Trek to Pallay Poncho Ultimate Rainbow Mountain 1 Day

MAR 2022 - DEC 2023 Price from $ 150 USD pp $ 170 USD
Trip Type Walking & Trekking
Difficulty Level Leisurely/Moderate
Group Size 2-8 people
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Pallay Poncho of  Apu Tacllo mountain (also called  condor sayana) is one of the new tourist destinations in Cusco that was discovered in full quarantine. Located more than 194 kilometers from the city of Cusco, on an elevation summit located at 4,791 meters above sea level, it is a great mountain formation tinged with different tones as a result of the complex combination of minerals. Slopes and summit stand out in various colors, including red, brushed, purple, green, pink, white, and more. Since 2020, this place has received visitors.

With this new destination, we would have 3 colored mountains in the Cusco region: The Vinicunca mountain of 7 colors that is close to the Ausangate mountain, the Palcoyo mountain and the Pallay Poncho mountain.

INCLUDED IN THE PALLAY PONCHO MOUNTAIN TOUR

  • Transfer from your hotel.
  • Transport: Cusco – Pallay Poncho of Apu Tacllo – Cusco.
  • Professional guide in English / Spanish.
  • Entrance to Pallay Poncho mountain
  • Food: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch.
  • Oxygen tank and first aid kit.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Rain poncho (can be purchased anywhere in town or along the trail)
  • Personal emergency horse.
  • Walking stick (optional)
  • Tips for the team (optional)
  • Dinner
  • Explore the  impressive mountain range of sharp points, geological formations sculpted by the passage of time; resembling an Andean poncho (typical Andean clothing) with colored pigments such as: magenta, brown and red, the varied pigmentation of the soil provided an incredible view of this place.
  • Discover little visited places, where the ancestral customs and traditions of the Quechua peoples are still maintained. Those who are dedicated to the cultivation of potatoes, and raising South American camelids such as the llama, alpaca.
  • Visit the great lagoon of Layo, where you can enjoy the delicious local cuisine, such as grilled trout, baked guinea pig, ram on a stick.
  • This tour is only organized in private service, so a minimum of two people is required. You will have a bilingual local guide (Spanish-English) with a lot of experience, at all times.
  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Medical and health information’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more important details about altitude sickness.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 4700 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 4 hrs

Our Adventure begins in the City of Cusco picking you up at 4:30 am (time we will pick you up at your hotel) by our Guide together with our carrier. Then we go to the small town of Cusipata, where we will have breakfast. We will continue the trip to the beautiful Laguna de Langui and the small town of Layo. During the tour, we will see beautiful landscapes and animals, such as llamas, alpacas, and some towns in the region.

When we get to Layo, we’ll start climbing the mountain; The approximate walking time is 3 to 4 hours, and above 4 thousand meters, we will enjoy the panoramic views, such as the flora and fauna that this beautiful region offers us, finally we will arrive at our destination “Pallay Poncho of Apu T’ acllo or Mountain of sharp points”. Once there, we will have considerable time to enjoy this incredible place.

After visiting Pallay Poncho of Apu T’acllo, we will return to the small town of Layo, where our transport awaits us, back to the city of Cusipata, where we will have lunch, we will make some stops at the viewpoints to see the landscapes that this region offers us. .

The trip ends in the city of Cusco at night 18:00pm.

WHAT TO BRING TO THE TOUR OF PALLAY PONCHO MOUNTAIN

To carry out these adventures in the Andes of Peru, you should always be very well prepared with the most appropriate trekking equipment, that means having the most comfortable implements, such as good trekking shoes, feather jackets, and rain jackets. Gloves and scarves to protect yourself from the cold. Remember that this route crosses places at more than 4000 meters, where most of the year the temperatures during the mornings are only 5 C°, and during the winter months they reach -8C°. A very important piece of information is to have your travel insurance that covers spaces at high altitude, in cases of emergency this insurance will be very useful at the time of your evacuation.

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ALL ABOUT THE PALLAY PONCHO MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE

Always try to be well informed before starting any trekking activity in the Andes of Peru. Since each trekking circuit has different characteristics, in terms of climate, height, accessibility, etc. That is why we provide the answers to the most frequently asked questions by our community of travelers. If any question is not on this list, you can send us to our mail, and our collaborators will be happy to help you.

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.

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

MAR 2022 - DEC 2023 Price from
$ 150 USD Per Person $ 170 USD
Note

To book this tour, a minimum of $ 150 USD per person is required, the remaining balance will be paid upon arrival in Peru, at the Cusco office.

Any other additional information, please coordinate with your travel agent.

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  • " Great coordination from Miriam starting with orientation meeting and individualized attention via whatsapp. The hike to MP from km 104 was tough but lovely and Javier was a great guide with humor and knowledgeable. After 11km hiking we arrived to the Sun gate around 2pm and went down for the 1st visit to MP. Dinner in Aguas Calientes and early wake up to enter MP at 6am which was still very peaceful. It cannot get much better. great vale for money! "

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  • " We feel the genuine and warmth welcome of the city and the people in it, as if they treat us like family (especially our porters and our guide Alex). We are deeply grateful for all the help and patience they've extended to reach out to us. And forever grateful for the life's lessons learned and the experience. This adventure for sure will made an imprint in our hearts and in our life's journey, that we are very much willing to share it with our own family, friends and love ones. "

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There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
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We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
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