Tres Rainbows Trip - 1 Day

Palccoyo, A Rainbow Mountain Alternative tour

Tres Rainbows Trip - 1 Day

Palccoyo, A Rainbow Mountain Alternative tour

A stunning alternative hike to the popular "Rainbow Mountain". Tres Rainbows or Palccoyo offers a more leisurely option is best for those who don't want to hike 6 hours round trip, providing  360 views of 3 distinct rainbow mountains and the Ausangate glacier in the distance in only a short 30 min walk. During the rainy season you can witness the nearby Red River which runs a vibrant red from the soils and rock that make up the unique landscape!

Optional Q'eswachaka Rope Bridge trip extension: + $60usd per person

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Trip Itinerary

Tres Rainbow 1 Day Trip

1 Day: 5am - 5pm
Elevation: 16,000ft / 4880m
Hiking Time: 1 Hour (Round Trip)

Enjoy a stunning car ride, as you will travel 3.5hrs from Cusco to reach Tres Rainbows near the town of Palccoyo. This recently discovered splattering of rainbow colored mountains is a perfect option away from the crowds. This tour is great for those wanting to experience high mountain culture and remote beauty, without the strenuous hiking. This is also a great option for families with children.

From the trailhead you will walk about 30 minutes to reach the vantage point of the Tres Rainbows. Take your time and enjoy the views around you, as this is a leisurely day to enjoy the scenery. If you're feeling adventurous, there are several spur trails you can hike as well to get an even better view of the beauty around you. Explore the rock forest, (another 15 minute hike) or sit and relax. Given good weather we will spend 1-2 hours exploring the area, taking photographs and enjoying a fresh lunch prepared by our chef (only a boxed lunch provided if doing the rope bridge extension).

Optional Extention:

Optional Q'eswachaka Rope Bridge trip extension: + $30usd per person

Add on a visit to the last remaining Inca handwoven rope bridge, known as Q’eswachaka, once common in the Incan road system.

Made of woven grass, the bridge spans 124 feet and hangs 60 feet above the Apurímac canyon’s rushing river. The Incan women braided small, thin ropes, which were then braided again by the men into large support cables. Handwoven bridges have been part of the trail and roadway system for over 500 years, and were held in very high regard by the Inca. Please inquire to add on a tour to the Qeswachaka rope bridge. (additional charges apply)

Please note: With this trip extension the time of pick up will be 4:00am and drop off will be at 8:00pm instead of the original 5:00am to 5:00pm. If you add on this extension due to time constraints your lunch will be a box lunch.

Additional Information

We offer trips daily with a 2 person minimum. We specialize in small groups & private trips, to enhance the experience giving you the full attention of our guides and staff. We take a maximum 8 guests on our group trips. We can also accommodate large private groups.

Additional Trip Info

  • Private transportation from/to your hotel in Cusco
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Box Breakfast
  • Chef prepared lunch


Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable ranging from hot and sunny to rain, wind and cold. Hikers should be prepared with proper gear and be ready for variable weather conditions throughout the day. Small changes in the itinerary are a possibility as well as trip cancellations due to bad weather. We reserve the right to cancel a trip prior to departing Cusco if we feel conditions are unsafe. If this happens you will be refunded your deposit in full, or have the opportunity to reschedule, however trips still depart when there is rain, snow or fog and refunds are not granted due to poor weather conditions. Temperatures can range from 0 degrees Celsius in the morning to 15 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. The sun can get intense in the afternoon and we highly recommend bringing sun protection.


Our treks take place anywhere from 10,000 feet up to 17,000 feet. It is essential to spend 2-3 days minimum in the Cusco region or similar elevation prior to taking any trek with us. We recommend staying well hydrated while you are in elevation and to get plenty of rest prior to your trek. FlashpackerConnect is not responsible if you get altitude sickness. Please consult your doctor is you are concerned with the altitude.


Our guides and staff are paid on a per trip basis based on the number of days they spend on the trail. While tipping is not required, it is a common practice in Latin America. If you feel your guide, and crew went above and beyond to make your trip special gratuity is greatly appreciated. A common tip is 10-15% of your total trip cost


We recommend booking 3-4 months prior to ensure availability. If your dates are flexible we can take reservations on short notice, however our treks tend to book out as we keep our group sizes very small. In order to book we send out an invoice for deposit via PayPal, and your final payment is due at least 30 days prior to your trip departure date.


Our treks depart everyday upon request with a minimum of 2 guests (Solo travelers can be matched up with existing groups)


We take pride in preparing a wonderful variety of food throughout your trek. You will always be served local Peruvian style dishes in a family style manner and you will never go hungry. We can cater to any dietary needs, but ask that you notify us of your request at the time of booking. If we are not informed during your booking we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate.

First Aid

Trekking in the Andes and in high altitude can be dangerous and because of this our staff always carries a proper first aid kit along with emergency oxygen for our guests to use if they are feeling ill.


All accommodation on multi-day treks is tent camping. We bring quality 4 person tents but sleep a maximum of 2 persons to each tent. For tours that require hotels, accommodation is based on double or triple occupancy. Solo travelers will be matched with another guest of the same gender unless a single supplement is paid.

Group Sizes

Our treks depart everyday with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 8 guests. We can also accommodate private trips and large group trips. Group pricing is available if your group is 4 or more people.


Travel protection is essential for your peace of mind and safety throughout the trip. Unexpected medical emergencies or illnesses prior to or during your trip could make you lose pre-paid, non-refundable payments. Emergency medical transport and air ambulances in remote locations can be extremely expensive and will probably not be covered by your medical health plan so it is compulsory that you purchase personal adequate travel insurance which is appropriate for your trip. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, air ambulance, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses which may arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience during your trip. We also suggest you purchase cancellation and curtailment insurance. When obtaining travel insurance, you must inform the insurer of the type of travel to be undertaken, especially when "adventure activities" are included in your trip. There are several insurance companies offering travel protection plans available for purchase online.

Visiting Machu Picchu

We suggest booking activities such as Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley prior to trekking the Rainbow Mountain. This will allow for proper acclamation, and prevent altitude sickness. Check out our tour packages linking the Rainbow Mountain hike with Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. If you are wanting a longer trek check out our Ausangate trek+ Rainbow mountain we offer 2,4 and 6 days options.

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