It is nothing new that the rainbow mountains in Peru have become one of the main tourist attractions. In our opinion, they are definitely one of the places that are most worth visiting when you are in Cusco. However, there are two different colored mountains that you can visit: the Vinicunca rainbow mountain and the Palccoyo rainbow mountain. About 3 hours south of the city of Cusco, bordering the Vilcanota Mountain Range, there is a group of whimsical mountains of unique colors that do not stop attracting the attention of travelers and tourists around the world. Here, ochres, reds, whites and blues emanate from the earth, generating a spectacular effect. Below are some of the differences between Vinicunca mountain and Palccoyo.
Both mountains of colors offer beautiful natural and ecological landscapes, despite being very similar, each one has a unique attraction. On the first occasion, we have Vinicunca, also known as Winicunca, to which thousands of tourists arrive every day to contemplate this mountain; recently discovered Palccoyo rainbow mountain that is still little visited but there are two places and there are important differences between them that can make you like one more than the other.
Many say that the Vinicunca rainbow mountain and the Palccoyo mountain are very similar, but one landscape can never be identical to the other, the difference always exists, be it in temperature, altitude, scenic beauty or another, because each landscape is made up of a multitude of essential elements without comparing their most insignificant details that sometimes tend to be the most significant.
Vinicunca was the first Rainbow Mountain to become an appetizing tourist attraction in Cusco, with thousands of tourists visiting its colorful lands every day. Palcoyo, for its part, has become its most popular alternative in the last year, drawing attention not only for its relationship to Vinicunca, but also because it is actually multiple rainbow mountains that coexist in the same mountain range.
In addition, one of these jewels was listed by National Geographic magazine as “one of the 100 destinations you must visit before dying” and this was the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.
The Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, named after the local inhabitants, however in the tourism industry this attraction is known as The Mountain of 7 Colors of Peru, is 3 hours and a half from the city of Cusco by bus.
Vinicunca is located in the southern Andes of the Cusco region (Cordillera del Vilcanota), it was the first mountain to become very famous in the world of tourism, the natural beauty in the variety of colors is impeccable, that is why many people also call it the Mountain of Seven Colors, this tonality in the mountain is given by a complex geological history of marine, lake and fluvial sediments that occurred in millions of years.
The Vinicunca rainbow mountain is located at 5200 masl, where temperatures can vary from 5 to 35 °C, it depends a lot on the weather conditions, it is obvious that if it rains and it is very windy the temperatures drop, but they can also increase drastically if it is a super sunny day all the way to 38°C, plus consider that you are literally 5,200 meters closer to the Sun.
Palccoyo is located 3 hours approx. from Cusco by bus, the route to Palccoyo is absolutely impressive, besides that also on the route to Palccoyo there is a stone forest and there is also a chance to see the famous red river, better route than Palccoyo, Impossible!
The Mountain of the Seven Colors of Palccoyo is located south of Cusco at 4800 meters above sea level, a short distance from the snowy Ausangate, in the Andes Mountains in Peru, that is, it is 400 meters less than the Vinincunca mountain.
|Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain||Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain|
|Height||5200 m.a.s.l||Height||4900 m.a.s.l|
|Trip start time||Between 4:00 and 4:30 a.m.||Trip start time||Between 5:00 and 5:20 a.m.|
|End of trip time||6:30 pm. Approx.||End of trip time||6:00 pm. Approx.|
|Travel Difficulty||By Pitumarca (Hard)
By Cusipata (Moderate)
|Walking Distance||4 km through Pitumarca and 2 km through Cusipata||Walking Distance||2 Km|
|Walking time||4h – 3h through Pitumarca and 2h through Cusipata||Walking time||1 hour and 30 minutes|
In short, if you want to hike but also want to enjoy the stunning scenery, Vinicunca can be a great personal challenge. If you want a short and easy trip through colorful mountains, then Palccoyo is your choice.
Explore the Vinicunca rainbow mountain tour, walk through the most beautiful mountains in Peru, surrounded by large snow-capped mountains, and herds of alpacas. Enjoy great views of the Red Valley, which will give you a feeling of being on the planet Mars.