The Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, is located a few hours away from the city of Cusco, in the Cusipata district. This enigmatic work of nature wasn’t discovered until 2015, and since then, it is one of the principal tourist attractions in Cusco.
It is a spectacular, colorful, and particularly magnificent mountain found in the high Andes of Peru. What distinguishes Rainbow Mountain from other Andean mountains is its vibrant variety of colors. This mountain is rich in rare minerals that cause the coloration of the rainbow. Rainbow Mountain is full of layers of yellow, orange, red, and turquoise. Each color comes from a different mineral, for example, yellow indicates iron sulfide and red comes from iron oxide. Completely impressive, like a dream landscape on Earth.
Although the other Andean mountains probably have similar colorations underneath their exterior, Rainbow Mountain stands out. This is because its exterior has been literally erased. According to locals, the mountain was completely covered in snow, but due to weather changes, the snow melted. So the mountain’s unique mineralogy exposed the colors to the world creating this rainbow effect. We believe that Rainbow Mountain belongs to a fascinating fairy tale. So there is no doubt that your tours in Peru will surprise you more than you expect. In case you are on solo travel, you can also enjoy this wonderful attraction.