Checacupe, Quehue, Cusco

Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain and Checacupe bridges tour,  Cusco, Peru

Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain: A fantastic alternative tour to the popular “Rainbow Mountain”. Palccoyo rainbow mountains offers a more relaxed and peaceful place option is best for those who don’t want to hike 4 hours round trip, providing an amazing view of 3 distinct rainbow mountains, the stone forest and the Ausangate glacier in the distance in only a short 30 min walk (0ne way).

Checacupe 3 bridges: Checacupe is a special place where you will see 3 different bridges and have the opportunity to cross the Inca bridge which is an amazing experience.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Your hotel in Cusco/ Plaza de Armas Cusco.
DURATION: Full Day 05:00 – 17:00
DISTANCE: 1.5 km (1 Mile) – 45 minutes hiking one way
ELEVATION: 3300m/10,827ft to 5000m/16,000ft
GROUP SIZE: Private Service tour
GOOD FOR:  Those with a sense of adventure and nature lovers.
HIGHLIGHTS: Pristine wilderness, glacial peaks, Palccoyo Rainbow Mountains, Ausangate Mountain, Checacupe bridges!
REQUIRED ACCLIMATIZATION :   At least  1 whole day  in Cusco before this tour.


Best guides: Have the best experience with our adventure and certified guides.

Small Groups: Receive a personalized service, full attention of our guides and staff throughout your trip.

Best food: Best restaurant in Colca Community (Colca Restaurant with vegetarian and vegan options available:

Safety commitment: We include oxygen tanks and a first aid kit to avoid any altitude sickness.

 Extra Equipment: We include carbon fiber trekking poles (2 poles per person) and blankets in the car.

Confortable Transportation: Private and comfortable transport by van with heating and good music.


  • We organize this tour everyday, for this reason we recommend the passengers stay at least one whole day in Cusco to Acclimatize, this is a prerequisite to go on this tour because you start to walk over 4800 mts (15091 fts).
  • It is recommended to not take part in the trek if over 65 years of age or in poor physical conditions. Due to the high altitude and steep climbing, it can be dangerous for your health. Other tour operators won’t tell you this, so be very careful.


05:30 - 06:00: Pick up - Transportation to Cusipata - Breakfast and stop at Checacupe

The adventure begins very early with our team picking you up from your hotel at 05:30 am and heading to the small village of  Cusipata where we will have a delicious breakfast. After that, we will continue and make a short stop at Checacupe Village to see an Inca and a colonial bridge and also to grab some last-minute items like drinks, snacks, sunblock, rain poncho, etc.


09:00 - 11:30: Explore the Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain

After the short stop, we continued one more hour to the base camp. Once we arrive there, we take a short and gradual uphill walk (30-45 minutes) to the Palcoyo Pass (4880m/16,000ft). Here you will have spectacular panoramic views of the 3 Rainbow Mountains and the spectacular Palccoyo peaks as well, as the highest mountain in the Cusco region (Ausangate) and the Stone Forest at the highest point. We will spend 1 hour at the pass taking pictures and enjoying the spectacular view.


12:00 - 14:00: Return and Lunch in Cusipata

Once we are done enjoying the scenery we walk back down by the same way to the base camp. We now take our private transport and we come back. On the way we will stop to visit the 4 lakes in the way, and after we will stop in the village called Cusipata to enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared, hot lunch.


15:00 - 17:30: Cusipata - Return to Cusco

After lunch, we will catch our private van back to Cusco. We will drop you off at Regocijo Plaza at about 17:30.

Pick up and drop off at the hotel in Cusco
Private Transportation
Private English-Spanish speaking guide
Andean Buffet breakfast and Lunch at Colca Restaurant (The best restaurant on the route with vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options)
Entraces fee to Palccoyo and Cheacupe bridges
Trekking poles
Thermal blankets in the car
First aid kit and Oxygen tank
Meals not described on the itinerary
Tips for the guide and driver (voluntary)
Daypack (about 30-40 liters)
Long-sleeve shirt
Trekking footwear
Thermal layers
Waterproof trekking trousers
Wool globes
Sunglasses and sunscreen lotion
Cash for extras
Rain Poncho (only in rainy season Nov- Mar)
Bottle water


8 – 16 people per group $48 USD per person


We can also arrange this trip in private service, which means that the trip would be arranged only for you (transportation and guiding)

2 – 3 people  $129 USD per person
4- 6 people  $119 USD per person
7- 9 + people  $109  USD per person


For our Private Service option the price depends on the number of people in your group.

Daily departures with 2 or more people.

Max. Group Size 16 people

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