How To Get From Cusco To Palccoyo: The Alternative Rainbow Mountain (Travel Guide)
What Is The Distance From Cusco To Palccoyo?
The distance from Cusco to Palccoyo Mountain is 130 kilometers. Click here to book online Cusco activities and tours
If you want to go on your own from Cusco to Palccoyo Mountain will be hard but not impossible. Keep reading below our Palccoyo Mountain travel guide!
The travel time from Cusco to Palccoyo Mountain by car plus train is around 3 hours and 30 minutes. You can get a day tour from Cusco as we recommend you to avoid the hassle.
What Is The Cheapest Way From Cusco To Palccoyo?
The cheapest way from Cusco to Palccoyo Mountain is by bus to Combapata and take a taxi to Palccoyo Mountain which can be around $25 USD per person if you go with at least two people.
WHERE TO STAY IN CUSCO
The accommodation price can take you around $10–15 USD if you stay in a cheap room. For mid-budget accommodation starts at $30-50 USD and for more than $80 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Peru.
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How To Get From Cusco To Palccoyo Mountain
Cusco To Palccoyo Mountain (Cheapest Way)
The cheapest way from Cusco to Palccoyo Mountain is by bus plus taxi. There is no direct bus from Cusco to Palccoyo. You will have to get a bus from Cusco to Combapata and get a taxi to Palccoyo Mountain.
The bus fare from Cusco to Combapata is around 10 PEN which is $2.5 USD you can book online. Once in Combapata you will have to get a taxi from Combapata to Palccoyo Mountain for around $40 USD return. If you are sharing the ride with a few people can be great as an experience if you go on a budget.
Make sure the taxi is waiting for you. Otherwise can be really hard to find transportation on the way back. To be honest it’s so much hassle since prices are so competitive joining for tours leaving from Cusco.
Best Way By Tour From Cusco to Palccoyo Mountain (Day Tour Cusco to Palccoyo)
You can book a day tour from Cusco to Palccoyo Mountain as we did with Exploor Peru. They will organize everything for you the pickup, breakfast and lunch.
The best part of joining a day tour with Exploor Peru is that we got there the first ones getting there and we enjoyed Palccoyo Mountain for our own for more than one hour until the other tour companies got there.
The wake-up call is around 3 30 am (most of the tours are leaving around 5 am) and you get to Palccoyo Mountain early morning after breakfast around 7 30 am.
We just met people on the way back hiking to the car after we took so many pictures. It took us more than one hour to do the hike. It will take 30-40 minutes hiking from the car park plus the extra time that you want to take for pictures.
PALCCOYO MOUNTAIN TRAVEL GUIDE (THE ALTERNATIVE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN)
Palccoyo Mountain is popularly called The Alternative Rainbow Mountain in Cusco. It’s a new discovery similar to Vinicunca Mountain the most popular one in Cusco area. The colors are coming from the erosion in the mountain and when the sun hits to the top is so incredible!
The Alternative Rainbow Mountain Hike
The Palccoyo Mountain hike is pretty easy. If you go on a tour you will stop half of the way for breakfast. Once you park the car you will have 30-40 minutes hike depending on your speed. It can be less or more depending the time that you add taking pictures.
You will see locals bringing Alpacas just in case you want to take pictures with them (will ask for a tip). Just starting the hike you will see the first Rainbow Mountain and you will see a total of three in just 30 minutes hiking.
There are three point of views where you will spot the mountains and best views in the hike. You will be able to see fog, beautiful colors and even the sun up.
Can You Fly The Drone In Palccoyo Mountain
Drones aren’t allowed to fly… There is a sign where they mention that drones arent allowed and I thought we couldn’t try. But our guide Mike explained to us that it means not allowed to fly the drone for free. You will have to pay a fee which is around 50 PEN which is around $12 USD.
If you go on a tour always as your guide and follow their advise to avoid problems! We couldn’t fly the drone because of the altitude. The engine got over heated and it wasn’t flying more than 5 meters altitude in our case. Unluckily we can’t show you the views as we wish.
PALCCOYO MOUNTAIN ENTRANCE FEE AND OPENING HOURS
Palccoyo Mountain Entrance fee is 15 PEN per person which is around $4 USD. The opening hours for Palccoyo mountain is starting from 6 am to 2 pm.
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PALCCOYO MOUNTAIN TOUR
You will have a delicious and complete breakfast with bread, milk, coffee, tea and eggs before heading to Palccoyo Mountain. On the way back you will stop in the same restaurant for lunch and you will find different options like lomo, chicken, fish or even vegetarian dishes.
WHAT TO BRING TO PALCCOYO MOUNTAIN
Food-only snacks if you are joining a tour since they serve breakfast and lunch.
Water you should be able to bring at least one liter of water per person.
Sunblock is important if you don’t want to get burnt.
Raincoat just in case is raining.
Proper shoes for hiking (it’s less than 1-hour hike)
Camera and phone to get ready for pictures and videos.
TRAVELING WITH KIDS TO PALCCOYO MOUNTAIN
It’s not recommended to visit Palccoyo Mountain with kids less than 12 years old because of the altitude. Since the altitude is 4800 meters. But we did bring Han 9 years since he was before in altitude and he didn’t have any problem.
We were for a few days in Cusco before doing all these day trips to make sure we adapted ourselves to the altitude. Make sure if you are bringing kids with a tour so it will be easy just in case they aren’t feeling good. Going back to the car is quite easy!
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About the Author: Ruben, co-founder of Gamintraveler.com since 2014, is a seasoned traveler from Spain who has explored over 100 countries since 2009. Known for his extensive travel adventures across South America, Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa, Ruben combines his passion for adventurous yet sustainable living with his love for cycling, highlighted by his remarkable 5-month bicycle journey from Spain to Norway. He currently resides in Spain, where he continues to share his travel experiences alongside his partner, Rachel, and their son, Han.