Peru is always offering new products and incredible places. Even in this particular time that we are living, Peru has time to find new colors; new mountains…new experiences
Pallay Punchu is an incredible color mountain with sharp points, also known as Pallay Puncho, Cerro de Colores that belongs to Apu Taqllo Apacheta is a geological formation. it was oddly discovered during the lockdown in Perú, although it was certainly known to the locals a long time ago it’s a mountainous formation tinged with various shades as a result of the complex combination of minerals. The slopes and summit are highlighted in various colors including red, purple, green, pink, and others. Since 2020, this place has welcomed visitors.
As well as Vinicunca (Seven colors mountain) and Palcoyo (rainbow mountain), Pallay Punchu is a new sharped colored mountain. It is located in the District of Lacayo, Province of Canas, in the south of Cusco at 4,700 m.a.s.l.
The name of Pallay Punch Apu Tacllo comes from the multiple colors of the mountain closely resembles the ponchos used in the Peruvian highlands, a garment very typical in Peru.
To get to this extremely beautiful place you have to go by car/bus and once you start the tour, it takes about 3 and 3.30hrs, depending on the physical conditions and the difference between Vinicunca, Palcoyo, and Pallay Punch is that is this mountain is easier and safe.
From Cusco, you have to travel to Layo town.
The trek starts at the top Pullay Punch mountain and it takes about 3 to 4 hours approximately. On the way to Pallay Poncho you will observe the typical high Andean landscapes and animals of the area and you will be certainly at the top of the world. The journey to this mountain is quite safe although the road has yet to be improved as well as the facilities required for tourists. Also, very close to the Pallay Punchu mountain you can see a beautiful lagoon, this makes this mountain look spectacular and is a very attractive
As this tour starts very early in the morning, the weather is very cold and winds, so, you have to wear a thick jacket, but from midday on, the weather changes to sunny and the best season is from March to October where it has a dry climate without rain. In the month of November to February, it is advisable to always wear a rain poncho and be warm and it is always recommended to carry a wooden stick so that the climb is easier and is not very tiring.
Just to be informed, to this kind of treks, you need to acclimatize to the altitude in Cusco city at least 2 days before the walk, and also it is much better if you have a good physical condition. As you may know, there is an altitude sickness called Soroche which is why you should avoid acclimatization and previous rest. It is also a good idea to drink some Coca teas or a pill for soroche.
For this very special tour, we do recommend making your reservation through a Travel Agency that includes transportation, bilingual guide service, entrance fees, box breakfast, and lunch. If you go on your own there could be problems with the location, sickness altitude, and lack of oxygen. This tour takes normally one day Remember to wear warm clothes, a cap or sunhat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Also, we
suggest to bring:
- Enough water (2 liters per person)
- Resistant trekking shoes
- Waterproof clothing
- Personal medications