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Palcoyo Mountain Tour

Full Day

SUMMARY

90% of the people that go to Palcoyo Mountain daily, go in the morning. At the moment, Peru Private Tours is Cusco’s only travel agency that provides afternoon tours to the mountain. Unlike other times of the day, once we get to the top we will be able to enjoy the splendor of Palcoyo Mountain almost entirely in private. See the gallery of beautiful images we captured of this experience.

Price: USD 85 Per Person

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Did you know? By booking this tour you ar planting 1 tree in an indigenous community of Cusco

ITINERARY

PALCOYO MOUNTAIN TOUR ITINERARY

Unlike everyone, we will pick you up at your hotel around 10:15 a.m. to start this incredible Afternoon Palcoyo Mountain Tour. We calmly drive around 2 hours towards the restaurant where we will stop for toilets and lunch in a nice restaurant with vegetarian options in Cuscipata , then, we will continue our journey to the trailhead, where the starting point of the hike is.

Beginning at 4.700 m.a.s.l, heading to the top walking- one can see a truly impressive view of a glacier. At the very top, you will find yourself at 4,900 m.a.s.l, and a colorful view of the andes that you will never, ever, forget we will have around 30 – 40 minutes in the top. 

While you enjoy the amazing views, our guide will offer you a nice hot coca tea. The advantage of doing the Palcoyo Mountain Tour with us it is that you will be the only ones at the top, no one else will be there since big groups goes very early, and for the time that we arrive everyone is gone.

When we are back on the bus, we go back to Cusco city and drop you off at your hotel.

INCLUSIONS

What our Palcoyo Mountain Tour includes and what not.

INCLUDED

Professional Guide

We have the best selection of guides, all graduated in the national university of Cusco and grown up in this region with a deep love and passion for teaching their culture. They are fun but professional and will make sure you are safe and happy. In addition, they are well trained in first aid and carry an oxygen tank if necessary because of the high altitude in the Palcoyo Mountain Tour.

Tourist transportation

We use clean and new vehicles for all our services, with professional drivers that guarantees you a safe trip. Our car are minibuses for our group use only.

Buffet Lunch.

We will have a buffet lunch after 2 hours drive, before going to the Palcoyo Mountain, and that will be around 12 pm. For the afternoon we will provide you snacks.

 Pick up from the hotel

Our service includes picking up from your hotel to start the tour, pick up time will be confirmed according to the location of your hotel, at the end of the tour we will also leave you back at your hotel. (Our service does not include AIRBNB type house collection because many do not have a clear name or address if you are at one we will coordinate picking place and hour).

Permanent Assistance

We want all the activities you do in our destination to be unique, unforgettable and safe, so you will always have an assigned personal assistant who will be in constant communication with you in case you need something.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Tips – The tips for your crew are voluntary and according to your satisfaction level.
  • Horses. – In this hike, there is no horses for rent.
  • Entrance tickets.- The cost its S/. 10.00 soles per person
  • Walking sticks. – If you want to rent a pair of walking sticks there is an extra $. 5 usd cost, please let us now at your booking time.

PRICES

Our speciality is private tour, but we also have group tours but it will be only our agencies group, we don`t mix people from other companies.

Private Tour

2 – 3 People $. 159 per person
4 – 5 people $.  149 per person
6 – 7 people $.  139 per person
8 – 9 people $.  129 per person
10 or more $.  119   per person

Shared or Group Tour.

1 – 11 people  $. 85 per person
11 more. Your PPT representative will reserve and coordinate the final price.

TRAVEL INFO

Altitude sickness in Palcoyo Mountain Tour

Consider that the highest elevation you will get in the Palcoyo Mountain Tour its 4,900 meters above sea level, but as soon as you walk 10 minutes you will already be able to see the amazing views and colorful mountains around you, however, consider the recommendations for the tour.

The first symptoms of altitude sickness may be; headache, fatigue, followed by loss of appetite, nausea or vomit, dizziness, trouble sleeping, difficulty breathing during exercise. If any of these effects worsen, contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor. Our team is well trained on first aid assistance and specially on altitude problems, if you feel any of the altitude symptoms mentioned during your hike, please let your guide know so he or she will help you as soon as possible.

For further information about altitude sickness please read our article HERE.

Weather

The weather in the Palcoyo Mountain is unpredictable. Dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not prevent the rain from falling in June or the sun coming out in December, just be prepared for any weather.

Many of the excursions through the Andes involve many microclimates and you will have to be prepared for all seasons. The layers are always key because they are easy to adjust to different temperatures. And the nights will always be cold, so get ready with a warm jacket.

Arriving to Cusco

The airport in Cusco is currently quite small and only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs.

Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline, you must pick up your bags in Lima and then register them again.

The best way to get to Cusco is by air and there are several airline options. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but it has more flight options. But you also have PERUVIAN, AVIANCA, STAR PERU, LC PERU to choose according to your preference. Expect flight delays or cancellations, due to the high altitude of Cusco, tends to be difficult to land so that on rainy days it can paralyze air traffic.

Please consider at least 2 days of acclimatization before going to the palcoyo mountain tour, this is especially high and doesn’t matter how fit you are, the altitude will affect you.

Travel insurance

To protect your travel investment, we recommend buying travel insurance. Getting travel insurance before leaving home is highly recommended and very easy. There are many insurance companies depending on your country of origin and at different prices according to your time of stay, take some time to review them and hire the one that best suits you. This is an excellent way to protect yourself while visiting Peru.

Community

At Peru Private Tours (PPT) we are proud of the work we do for our community. This is the main objective for our company. We are working directly with the villages to help them meet the needs of their families. We support the children of the villages by giving them school supplies, books and clothes.

PPT offers constant training for all our team: guides, porters, chefs and drivers. We are a family born in the Andes and we want to work with them and for them. That is why once a year we bring our porters and their families to Machu Picchu.

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For your day pack

Please take note of these recommendations to do the Rainbow Mountain Tour.

  • PASSPORT OR IDENTITY DOCUMENT (VERY IMPORTANT)
  • Hat or cap for the sun: Very important for the walk, radiation is stronger on the rainbow mountain.
  • Sunglasses: Highly recommended.
  • Sunscreen: The radiation in the mountains is stronger, use sunscreen every day.
  • Waterproof jacket or windbreaker (if it is light much better)
  • Gloves: Especially for when you are on the the Rainbow Mountain Viewpoint, because there it is very windy and cold.
  • Shoe with a good grip: If you have trekking shoe is much better
  • Personal medication pills: Do not forget to take your personal medication that is very important.
  • Others that you consider necessary. But remember that this is an ADVENTURE walk!
  • Above all, a lot of desire to have fun, enjoy nature and learn about the local culture.
Palcoyo: The Alternative Rainbow Mountain

Type of Tour: Natural, Walking, Hiking.              

Duration: 11 Hours                    

Start time: 10:00 a.m.                      

End time: 19:30 p.m.                                

Maximum elevation point: 4,900 masl (Viewpoint)            

Difficulty: Medium, Difficult                 

What we visited: Palcoyo Mountain (The Alternative Rainbow Mountain)  

Palcoyo: The Alternative Rainbow Mountain

We do the Palcoyo mountain tour in a completely different way than any other company, allowing you to enjoy this spectacular attraction with no one else at the top, it will be an experience that you will never ever forget.

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