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Rainbow Mountain vs Pallay Poncho

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Rainbow Mountain vs Pallay Poncho

Cusco was the capital of the Incas and the Inca adorated the mountain or Apus. These mountains was sacred in the Inca time. Near to Cusco, you can find the Apu Ausangate.


The Cusco mountains offer new tourist attractions. The most popular mountain is the Rainbow Mountain. This mountain is a top tourist attraction. Who didn't take a picture on this mountain?


Today in this pandemic, the community of Layo discovered the new mountain, the name is Pallay Puncho Apu Taqllo or Pallay Poncho Mountain. This mountain is characterized by its beautiful colors, its sharp points and near you can find the beautiful lake. The altitude of this mountain is 4800 meters above sea level /15748ft.

 Pallay Poncho Mountain Cusco

The Rainbow Mountain Cusco (also called Vinicunca or simply 'arcoíris') is one of the new and best attractions of Peru. Located more than 100 kilometers from the city of Cusco, on an altitudinal summit located at 5,200 meters above sea level (m.s.n.m.).


Rainbow Mountain Cusco


It is a mountainous formation dyed in various shades product of the complex combination of minerals. The slopes and summit are dyed in various shades including red, purple, green, yellow, pink and other variations. This tourist attraction was surrounded by ice not many years ago. Since 2016, this place receives hundreds of visitors a day becoming, along with Machu Picchu, one of the most visited places in Cusco-Peru. Below all the information about the Rainbow Mountain Cusco.


Location and height  

Rainbow Mountain

This amazing place is located in the Andes of Peru, in the department of Cusco and province of Canchis, at 5,200 m.s., an area of considerable elevation. It belongs to the people of Pitumarca who call it the 'Cerro Colorado'. Because it is located on the way to the imposing Ausangate, this site was known much earlier by adventurers who dared to do the walk. The photos they posted on Facebook and Instagram, made him gain popularity. Since 2016 it is a popular tourist attraction.


Pallay Poncho Mountain

This Apu Taqllo colorful mountain is located Cusco, at the limit between Canvas and Canchis provinces. Between Layo and Ocobamba Communities. The Pallay Poncho altitude is 4800 m /15748.03 ft.

 Pallay Poncho Cusco


How to get?  

Rainbow Mountain Cusco

Due to its location, a little over 100 kilometers from the city of Cuzco, this place is reached by car in the first instance. After a Rainbow Mountain Cusco trip of approximately 2 hours along the Longitudinal Highway of the Sierra, we reach Pitumarca. The journey continues along a path to the community of Pampa Chiri. From there a route is followed by mountainous slopes. This journey is 5 kilometers and can be done on foot or on horseback to finally arrive at Vinicunca. There are tours that offer this service.


Pallay Poncho Cusco

Poncho Mountain is approximately 4 hours by driving from the city of Cusco. firstly you need to reach the city of Sicuani (3,550 masl / 11,646 fasl) and then continue by car to get to the community of Layo.

From there, there are several routes to the colorful sector of Apu Taqllo or Pallay Poncho. Some routes are extreme and you may find yourself in a rush to climb. So we recommend you to enjoy this adventure in the company of an expert guide who knows the area well.



The climate, typical of the highest areas of Cusco, is cold. Rain, wind and altitude sickness (or soroche) can be the biggest obstacles for travelers. Temperatures can drop zero degrees centigrade. The best time to carry out this adventure is during the dry season (from April to October) when fluvial precipitations are less likely. If you plan to visit during the rainy season (November to March) bring a rain poncho with you.


When is the best time to visit the Rainbow Mountain and Pallay Poncho?

The best season is during the dry season, which covers the months April to the end of September. In October the rains begin and you can find Machu Picchu covered by clouds. If you travel in June, we recommend you to book the Inti Raymi 2021 Tour that takes place in June 24th, and also hike the Palcoyo Mountain Tour or Pallay Poncho Hike, which are incredible Mountains located in the Andes.


Flora and fauna

The incredible geography of the place is the scene of typical animals from high Andean areas such as llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. The inhabitants of the area raise horses to offer them as transport to visitors. Due to the height of this region, the ichu or natural boil of the Andes abounds.


Tour of the Mountain of the 7 Colors

This picturesque summit used to be an attractive road to the 4-day snow-capped Ausangate. Over the years, this mountain gained popularity on its own. Today, the most extended way to visit this summit is through a tour. There are 1 day and 2 day services. Most include transportation, food, tickets and professional guide. In the city of Cuzco there are many tourist agencies offering these services.


Difficulty of the trek

The walk of 3 or 4 hours (depends on the physical condition of the tourist) is not dangerous and demands a moderate-high physical effort. There are sections of considerable slopes in ascent and descent. However, one of the biggest difficulties is the cold weather and the icy wind. The altitude of the area can cause altitude sickness or soroche. It is recommended a previous acclimatization of 1 or 2 days in the city of Cusco.



Spend a day or two acclimating in the city of Cusco. Wear warm clothes to do the walk. If you do not consider yourself in good physical condition for the walk, rent a horse to one of the locals. That day, do not forget a hat or cap, sunscreen, jacket, pants, shoes ideal for trekking and a poncho for rain.


Other Famous Tours in Cusco

Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail Tours, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views. 

If you want to visit Machu Picchu, we recommend you to book your Machu Picchu Ticket in advance, so you will enjoy your Vacation in Machu Picchu without any problem.


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