Rainbow mountain Palccoyo – Inca Temple of Wiracocha – Private service

Full day

Difficulty: Moderate

Customizable tour? Yes

Peru’s incomparable natural and cultural heritage combined.

In just one day, visit two of the Cusco region’s most unusual attractions, the rainbow-colored Palccoyo mountain peak and the historic Inca Temple of Wiracocha: Raqchi.

This excursion offers the chance to visit the Rainbow Mountain and enjoy the walk to and from Palccoyo. This is not a difficult walk; however, the altitude can be a problem for some travelers, as the route involves a gradual ascent from 4,630 meters / 11,186 feet to 4,891 meters/ 16,046 feet. It is important to spend a few days in Cusco before this excursion to acclimate.

Important details:

Travelers are advised to spend a few days in Cusco first to acclimate.

Please note that weather conditions can change very quickly at altitude. It is therefore advisable to be prepared for different kinds of weather (sun, rain, or even snow).

Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to the trailhead, round trip.
Entrance fee to Rainbow Mountain and Racchi
First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
English-speaking tour guide
Delicious meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
Snacks in the morning and afternoon (fruit, biscuits, chocolate and energy bars, candy)
Not included
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
Personal items, including personal medical supplies.
Tips to guides and to the staff.
Note: Tipping of our guiding staff is acceptable, at your discretion, when you feel they have gone beyond their normal job requirements and should be compensated by you for it. Tipping for guides, cooks and porters may vary, depending on the type of service, length of trip and group size. Tipping is not compulsory.
Please note: Some participants may prefer to hire a horse (payable locally). The walk is not demanding, but some travelers may find the altitude challenging.
What to bring
Day pack for personal items (to be carried personally)
Warm clothing (for the Andean sections of the trek)
Rain jacket
Long sleeved shirts (cotton)
Cap and sunglasses
Binoculars (for birdwatching enthusiasts)
Hiking boots
Walking poles
Trekking Rates and Group Sizes

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  • Price for 2 travelers USD 175 (per person)
  • Price for 3 – 4 travelers USD 150 (per person)
  • Price for 5 – 6 travelers USD 145 (per person)
  • Price for 7 – 10 travelers USD 120 (per person)

Minimum 2 people for this trek.

Whether you’re trekking alone, in a group, or seeking a custom adventure, we’ve got you covered. Let’s create your perfect journey – just drop us an email!

Tour plan

Day 1
Cusco – Rainbow Mountain – Racchi - Cusco

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and set off in our private vehicle, heading southeast in the direction of Puno. Before starting the trek, we will pause to enjoy a nourishing hot breakfast.

After a journey of around 3 hours and thirty minutes, taking us through the typical high Andes scenery of the Cusco region, we will arrive at our first destination: Palccoyo viewing point, with its fine vista of the rainbow-colored mountain peak and the entire Palccoyo valley. From here, the brief ascent on foot to view the rainbow mountain more closely is not a difficult walk. The ascent is gradual, along a good trail through pastureland, with spectacular views of Mount Ausangate and other mountains of the Andes. However, the altitude may affect some walkers, during the gradual climb from 4,787 meters/ 15,705 feet to 4,891 meters/ 16,046 feet.

After having enjoyed the incredible views and taken many photos, a short walk to Bosque de Piedras awaits us

After lunch, we will drive to the historic Inca Temple of Wiracocha: Raqchi.

The most prominent structure at Raqchi is the Temple of Wiracocha, the creator god of Inca mythology. It is an enormous rectangular two-story roofed structure measuring 92 meters by 25.5 meters. This structure consists of a central adobe wall some 18 to 20 meters in height with an andesite stone base. Windows and doors allow passage. It is flanked on each side by a row of eleven columns. The bases of the walls and the columns are made from classic imperial Inca stonework, with the upper sections fashioned from mud brick.

Prior to its destruction by the Spaniards, the temple had what is believed to be the largest single roof in the Inca Empire, with the central wall forming its apex, from which the roof stretched some 25 meters (82 feet) in both directions, where it rested on the great columns. The enormous proportions of the temple and its prominent location have led to it being known as the Temple of Wiracocha, in honor of the creator god of Inca religious beliefs.

In the afternoon, a three-hour and thirty-minute drive across the high plains of the Andes will take us back to the city of Cusco, where we will arrive at around 5:30 pm, and you will be transferred to your hotel.



Traveling time:

  • Cusco to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain: 127 km. / 79 miles. (3.5 hours)

(paved, 107 km./66 miles, dirt road. 20 km. /12.4 miles)

  • Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain to Racchi 32 km / 20 miles 1 hour
  • Racchi to Cusco: 119 kilometers/ 74 miles, paved (2.5 hours)

Trekking distance to Palccoyo:

  • 5 kilometers / 0.93 miles (uphill/one way); 30 to 45 minutes

Visiting time:

  • Palcoyo Mountain 1 hour
  • Racchi 2 hours


  • Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain 4,891 meters/ 16,046 feet.
  • Racchi 3460 m / 11,351 feet

Meals: hot breakfast, box lunch


How far in advance do I need to book a trek or hike?

For trekking and hiking routes other than the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you should make your booking at least five days in advance, so we can make the necessary preparations, although we recommend that you make your booking up to 90 days in advance. Full refunds (minus administration costs) can be offered 45 days before your scheduled departure date. After 45 days, only partial refunds will be given.

I would like to trek with my friends, can I book now and my friends book later?

Yes, for trekking and hiking routes other than the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you can add other travelers to your group before departure. Write to us for more information on the treks, hikes and tours we have available.

What is the maximum group size? Is there a maximum?

The maximum group size is 16 persons. For more than 16 persons, a second group must be organized. A single guide travels with 8 participants. For larger groups, an assistant guide will also accompany the participants.

What do we do for water?

Use of plastic bottles on the network of Inca Trails to Machu Picchu is not permitted. Other treks and hikes do not have this restriction, but we always recommend and encourage our travelers to use reusable canteens or second use plastic water bottles. Our cook will provide you with boiled water to refill your bottle at all the campsites.

What processes are in place to ensure the equipment is always in perfect condition?

Our full time logistics staff continuously maintain and/or replace all our equipment. To ensure proper use of our equipment, all gear is handled by our trained field crew during treks and hikes.


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USD 199

Full day

Difficulty: Moderate

Customizable tour? Yes

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The Thurmond family
United States

Our guide was fantastic and treated our family very well.

Roy Cox
United Kingdom

Excellent and very patient when setting up the trip. Our guide was also superb with genuine enthusiasm for Inca culture and history. He also gave us our own space to do things we wanted and this made the whole tour very enjoyable.

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