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Pallay Poncho Mountain Trek Full Day Tour Cusco – Peru

Pallay Poncho Mountain Trek Full Day Tour, Cusco - Peru
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12 people


English, Espanol, Português


Pallay Poncho Mountain Trek 

1 day Tour.

Pallay Poncho is a new attraction of the Cusco. This mountain is known as the Pallay Puncho Apu Tacllo or Sharp Pointed Hill. This mountain is similar to the Rainbow Mountain Peru. The landscape is most beautiful and near you will find the small lake.

The Pallay Punchu Apu Tacllo are located in the district of Layo, Canas – Cusco.

The altitude is 4700m /154200 ft.

From Cusco to the Layo is 4 hrs driving.

The communities near to the Pallay Punchu Mountain or Pallay Poncho also know it as Pallay Punchu del Apu Tákllo, Condor Sayana, Apacheta. Its characteristics that stand out of this mountain are the sharp peaks that it possesses, this place was recently discovered by the communities that live in this area thus turning it into the third Rainbow Mountain! located in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cusco.

The mountains were formed due to the geological, from which we can view the variety of colors that it has, such as red, brown, magenta and others that make it even more special, as well as being accompanied by the impressive “Langui” or Layo Lake”.

Useful Information: Pallay Poncho Mountain Trek Full Day Tour

  • Begin from: Cusco
  • End in: Cusco
  • Duration: 01 Day
  • Daily departures from our office in Cusco.
  • Hours: 04: am to 18:00 pm (Group Service leaves from our Office)
  • Pick up from Hotel for Private Groups (04:00)
  • This is a MUST DO tour in Cusco – NOT to be missed !

About Pallay Poncho Mountain.

The Pallay Poncho Apu Tacllo mountain (also called condor sayana) is one of the new tourist destinations in Cusco, is located in Peru, in the Cusco region, Canas province in the town of Layo.  The Pallay Poncho Mountain is located 194 km from the city of Cusco and it takes approximately 14 hours to go and return, 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.

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.

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.

The colors of the Pallay Poncho Mountain.

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.

Group Service Price:

    US$160  per person  (just included the tour guide and transportation), Pick up from your hotel.

Private Service Price:

    US$180 for the whole group (up to 8 people), Not per person!
    Aditional person: USD 15.00

 **   Please NOTE: Private Tours are 100% run by Inkaland while in the Group Service if there are 6 or less people in the group will be conducted by our partners.

This is a Must DO tour in Cusco!

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  • 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.

What you will do

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Pre-tour briefing:Pallay Poncho Mountain Trek Full Day Tour

We’ll meet you at your hotel lobby in Cusco the night before the “Pallay Poncho Mountain Trek Full Day Tour ” to go over the itinerary and you’ll able to take this opportunity to ask final questions and make any final preparations. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trek begins. In case you can´t at this time “please let us know” to coordinate another time.

DAY 1: Pallay Poncho Mountain Trek Full Day Tour

Cusco – Layo, Canas - Pallay Poncho – Cusco

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 4:00 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 you need to take to Pallay Poncho Mountain Trek Full Day Tour

For this one-day activity, try to bring the most essential trekking implements, a good feather or nylon jacket that keeps you warm, excellent hiking shoes, gloves, sunglasses, a small backpack, and extra money in soles for your personal expenses. And most importantly, bring the best adventurous spirit, always drawing the best smile for the wonders that THE PALLAY PONCHO MOUNTAIN.


While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.


  • English speaking guide, plus an assistant guide for a big group.
  • Private transportation to and from your hotel in Cusco.
  • Entrance fees to Pallay Poncho Mountain.
  • Pick up and drop off from the hotel.
  • First aid kit, including oxygen.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions.
  • Additional Services
  • Insurance
  • Drink
  • Tips



Activity's Location

Pallay Poncho Mountain Trek Full Day Tour, Cusco - Peru


The name Pallay Punchu Apu Tacllo comes from the multiple colors of the mountain that closely resembles the ponchos used in the Peruvian highlands, a very typical Peruvian garment.
The best season to visit Pallay Punchu Mountain is from March to October where there is a dry climate without rain. In the month of November to February it is advisable to always wear a rain poncho and be warm.
We offer tours to go there, by yourself is almost impossible, At the moment you will not find many transports that provide services to the Pallay Puchu mountain, you can hire a private car service or with your own transport.

The departure time from Cusco is around 4:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. where we travel for a period of time of approximately 3 hours, in the direction of Layo.

After arriving at the Layo district, you will travel for about 20 more minutes by transport to the parking lot. Our walk of 2 to 3 hours of ascent begins here, the time will depend a lot on the physical condition of each one.

During the walk, as we go up, we will have an amazing view of Lake Layo and its surrounding mountains.

When you get to the esplanade on the slopes of the mountain you can already have an impressive view of Pallay Punchu.

Being on top of the mountain you will have a spectacular view of Lake Layo.

After your tour you can return to the same point of departure to return to Cusco.

Throughout the trip you will be able to observe beautiful landscapes and animals in the area. In addition, very close to the Paylla Punchu mountain you can see a beautiful lagoon, this makes this mountain look spectacular and is a very attractive destination.
Yes. The tour and our entire itinerary comply with biosafety rules and protocols which can be reviewed in our manual.
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