive your details and the deposit for your tour, we will purchase all the necessary tickets for you to explore Cusco. They will be for a specific date.


  • Private Transport

    We included all the transportation during your tour. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the beginning of the trail. The bus returning once you are done with Pallay Punchu tour to Cusco will drop you off at your hotel.


  • Walking Sticks

    Hiking with trekking poles has its benefits. They protect your knees while you are hiking downhill, especially in remote areas where there are many ups and downs. Trekking poles also help you during the ascent and provide increased stability. Vidal Expeditions will include a pair of trekking poles.

  • Medical First Aid Kit

    All tour guides at Vidal Expeditions are very well trained in first aid. They received training courses every six months on how to assist someone who is in an emergency situation. Also, they are trained on how to supply balloon oxygen if someone requires it.


  • Meals

    At Vidal Expeditions, we know food is such an important part of any vacation, and getting the right fuel on an active holiday is crucial. We include one breakfast and one lunch. And of course, we cater to all dietary restrictions. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and others—just let us know. Our chefs are well-trained to prepare the best food you've ever had with local and organic ingredients.


  • Water bottle

    Every customer needs water during this tour. We will stop in a shop where you can purchase some water bottles and snacks.

  • Travel Insurance

    We recommend buying travel insurance before leaving your country in case something happens during your visit to Peru.

  • Tips for our team

    Tips are not included. Tipping the team is usual on any excursion in Cusco, and although we pay good salaries to our entire team, tips are welcome as a token of your appreciation for the team hard work.

  Packing List

At Vidal Expeditions, we focus on making your trip an unforgettable experience, and we want to provide all the details you need to know before leaving your country and starting your life experience in Peru.

What you need to pack? Important
  • Passport
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelback is encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking pant
  • Trekking poles


A daypack can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. If it is larger, try to make it as light as possible.

  • Rain gear
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Personal medication or Own first aid kit
  • Snacks (Chocolate, energizing bars, caramels, etc.)


Here some frequently asked question about Pallay Punchu mountain in Cusco

At Vidal Expeditions, we try to make the booking system as easy as possible for you. Once you decide to do some of our day tours, we will send you a booking form where you need to complete all the required details that we need to book your tickets. We also need a previous deposit of 50% of the price per person. As soon as you pay it, we immediately book a spot for this tour. Once we are done with it, we will send you your invoice and a confirmation form that all the booking processes have been satisfactorily set up.

This is the ultimate day tour in Cusco. Pallay Punchu Mountains is the third Rainbow Mountain in Cusco, discovered during the COVID-19 pandemic, and nowadays is adventurers with its awe-inspiring landscapes and one of the top destinations for many visitors. It offers incredible views of the high mountains surrounding imposing lakes and abundant wild fauna.

This iconic mountain is located on the southern side of Cusco by following the main route between Cusco and Puno, near Sicuani district. You can also get there from Arequipa, but it takes a long drive.

Pallay Punchu Mountain is standing at 4,600 m (15,100 feet) above sea level, and the hike starts at 4,480 m (14,69 feet).

Well, the hike is not bad; it only takes 30 minutes to reach the peak, but it will depend on your physical condition. Of course, you need a few days in Cusco to acclimate to the altitude.

Usually it takes 3 hours of driving, but this will depend on which route is taking us. We take the closest one and get to the bottom of Pallay Puncho Mountain, which makes the hike shorter.

As we mentioned above, Pallay Punchu Mountain was discovered during the last pandemic, and not many people go there, so it is still well preserved, the flora and fauna are well cared for, there are not many regulations yet, and the hike is easier than other Rainbow Mountains.

Altitude sickness is a very common problem in Cusco. To avoid it, it is quite complicated if it is your first time over 3,000 meters. What you can do to avoid serious problems is to take it easy, especially on the first days. We recommend resting as much as you can; walking a little will help you to adjust the altitude; and drinking more water than you usually do will bring you more benefit from the altitude. Our guide will always carry an oxygen tank, and they are well trained to attend to any emergency that may occur during your Pallay Punchu tour.

May to October are the best times of the year to visit this iconic Pallay Punchu mountain. During this period, Cusco has a dry season and rain is rare, so you will have more chance to enjoy the different landscaspas that offer breathtaking views during this tour. November to April is the rainy season in Cusco, and some days could be heavy rains with no chance to enjoy this tour.

The cost of this tour will depend on which travel company you choose. Our price for the full-day tour is $80 USD, and it includes pick-up, transportation, a tour guide, meals (breakfast and lunch), entrance fees, a walking sting, an oxygen tank, and drop-off.

Pallay Punchu is a day tour from Cusco, it is mostly adventure and hiking tour which allows you to see diidfent landscapes, Pallay Punchu offers nature enthusiasts countless opportunities for exploration and adventure. The region boasts pristine hiking trails that wind through verdant valleys and lead to hidden waterfalls and crystal-clear lakes. Visitors can also witness diverse wildlife species such as Andean condors soaring across the sky or spot unique flora like orchids endemic to the area.

Pallay Punchu's creation occurred approximately 250 million years ago. Sand, dirt, and various mineral types pile in layers during the development of the Earth's crust, each collapsing under its own weight. These sediments were ruptured by the collision of the Nazca and South American tectonic plates, creating mountain ranges, hills, and slopes..


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At Vidal Expeditions we offer the best service for all our customers and here is what makes us different than others.

  • Small groups: Along our excursion group size is a capped at 8 people. This guarantees that you will enjoy every step of our excursion

  • Hotel: During our excursion to Machu Picchu, we offer a 3 stars hotel stay for the last night. This ensures you are well rested and ready to explore Machu Picchu.

  • Bus to Machu Picchu: To enjoy Machu Picchu, we provide a round trip ticket on the bus from Aguas Calientes to the main entrance of the archaeological site.

  • Local Tour guides: Our team consists of 100% local tour guides, who have expert knowledge in our ancient culture.

  • Best Camping Equipment: We have the state-of-the-art camping equipment for our excursion. The equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after every excursion.

  • Best Trekking team: At Vidal Expeditions we focus to create the best experience during our excursions. Our team that consists of tour guides, cooks, porters, horse drivers are handpicked. We train our team to offer you the best service. We take care of our team by providing them with good equipment and paying them fairly.

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