The Rainbow Mountains in Cusco, aside from Machu Picchu, are one of the most famous places in this region of Peru. There are not many people that know there are a few trails in the region that leads to these colorful peaks. Thanks to this, you can spend time at this colorful destination without tons of tourists. As long as you take the road less traveled. Additionally there is one trail which can be traversed downhill on a bike starting at 4,820 m. above sea level.
You can experience these two wonderful attractions in just one day. Discover with us the Cusco region of Peru from a slightly different perspective.
Rainbow Mountians in Cusco and bicycle trips – Palcoyo
The less popular (but not less beautiful) rainbow mountain in Cusco is named, Palcoyo. It is available not only for those who love trekking, but also for those who cannot walk long distances (or simply don’t want to). That is why we love this place so much. It is an approachable destination for every person of most abilities, even children.
Each time we visit this place, we discover something new. New trails, new places, and new possibilities.We also have opportunities for bicycle enthusiasts!
Ridding downhill from Rainbow Mountains from 4,820 m. above sea level
We tested this route during a perfect April day. Our brave team (who did not expect such adventure) did a very good job. It was very long day, but full of new experiences. Of course, bike riding the whole trail is not possible, due to the elevation.
The bicycle route takes around 2-3 hours. You can extend it by one additional hour in a flat area (if you wish). You will be riding downhill on tarmac from 4,820 m. above sea level to 3,600 m. above sea level. You will meet many alpacas, lamas, and small Andean villages on the way and many great local people who are not connected with tourism businesses in any way.
You can have this experience of bike riding downhill with the Rainbow Mountains in the background, after trekking the mountains themselves. Thanks to this method of travel we are able to enjoy two attractions in one day.
Who is up for it? Join us!
Below you can see our two new vides from the Rainbow Mountains in Palcoyo.
If biking is not your thing, see what are the other options we have in the Cusco region. More details at: Rainbow Mountains and Inca bridge Queswachaka.
Keep in mind that it is not always possible to marvel at the Rainbow Mountains. There are specific months where it would not be an enjoyable trek. If you plan to visit Peruvian Andes, check out our article: Which are the best months for visiting Peru? so you can plan your vacation during the best season.
If you are looking for remote trails and you want to get maximum enjoyment from each day in Peru, contact us!