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Palcoyo Mountain Cusco

Where is the Palcoyo Mountain?

The mountain Palcoyo (Palccoyo) is located at a distance of 125 km from the city of Cusco to the colorful mountain Palcoyo (4 hours). The Palcoyo mountain is located exactly in the district of Pitumarca in the province of Canchis south of Cusco.

Altitude of Palcoyo

The Mountain of Colors Palcoyo is at an altitude of 4900 m.a.s.l. where you can see the 3 colored mountains and the stone forest is at an altitude of 5000 m.a.s.l.

Palcoyo Mountain Map

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Map of the Palcoyo Mountain of Colors from Cusco city

When was Palcoyo Mountain discovered?

One of the biggest questions about the discovery of the Palcoyo mountain arises first from the discovery of the Vinincunca mountain of 7 colors in 2017, which had a great acceptance in the number of visitors to this place thanks to public entities dedicated to the promotion of tourism (Dircetur). It is at that moment when noticing the great affluence to this mountain, the residents of the Andean community of Palcoyo noticed that like Vinincunca, they also had a mountain of colors that was not usually exploited because it had a very particular resemblance. The need to also have an economic income in it through tourist activity, they decide to promote and establish paths towards the mountain of colors and to be able to offer a unique product made up of 3 red mountains, a view of the Ausangate snow-capped mountain, a view of the great valley red and the presence of a stone forest that makes a big difference in everything that Palcoyo can offer. In 2018 the great height of this tourist attraction arose thanks to the good comments from tourists who made and promoted this destination to be today the most visited attraction in 2022.

What to bring to Palcoyo Mountain ?

To make a tour in the Palcoyo Mountains we recommend always take into account what we can bring for the realization of this tour, for this we can take into account the following recommendations:

  • Sunscreen
  • A light backpack
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • A hat
  • Scarves
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking shoes
  • Rain poncho (optional)
  • Extra money

Palcoyo with Children

Carrying out this tour in the mountain of colors Palcoyo is ideal for everyone, the place is suitable for children of all ages that make this tour a family tour of less travel compared to the mountain of colors of Vinincunca that requires a good physical resistance and a previous acclimatization for the ascent to the mountain.

Can older adults go to Palcoyo?

Yes, it is an ideal place for older adults, the tourist circuit offers a short walk with very easy access.

Palcoyo alternative to 7 Colors Mountain

The Mountain of colors Palcoyo has become a family tourist destination due to its easy access, thus becoming the best option as an alternative to the Mountain of 7 colors.

Palcoyo VS Vinicunca

The Palcoyo Mountain is a natural attraction composed of 3 mountains that are in the same area of the tourist circuit, the mountains have different shades such as red, green, blue, white and yellow colors that give the unique tonality in its mountains. It also offers a forest of stones, a place where most tourists take the best pictures with a unique scenery and at an altitude of 5000 meters above sea level and easily accessible with a 30 minute walk.

The Mountain of 7 colors Vinincunca is a natural attraction already recognized by most tourists and that like the mountain of Palcoyo have shades in their mountains of different colors. What makes the difference is the hike of more than 2 hours from the community to the mountain itself, for this you can also rent horses and then located on the mountain and take pictures at an altitude of 5200 meters above sea level. It is a requirement to be in good physical condition.

The distance between both mountains of Palcoyo and Vinincunca has a duration of 2 hours of walking.

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