Rainbow Mountain, Peru

Postcard: Rainbow Mountain, Peru

Rainbow Mountain is a magnificent piece of land that is covered in striking colours. The breathtaking landscape gives a view into millions of years that have passed and caused this popular attraction.

  • Located in the Peruvian Andes about 100 km southeast of Cusco.
  • Located at 5.200 m above sea level.
  • It is also known as Vinicunca, a word originating from Peru’s native tongue Quechua, which translates to “colored mountain”.
  • Other names for Rainbow Mountain are also Winikunka, Montaña de Siete Colores, and Montaña de Colores.
  • This rainbow-like appearance is created by the sediment of minerals throughout the area giving the mountain the turquoise, lavendar, gold and other colors.
  • The mountain is made up of 14 different, colorful minerals.
  • It was only recently discovered due to the snow melting revealing the hidden gem that’s still considered holy by many until this day.
  • Since its discovery, Rainbow Mountain has slowly started gaining popularity and has even been listed in National Geographic’s “Top 100 Places To Visit Before You Die”.
  • The first guided tours to Rainbow Mountain started in January 2016.
  • It is fast becoming the main attraction in Peru, right beside the Machu Picchu.
  • The best weather for trekking Vinincunca is between March and November, with blue skies from June to August.

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