If you are wondering which one is better, that really is a personal preference. Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain has beautiful views and the ultimate physical challenge while Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain offers spectacular views and a challenging trail to climb. They are both located close to Cusco.
The Vinicunca route is has a slight climb to it. Most of the slopes are not difficult to climb. Because this mountain is located so high up above sea level, it can make visitors feel short of breath. That’s why it is important to be in the best physical condition possible when you begin your journey.
The Palccoyo route offers its own challenges as well. The mountains are going to be demanding and its important that you pack light and you are prepared for the weather.
Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain
Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain
Colors of Palccoyo and Vinicunca are due to the minerals found in the soil. After years of erosion of the slopes and the hills, the sedimentary stone presents itself in an earth-toned rainbow that everyone can enjoy and take in while visiting Peru.
Before you plan your full day tour, you will first need to check out the weather for that area in the time frame you plan to visit. During rainy season, you will only see clouds during your climb.
If you want to visit during the dry season, you will want to plan your trip sometime between April and October of the year.
If you want to track on the mountain with the most traffic, you will want to visit Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. If you want the quiet and serene peacefulness, then you will want to head toward the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain.
With this trek, you will venture through an ancient village, Checacupe. In order to get to this village, you will need to walk across a rope bridge. This type of bridge was designed and used for the first time during the Spanish rule.
During your 45 minutes trek to this alternative Rainbow Mountain, you will see the alpacas and Llamas grazing in the pastures. Take a photo of the Ausangate Mountains which is normally snow-capped.
While trekking up the mountain, you will see the amazing Andean Camelids, the red and green valley, and view beautiful Llamas and alpacas grazing in the fields, once you have reached the summit.
Once you reach the mountain, you can choose to walk an additional thirty minutes in order to be at the red valley.