Everything about Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain
The Mountain of the Seven Colors of Palccoyo is a set of peaks dyed in colors, due to a process of mineralization during millions of years. I’ts a great alternative to the Vinicunca Rainbow mountain. The views of these mountains are absolutely spectacular and on clear days, you can see the snow-capped peak of Ausangate and many more glaciated mountains in the distance.
Besides being a natural attraction of incomparable beauty, the Mountain of the Seven Colors is a natural habitat for various types of animals such as llamas, alpacas, vizcachas, condors and you can hike to the Rock or Stone Forest (Bosque de Piedras).
Location: The Mountain of the Seven Colors of Palccoyo is located south of Cusco, a short distance from the snowy Ausangate, in the Andes Mountains of Peru. It is currently located in the district of Checacupe, province of Canchis.
Altitude: Palccoyo is located at 4,900 meters above sea level (msnm), 300 meters at a lower altitude than the Mountain of the 7 Colors Vinicunca (5,200 meters above sea level).
How is the weather?
The weather in Palccoyo rainbow mountain in Perú depends of the rain season.
During the rain season between December to April, the wethers is very cold, the temperature in many times is below zero degrees Celsius. Snow falls most of the time and access is more difficult during this season.
And during the season of NO rains, it is not as cold as in the rainy season, and we have many icy winds, some days may snow falls, but not always.
When is the best time to visit the mountain?
The best time to visit the area is during the dry season (April to October). In those months, rains occurs less frequently, making the trip easier. However keep in mind that weather is unpredictable especially at high altitude. It can rain and even snow during the dry months and conditions can be cold and windy. So you will want to be prepared for many conditions.
· It is recommended to acclimatize to the climate of Cusco before visiting the Mountain of Palccoyo. Otherwise, the visitor may suffer the so-called altitude sickness.
· This mountain is a tourist attraction that receives few visitors every day. It is recommended to follow the indicated route and avoid looking for another different route.
· It is advised to find out how the weather in Palccoyo is located before booking a tour to the Mountain of the 7 Colors. The cold can cause the entire area to be covered in snow and the tour ruined.
· Bring and use sunscreen. Being at such high altitude will get you sunburned fast. At a higher altitude it is easier to become burnt, because there is less of the earth’s atmosphere to block the sunlight. So make sure to pack and use your sunscreen.
The trekking route to this mountain is not as challenging as the Vinicunca. That is why the Palccoyo is a great option for people who do not feel capable of making the difficult walk to the Mountain of the 7 Colors.
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