WHAT IS THE PALLAY PONCHO TREK OF APU T'ACLLO AND WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
The Pallay Poncho of Apu T’acllo is located in Peru, in the Cusco region, Canas province in the town of Layo.
This mountain is a natural formation that shows the whims of nature through kilometers of terrain that change their color due to the richness in minerals and it is from the Pallay Poncho viewpoint, from where you have a spectacular view of the entire Cordillera de the Andes with their capricious colors that resemble the Rainbow Mountains of Vinicunca.
HOW HIGH IS THE PALLAY PONCHO?
The highest point is 4,790 meters above sea level; However, the route starts from the city of Cusco, passing through towns such as Layo and Sicuani until reaching the starting point of the walk is at 4,500 masl.
WHAT IS THE DISTANCE AND TRAVEL TIME FROM CUSCO PALLAY PONCHO?
The Pallay Poncho Mountain is located 194 km from the city of Cusco and it takes approximately 14 hours to go and return.
WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED AGE TO HIKE THE PALLAY PONCHO MOUNTAIN?
The recommended age to hike the Pallay Poncho Mountain is from 12 years old. In the case of traveling with a minor as a companion, it is suggested that they go under the care of a responsible adult.
Throughout the trip you will be able to observe beautiful landscapes and animals of the area. In addition, very close to the Pallay Poncho mountain you can see a beautiful lagoon, this makes this mountain look spectacular and is a very attractive destination.
WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON TO VISIT PALLAY PONCHO?
The best season to visit the Pallay Poncho mountain is from April to October where the climate is dry and without rain. In the month of November to March it is recommended to always wear a rain poncho and dress warmly.
CAN I SUFFER FROM ALTITUDE SICKNESS IN PALLAY PONCHO MOUNTAIN?
Cusco is located at about 3300 meters above sea level, which is why people who travel from lower levels suffer from altitude sickness “Soroche”, this originates because at higher altitudes less oxygen is contained than those found at sea level, so the body works harder to get the oxygen it needs, which is why for long walks it is recommended at least two days in Cusco to start.
The symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, sleeping problems, loss of appetite, breathing problems. Most of the time the symptoms will be mild, but if they get worse, consult a doctor or contact our offices.
Coca tea is a recommended infusion for this illness, so inside the accommodation it is always offered to counteract altitude sickness.
You must remember that you come to enjoy a trip through wonderful trails with people who will always be willing to help you, so you can relax and enjoy every moment.
DO I NEED TO HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE TO GO TO PALLAY PONCHO?
To protect your trip, it is recommended to buy travel insurance, having insurance before the trip is highly recommended, we have agreements with companies that provide this service that will make your trip more peaceful and pleasant in Peru.
WHY IS IT CALLED PALLAY PONCHO MOUNTAIN?
According to various investigations carried out on the site, the multicolored tones of the mountain are similar to the ponchos used in Peru. The poncho is an ancestral and contemporary garment that crosses borders and times. This garment is made by both men and women, with very striking colors and geometric designs that explain their thinking and ideology of the people of the Andes, in these ponchos they capture their plants, gods, birds, and daily life.
Normally the ponchos are woven from the wool of sheep, llamas, alapacas. They are dyed with natural dyes extracted from minerals and wild plants. In the case of the Apu ta’cllo Mountain, it is similar to the poncho of the Andes of Cusco, whose warping style is called Pallay.
WHY DOES PALLAY PONCHO MOUNTAIN HAVE THOSE COLORS?
The colors of the Pallay Poncho mountain are due to its mineral composition: the pink color is due to the red clay, mud-stones (mud) and arilites (sand). whitish, due to the white quartz sandstone. The different browns and purples, due to limonites and marls, rich in calcium carbonate.
The red is formed by clays (iron) and clays belonging to the upper tertiary. The green is due to the compound of phyllites and clays rich in ferro magnesium. The earthy brown is a product of the fanglomerate formed by rock with manganese from the Quaternary. Finally, the mustard yellow color due to the calcareous sandstones rich in sulfur minerals.
WHAT IS THE DIFFICULTY OF MOUNTAIN PALLAY PONCHO?
Walking for 3 or 4 hours (depending on the physical condition of the walker) is not dangerous and requires moderate-high physical effort. There are sections of steep slopes up and down. However, one of the biggest difficulties is the cold weather and the icy wind. The altitude of the area can cause altitude sickness or soroche. 2 days in the city of Cusco are recommended to acclimatize.