Palccoyo Rainbow Mountains: the colourful alternative of Vinicunca
This Valley full of Rainbow Mountains has been recently discovered and opened up to tourists. Avoid the crowds and experience the colourful mountains of the region!
With its geographical proximity to Cusco, day trips can easily be arranged. Tour operators and agencies increasingly organise trips to this magnificent mountain range to serve the growing number of tourists. However, ever since tourism has been booming, problems have arisen. Tourists complain that the mountain has become overcrowded, taking away the magic of the place. Adding to that is the environmental destruction of the fragile alpine landscape that occurs from exceeding the carrying capacity. Finally, in spite of the economic benefits created, the nearby local communities are becoming fed up with the large influx of tourists and their loss of control over “their mountains”. The efforts of the government to restore peace have been unsuccessful thus far.
The question remains whether this place will retain its authenticity and off-the-beaten path image. A lot will depend on how much the government and tour operators have learned from their past…