Pallay Punchu Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

Pallay Punchu/Vinicunca & 7 lagoons of Ausangate

3 Days Tour

Pallay Punchu/Vinicunca & 7 lagoons of Ausangate

$860 per person

Those are the two most photogenic spots in Cusco Region, and a lesser know but as impressive.
What a place for photographers that love to play with perspectives and gorgeous/unreal landscapes.

If you are willing to escape the conventional and touristic roads leading to Vinicunca mountain during the day, this 3 Day tour is for you. You will be the only ones upthere for sunrise, and the only ones up in Pallay Punchu for Sunset.

Also known as Pallay Punchu of the Apu Tákllo Apacheta, it is a destination that, presents sharper mountains, , we can also observe one of the largest lakes of Cusco (Langui), which makes a unique and incredible place.

The Pallay Punchu mountain is located in the district of Layo, province of Canas, Cusco at about 4700 m.a.s.l.

It takes about 4 to 5 hours by car departing from the city of Cusco. The walk up there is quite easy. Most of the time we can access until the top by car.

Adding the 7 lagoons of Ausangate to your trip would allow you an Astro-Photography session below the Milky Way as well as facing one of the most important glacier of Peru.

The next day, the morning trek through the 7 lagoons will fill your eyes and lenses with unique compositions.


860 USD per person. Based on a minimum of 2.
Solo Tour from 1490 USD.
Big Group prices on demand.


  • Your Photography gear.
  • Warm clothes for the night and the morning ( gloves, beanie, winter jackets, winter socks ) Rain coat in case of bad luck. Good comfortable walking shoes.
  • Headlamp for walking in the dark, essential!
  • Sharp eyes and your smile!


  • Mid-range zoom to cover a variety of focal lengths
  • Wide angle for landscape opportunities and astro-photography (f 2.8 or wider works best)
  • Tripod for landscape shots and astro
  • Filters for landscapes (ND, Grad ND and CPL recommended)
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  • Departure/Return Location
    Your hotel in Cusco
  • Departure Time
  • Return Time
  • What to wear
    Comfortable seasonal clothing and shoes
  • Included
    Entrance Fees
    Photo Assistance
  • Not Included
    Local Flights

Tour Plan

Day 1
8h30 - Cusco We will pick-up you up from your hotel or hostel and depart from Cusco.
10h00 - Checacupe Stop in Checacupe to visit the Inca bridge and bathroom break as well as breakfast.
14h30 – Pallay Punchu Arrival to the beautiful place – Enjoy your time upthere. Follow the tips of your guide or feel free to wander around as much as needed. Lunch break will also be needed.
18h00 - Back to Sicuani Start the Drive back to Sicuani, where you will spend the night in a 3 stars hotel.
19h30 - Dinner Dinner at your hotel, and a good night of sleep will be well deserved.
Day 2
1h00-3h00 - Departure Depending on the month and the weather, you will agree with your guide at what time you will get up to catch the Sunrise in Vinicunca.
5h00 – Sunrise at Vinicunca Enjoy your time upthere, we will get down when you are done.
9h00 – Breakfast/Lunch Stop in a very good restaurant to fill our belly before driving back to Cusco.
13h00 - Drive to Pacchanta
16-17h - Arrival in Pacchanta
Settle in your rooms, and enjoy the natural hot-tubs facing the Glacier of Ausangate.
19h00 - Dinner Typical Peruvian dinner cooked by our host Jose-Luis. Vegetarian options available.
20-21h - Astro Photo Session
Day 3
4h00-7h00 - Departure after breakfast for the 7 lagoons trek. The time departure will depend of the season/weather/ and your physical condition. The earliest we start, the best light will be available at the lagoons.
After Lunch, we will drive back to Cusco
17h00 - Arrival in Cusco.

Tour Location

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, also known as Montaña de Siete Colores or "Mountain of Seven Colors", is a breathtaking natural wonder located in the Andes of Peru. It is a popular tourist destination and trekking site, known for its vibrant, multicolored peaks. The Rainbow Mountain is part of the Vilcanota mountain range and is approximately 5,000 meters above sea level. The Rainbow Mountain's unique and vibrant colors are the result of mineral deposits, including copper, iron, and other minerals, that have been exposed over time due to erosion. The different colors are easily visible and create a stunning, layered effect. The mountain's colors change with the sunlight, making it even more visually stunning during sunrise and sunset. It is important to note that the Rainbow Mountain is located in a remote and high-altitude area, so it is essential to be prepared for the trek with appropriate gear and supplies. Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain is a truly unique and awe-inspiring destination that is a must-visit for nature lovers, trekkers, and travelers exploring Peru.