When it comes to Peru tourism, people often think of famous places like Machu Picchu. However, there is one more natural wonder in this country that explorers always want to visit once, that is Vinicunca mountain, also known by its more beautiful name “Bridge mountain” rainbow”.
Vinicunca is 4876 m above sea level, is a mountain in the Andes and is located in the southeast, about 100km from the city of Cusco, Peru. Unlike the rocky mountains or covered by forests, this mountain gives us a completely different feeling when wearing a colorful “clothing” even though there is not a shadow of trees around.
Vinicunca mountain with many alternating color bands creates a wonderful scene
Why is Vinicunca so colorful?
Like other mountains, Vinicunca is actually a natural rock formation. However, the climatic conditions and the difference in mineral composition in the soil have caused this mountain to form such color bands on its own.
The mountain is divided into 5 main color bands
According to geological experts, this mountain has been covered with snow and ice for a long time. Until the 90s, the melting of the glaciers created the multicolored phenomenon of this mountain.
In particular, the main colors that the naked eye can see most clearly on Vinicunca are usually: pink, white, red, blue, yellow. Pink is a combination of red clay mixed with sand and mudstone, blue is a combination of phylite and magnesium clay, yellow is from sulfide-rich lime sandstone and finally white is from sandstone combined with other minerals. rocks containing calcium carbonate.
The melting of the ice has made the mountain unique as it is today
Journey to discover the world’s most surreal “rainbow”
It is known that the Incas here discovered this wonderful mountain a long time ago. However, they have no intention of commercializing this wonder by promoting tourism. It was not until about 5 years ago that Vinicunca began to gain more attention when mountaineering enthusiasts posted on social networks magical and majestic images of this special mountain.
The mountain tour requires visitors to be in good health to be able to walk and climb over the high hills
Although it has become famous, visiting and admiring the Rainbow Mountain is not easy as it requires tourists to have excellent health and certain knowledge about climbing and survival, including when camel delivery service was launched here.
Accordingly, in order to set foot on the mountain with 7 color bands, visitors have to go through quite a challenging journey. During the trip, while traveling to the mountain, others will have the opportunity to traverse the hills, visit small towns and typical indigenous villages and discover the culture of the community. here.
Visitors can also discover the culture and characteristics of the indigenous people when visiting Vinicunca
Source: Rainbow Mountain Peru
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