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Pallay Poncho Cusco

Pallay Poncho

The new Pallay Poncho rainbow mountain, is a tourist attraction in the region of Cusco, Layo, it was discovered during the covid-19 pandemic. It is a Peruvian region that is distinguished by its natural and cultural wonders.

Due to its popularity in social networks the mountain pallay punchu has many visitors daily. In this post you will find information to visit the mountain on your own or with a travel agency.

Important Details


The Pallay Poncho Rainbow Mountain is located at 4,700 m.a.s.l., in the district of Layo and the province of Canas. The arrival time to the mountain of Cusco is approximately 3 hours.


Above 4,700 meters above sea level, it was discovered in the middle of a pandemic, in the province of Canas.


During the hike to reach the Pallay Poncho mountain, the weather will change a lot, it depend what time of the year you are going to want to go.

Dry Season

From the parking lot, the weather will be warm as you ascend, the cold will begin, and the mountain will have the presence of winds.

Rainy Season

In this season, since the mountain is new and the road is dirt, it will be difficult to reach the transport, another important point is that there is not yet a road to walk safely, and in the mountain will have the presence of rain with cold winds.

Best time to visit Pallay Poncho

The best time of the year to visit and walk the Pallay Poncho Rainbow Mountain is from April to November, which is the dry season.

It is also important that you are acclimatized, for which it is advisable to acclimatize in the city of Cusco between 1 to 2 days minimum to perform this activity or another activity outside of Cusco, to avoid altitude sickness.

About the name

Its amazing colors and its resemblance to a traditional Andean poncho, quickly rivaled in social networks, where it is assured a huge amount of visitors in 2021.

In the mountain Pallay Punchu you will be able to appreciate the variety of colors that it possesses like, red, brown, magenta and others that make it even more special, besides being accompanied by the impressive lagoon of “Langui”.

How to get to the Pallay Punchu mountain on your own from Cusco

At the moment there are not many cars that provide service to the mountain, you can hire a private car service or with your own transportation.

The hour of departure from Cusco is around 4:00 am to 4:30 where we will make a journey of 3 hours approximately, heading to Layo during the journey there will be roads.

After arriving at the district of Layo, we will make another 20 minute trip by transport to the parking lot. Here we will begin our 2 to 3 hour hike uphill, the time depending on the physical condition of each person.

During the walk, as we ascend we will have an amazing view of Lake Lao and the surrounding mountains.

When arriving at the esplanade of the skirts of the mountain already it will be able to have a view impressive of Pallay Punchu.

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

After your tour you will be able to return to the same point of departure to return to Cusco.

Where to eat?

You can have breakfast in the city of Sicuani which is 1 hour before the arrival to the mountain.

The lunch can also be made returning in Sicuani, or if not also the villagers also prepare for the sale in the parking lot or in the district of layo where you can buy it.

Where to stay?

For the moment if you want to arrive more before or you want to stay one day more, you can make it in the city of Sicuani.

If you are a camp lover there are 2 options where to do it:

  • 1) The first one is at the edge of Lake Lao and enjoy the sunrise.
  • 2) Another option is in the esplanade of Pallay Punchu. But it is necessary that you are accustomed to the camp in high mountain because at night, the frost falls

How to do a tour with a travel agency?

If you do not want to worry about the organization and the meals when visiting the mountain of colors you can opt for the tour to the mountain to Pallay Puncho. Where you will visit with all included

What is the minimum age to visit Pallay Poncho Mountain?

There is no minimum age, but the recommended age is 10 years old, it is a new route and is little harder.


  • One Trekking Shoes
  • Sunscreen (hat, cap, sunblock)
  • Acclimatize for at least 1 to 2 days
  • Trekking poles
  • Being in good physical condition
  • What should I bring ?
  • Extra money (preferably in Peruvian soles)
  • Camera and camcorder to capture the memories
  • Water (it is important to stay hydrated)
  • Coca leaves, to prevent altitude sickness
  • Some Snack’s

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