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Checacupe and Palccoyo: What I need to know before doing the Tour

April 30, 2021

The town of Cusco has been gaining fame over time by all the visitors from different parts of the world who visit it.

In addition to hosting Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the world, it has countless tourist attractions that are becoming more and more popular.

Among the main tourist destinations located in Cusco, we cannot fail to mention the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour, a tourist attraction that is not known by many people but is becoming the favorite of many others.

It is a mountain that was covered in snow for a long time. However, due to global warming, we can currently speak that it is a mountain capable of offering a great visual impact to anyone who takes the initiative to know it.

Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour

Where is the Palccoyo Mountain located?

The Palccoyo Mountain is located southeast of the town of Cusco, specifically in the district of Checacupe.

If you are wondering how to get from Cusco to the place where the mountain is located, you should take a tour that begins in the center of the city until you reach the natural viewpoint where they are located.

Palccoyo Mountain

What are the characteristics of the Palccoyo Mountain?

Also known as the Rainbow Mountain located in Palccoyo, it is a natural monument that is composed of a height that reaches almost 5,000 meters above sea level.

This means that anyone who is interested in doing the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour, must first acclimatize to avoid suffering the symptoms of altitude sickness.

To achieve this, it will be enough to spend a day in the city of Cusco, in order for the body to adapt to the level of oxygen available in the area.

We cannot fail to mention that despite the fact that the sun does not stop appearing, Palccoyo Mountain has a temperature that varies between 10 ° C and 12 ° C, which means that, if you do not want to experience an uncomfortable trip, you must always stay warm.

The characteristic climate of Palccoyo is very similar to what you can experience in Cusco, especially taking into account that it is divided into two seasons, the dry and the rainy.

The rainy season begins in December and ends in mid-March, at this time the sky in the town remains cloudy, in addition to the fact that the rains are repeated very frequently, this being something that forces people who want to take the tour to take certain precautions.

On the other hand, the dry season begins in April and ends in November and these are the most recommended months for the tour.

This is because the presence of a radiant sun during this time allows the characteristic colors of the mountain to be seen more clearly.

What is the route of the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour?

As we mentioned earlier, the tour begins in the city of Cusco and from there a land trip of approximately 3 or 4 hours is undertaken until reaching the district of Combapata.

After arriving at this place, the tour continues until passing through the Checacupe bridge.

This particular bridge is characterized by being composed of a great historical attraction, since it was built by the Incas with the aim of being able to facilitate the mobility of people during the ancient empire.

Through this same route, they will also cross the colonial bridge and the republican bridge, two works that describe the evolution of the road system from many years ago to the present day.

The tour does not end here, since the Tour will continue for approximately 1 additional hour, until reaching the Palccoyo district, which is where the also known as the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain range will begin to be seen more easily.

This is about the entire route that is carried out through transport and it is precisely in this place that the real adventure begins.

Once located in Palccoyo, a walk will begin that, depending on the pace of the people, can be extended between 45 minutes or 1 hour.

Before reaching Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain, you will be able to enjoy a unique beauty in which on more than one occasion, you will be able to witness the incredible fauna characteristic of this area.

What follows is to reach this wonderful natural viewpoint of the mountain range that will undoubtedly be impressive with the naked eye.

Palccoyo Mountain

Who can take the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour?

The Tour is characterized by not having any type of restrictions, which means that anyone can take this tour as long as they respect the recommendations that must be taken into account to avoid any type of risk.

Despite this, it is a hike that is not recommended for pregnant people or children under 6 years of age.

This is because, as it is a mountain located many meters above sea level, some people may experience oxygen deprivation, dizziness or headaches that last a short time.

What should you take to the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour?

The first thing you should take into account is the use of warm clothing. By this we mean packing warm pants, thick socks, gloves, among other things in your backpack.

It is also advisable to use waterproof clothing, since there is the possibility that it could rain on the way and we are sure that you will not want to do this tour with your wet clothes.

The variation of the weather can also expose people to take a tour in the sun, this being the reason why it is essential to use sunscreen and other items such as hats or sunglasses.

We cannot forget that to fully enjoy this experience, you must always stay hydrated. For this, the best you can do is equip yourself with enough water to allow you to enjoy recommended hydration throughout the journey.