Pallay Poncho Mountain Day Trek: Spectacular Views Await

Discover the breathtaking landscapes and panoramic views from Pallay Poncho Mountain in this rewarding one-day trek.

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Cusco, Peru


1 Day




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Embark on the 1-Day Pallay Poncho Mountain Trek, a vibrant journey to one of Cusco’s lesser-known yet equally stunning rainbow mountains. This trek offers a unique opportunity to experience the kaleidoscopic beauty of the Andean landscape, where nature’s palette comes alive in an array of brilliant colors. As you traverse this captivating terrain, you’ll be enveloped by a spectrum of hues, from deep reds and bright yellows to rich purples and earthy greens, each shade telling a story of the mountain’s geological history.

This excursion is an ideal choice for those who yearn to discover the hidden gems of the Cusco region in a condensed timeframe. It’s not just a physical journey but a visual feast that captures the essence of the Andean spirit. From the tranquil shores of the Langui Lagoon to the striking vistas atop Pallay Poncho Mountain, the trek is a continuous showcase of natural wonders. You’ll tread through diverse landscapes, witness local fauna in their natural habitat, and stand in awe at the mountain’s panoramic views, making this one-day trek a memorable expedition that highlights the majestic beauty and cultural richness of the Andes.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM - 04:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Langui Lagoon, Layo, Pallay Punchu of Apu Taqllo, Andes Mountain Range
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your adventure begins with an early morning pickup from your Cusco accommodation, setting the tone for an extraordinary day ahead. Enjoy the scenic 2.5-hour drive to Cusipata, where a warm, hearty breakfast awaits to fuel your adventure. This first stop is more than just a meal; it's an opportunity to invigorate your senses in preparation for the trek.

From Cusipata, we journey toward Sicuani, but not without a pause to marvel at the serene beauty of the Langui Lagoon. Its cerulean waters offer a tranquil prelude to the day's excitement. Our path then leads us to Layo, the gateway to your thrilling trek.

As we commence the two-hour uphill hike, the landscape unfolds into a tapestry of verdant pastures and striking red terrains. This is nature's playground, where indigenous fauna like alpacas and llamas roam freely. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of rare birds, such as kestrels, or the chance to witness the majestic Andean condor soaring above.

Reaching the apex of our hike, the Pallay Punchu of Apu Taqllo, is a moment of true wonder. This geological marvel is a symphony of colors, with hues of red, brown, yellow, and ocher etched into the earth by nature's hand. Standing over 4,600 meters above sea level, you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the Langui Lagoon and the distant Andes mountains. It's a moment of awe, a time to soak in the magnificence of the world from an extraordinary vantage point.

Following our descent, Layo welcomes us back. Here, you have the choice of how to refuel: indulge in a picturesque lakeside picnic, embracing panoramic views, or savor a meal at a charming, rustic restaurant in Sicuani. Both options offer a chance to reflect on the day's journey and to relish the local flavors.

Your adventure concludes with a relaxing drive back to Cusco, leaving you with memories of a day filled with unforgettable experiences and the stunning landscapes of Pallay Poncho Mountain.

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Tour Highlights

  • Pallay Poncho Mountain’s Rainbow Colors: Experience the breathtaking display of nature’s artistry on the slopes of Pallay Poncho Mountain, characterized by its vivid, rainbow-like striations.

  • Scenic Drive Through the Andes: Enjoy a picturesque 2.5-hour drive from Cusco, passing through changing landscapes that offer a glimpse into the region’s diverse geography.

  • Visit to Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary: Start the day with an encounter with Andean wildlife, including a chance to see the majestic Andean Condor, at the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary.

  • Langui Lagoon’s Serenity: Pause to admire the tranquil beauty of the Langui Lagoon, a serene water body that mirrors the sky and surrounding landscapes.

  • Cultural Immersion in Layo: Layo serves as the starting point for the trek, offering insights into local life and customs in the Andes.

  • Diverse Flora and Fauna: Trek through diverse ecosystems, spotting local wildlife like llamas, alpacas, and possibly rare birds, including kestrels and the Andean condor.

  • Geological Marvels: Witness the stunning geological formations along the trek, showcasing the earth’s vibrant natural colors and patterns.

  • Panoramic Mountain Views: Revel in unparalleled views from the summit, encompassing the vast expanse of the Andes and the shimmering Langui Lagoon.


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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

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In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Peru Tripper adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Peru Tripper is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Pallay Poncho Mountain Trek. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Pallay Poncho Mountain Trek, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

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Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Peru Tripper office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Peru Tripper offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

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