Mountain of Colours Huallatakunka- Palccoyo
MOUNTAIN OF COLOURS
This program is designed for travelers who wish to have an experience walking for 30 minutes at 4,800 meters above sea level. Also, enjoy unique landscapes along the way, and learn about the way of life of Andean populations of the Province of Canchis, District of Checacupe in the Cusco Region.
Level of difficulty: Medium- high, good physical condition is required
Departure days: Daily*
Duration: 1 day
Departure hours: 07:30 hs
* From April to November
Supplements may apply over holidays, festivals and special events. Subject to availability.
- We strongly recommend an acclimatization of 2 or 3 days in Cusco before doing this tour.
WHAT TO TAKE:
- Pills for altitude sickness
- Warm clothes (Peruvian hat, feather jacket, scarf, gloves)
- Trekking shoes
- Entrance ticket to the Huallatakunka Natural Park – Palccoyo
- Private guide
- Private mobility
- Box lunch
- Bottled mineral water
- Unforeseen expenses
- Additional features
- Insurance and tips
We will start the tour at 7:30 in the morning leaving the hotel in Cusco.
We will take the 3S route towards Checacupe. From there in ten more minutes we will reach the Combapata bridge. From here we will ride through dirt road until we reach the mountain of colours. We will pass by many small native farming towns, always surrounded by beautiful mountains. Travel Time Cusco – Huallatakunka Colors Mountain – Palccoyo: 3 and ½ hours.
During the trip you will see a variety of typical animals of the high Andean area such as: llamas, alpacas, deer, vicuñas, guanacos and also goats and lambs belonging to the indigenous communities that live in the area. Some are very lucky to see the condor flying over.
Once you reach the vehicle parking area, we will start a 30-minute walk to the same Mountain of Colours located in the Rainbow Mountain Range. These mountains are a marvel of nature at 4,800 meters above sea level (same height as the car park). On clear days you can see the highest mountain in Cusco, the snowy ”Ausangate” with its 6,380 meters above sea level.
There is a small mountain that is on the way to the Mountain of Colors, which locals call ”The Castles”. It has a beautiful natural decoration that resembles a crown, with stone tips that protrude towards the sky. After the journey of walking through this area enjoying the landscape, some of our clients climb up to the mountain ”Los Castillos” located 100
meters higher than the mountain of colors. A challenge for those who want to experience a walk at these heights!
We will return to the transport and in an appropriate area that your guide will indicate, you will take your box lunch that is included in this tour. Then we will begin the return, to be in Cusco approximately 5:30 pm.
End of our services.
Both places offer unique natural landscapes, the differences are:
-In Vinicunca you walk approximately 4 hours, (round trip from the bus parking lot). In Huallatakunka-Palccoyo you walk only 1 hour (round trip from the bus parking lot).
-The level of difficulty during the hike is MEDIUM to the Huallatakunka-Palccoyo mountain of colors, however the level of difficulty of hiking to Vinicunca mountain is HIGH.
-The tour to the mountain of colors Vinicunca starts at 4:00 am returning at 6:00 pm. The tour to Huallatakunka mountain of colors starts at 7:30 am returning to Cusco at 5:30 or 6:00 pm.