What is the Pallay Punchu Trek of the Apu T’acllo and where is it located?
The Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca is located in Peru, in the Cusco region, province of Sicuani in the town of Layo.
This mountain is a natural formation that shows the whim of nature through kilometers of terrain that are changing its color by the richness in minerals and is from the viewpoint of Pallay Punchu, from where you have a spectacular view of the entire Andes Mountains with its whimsical colors that resemble the Rainbow Mountains.
How high is Pallay Punchu?
The maximum altitude point is 4790 meters above sea level; however, the route starts from the city of Cusco, passing through villages such as Layo and Sicuani until reaching the starting point of the hike called more lakes at 4500 meters above sea level, from where we will ascend to the viewpoint at an altitude of 5000 meters above sea level.
What is the distance and travel time from Cusco to Pallay Punchu?
The Rainbow Mountain is located 162 km from the city of Cusco and it takes approximately 10 hours to reach this place between the trip by car and on foot without counting the stops for food and rest.
Who can do it? Are there Pallay Punchu horses?
The degree of difficulty of this route is intermediate – easy, so it is recommended for people with an optimal physical condition, since the advance could be a little tiring for people who are not used to these high altitude hikes. However, it is possible to rent a horse in the town of Layo with the villagers who offer this service only for people who cannot walk or are not willing to walk for three hours.
However, it is possible to rent a horse in the town of Layo with the villagers who offer this service only for people who cannot walk or are not willing to walk for three hours.
What months of the year and time of the year are the best to visit the Pallay Punchu Trek?
The tour departs every day of the year, being the dry season the most recommended between the months of April to November, however the rest of the months even with the presence of rain and hail (sometimes) offers a view that can only be appreciated with this weather that can be overcome with a rain poncho and good trekking shoes.