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Palcoyo Mountain

Palcoyo mountain with visit to Qeswachaca

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This mountain of colors, like Vinicunca, acquires its tones by minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium accumulated for thousands of years. After Palcoyo, board the transport to head towards Cusco making a stop at the Qeswachaka Bridge, a Cultural Heritage of the Nation.  Enjoy the tour and the beautiful landscapes.
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  • Enjoy the spectacular view of Palcoyo Mountain
  • Marvel at Qeswachaka Bridge, a Cultural Heritage of the Nation
Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.

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Day 1: Palcoyo mountain | Qeswachaca

  • 1 Lunch
The adventure begins with your transfer from your hotel to the starting point of the hike to the impressive colored mountain range of Palcoyo. Alike the 7-colour mountain of Vinicunca, Palcoyo acquires this coloration due to minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, among others, accumulated over millions of years and that nowadays offer a visual spectacle. Unlike Vinicunca, getting to the top of the Palcoyo mountain range is of a moderate level and very accessible since it is a 2-hour walk without significant slopes, reaching a maximum elevation of 4,900 meters above sea level. Upon arrival, enjoy the beautiful view of the mountain range and take some minutes to calmly appreciate the surroundings thanks to the little flow of visitors in the area in comparison with the Vinicunca Mountain. This experience is carried out following the established routes and regulations for its conservation, collaborating to the sustainability of this natural wonder. After the visit, board the transport to head towards Cusco making a stop at the Qeswachaka Bridge, a Cultural Heritage of the Nation. This bridge is made of ichu plants. Every year, the inhabitants of the nearby communities carry out the weaving of a new bridge by hand. This tradition goes back to Inca times, as the Qeswachaka was part of the great network of Inca roads or Qhapaq Ñan. Finish your day arriving at your hotel in Cusco.

Level: Easy
Duration: 10 hours
Maximum altitude: Palcoyo 16000 feet

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  • 1 Box Lunch
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Horse, oxygen, potable water, & first aid kit for emergencies
  • Entrance fees
  • Roundtrip transfers from Cusco
  • Bilingual English-speaking guide
  • First aid kit, Oxygen tank
  • Gratuities
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)


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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.


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