Alternative Rainbow Mountain
The Rainbow Mountain is one of the most popular tours in the Cusco region. Unfortunately, it is also an example of very unsustainable tourism. That is why Alemana Tours doesn´t offer this tour. However, there is an alternative. It is near the Palccoyo Community. You will see three beautiful mountain ranges with the colorful patters caused by the minerals in the soil. In addition, it will be less demanding as you will hike just 1 hour, as where on the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain you will hike 3 hours with hundreds of other people to the top. On this tour, you will also visit the Palccoyo Community. Part of the price you pay for this tour will be donated to support this community.
In the morning around 4 am you will be picked up from your hotel and we will drive around two hours in a comfortable van to a restaurant. Here you will enjoy an excellent breakfast with an incredible view over a valley. Then we will continue driving to the Palccoyo Community where you can visit a potato museum. After that, we continue driving to the first spot where you can see the first Rainbow Mountain. Here you will also receive a briefing. From here, we will walk to the second and third Rainbow Mountain. This is approximately 50 minutes walking. During the walk you will get a local snack and coca tea. There is also the option to walk up to the stone forest. Then it is time to go back to the car and drive back to the restaurant where we had breakfast, this time you will enjoy a lunch buffet. After lunch it is time to drive back to Cusco where you will be dropped off at your hotel.