Waqrapukara the archaeological site is located in the District of Acos, Province of Acomayo, Department of Cusco. It is strategically located joining the Apurimac valley and the Pomacanchi plateau, it is a cultural landscape with cognitive elements of wisdom and power, where two rocky protuberances rise, with an architecture camouflaged with carved stones adapted to the monument, walled with walls of semicircular containment, with stairways, trapezoidal windows and niches, enclosures, accesses to small spaces, a central plaza facing east with trapezoidal constructions with one, double and triple jambs, including a stone for ceremonies or “Waka” and a “Machay” or cave; All these elements are found at the foot of the rocky protuberances, whose architectural characteristics make us infer that this space was ceremonial and sacred and probably had other functions for its time.
This archaeological complex called Waqrapukara. According to researcher Dr. Victor Angles Vargas, etymologically it comes from two words, waqra means horn and the word pukara means fortress or barracks. In short, this word waqrapukara means fortress in the form of a horn. It was a residence of the nobility of this place; with astronomical observatories and at the same time it was a protected religious center with watchtowers and underground paths.

To the southeast of the city of Cusco, imposing Singrenacocha lake that changes its color three times a year between shades of turquoise, blue and light green, this beautiful lake is located 100 km from the city of Cusco with a height of 4450m; in the Vilcanota mountain range, very close to the Ausangate Mountain, between the districts of Ocongate and Marcapata, at a distance of 3 hours by bus from the imperial city of Cusco, Singrenacocha Lake  is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Cusco region, it is a source of life that houses in its surroundings some high Andean regions, as well as a rich variety of wildlife typical of this region of Peru, such as; llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, vizcachas, condors, eagle foxes among many others.The way to arrive is mainly through nice paved road, and the end is a dirt road with passing many local villages along the route.

The Singrenacocha lake, is surrounded by spectacular landscapes and mountains that are part of the Vilcanota mountain range, such as the Wallpayuq, Chumpe and Callangate mountains. This singrenacocha lake is little known and visits what makes it more special. Singrenacocha  lake which in Quechua ‘Sigrina’ means Mermaid. From it it is possible to observe the snowy Ausangate.

Moreover, this Singrenacocha lake is more beautiful than Humantay lake, since the entire color is a real turqouise color, and also we see some snow-capped mountains.

Pallay Poncho of  Apu Tacllo mountain (also called  condor sayana) is one of the new tourist destinations in Cusco that was discovered in full quarantine. Located more than 194 kilometers from the city of Cusco, on an elevation summit located at 4,791 meters above sea level, it is a great mountain formation tinged with different tones as a result of the complex combination of minerals. Slopes and summit stand out in various colors, including red, brushed, purple, green, pink, white, and more. Since 2020, this place has received visitors.

With this new destination, we would have 3 colored mountains in the Cusco region: The Vinicunca mountain of 7 colors that is close to the Ausangate mountain, the Palcoyo mountain and the Pallay Poncho mountain.

Palcoyo the new mountain of colors,  the rainbow mountains in Palcoyo are a set of 03 mountains that are located in the Andes mountain range, resting in complete solitude, precisely in the Checacupe district of the province of Canchis in the department of Cusco at a height of 4900 meters above sea level, framed in almost 9000 hectares of beautiful Andean landscapes, whose attractiveness lies in the similarity that it has to the already famous Vinicunca colored mountain, because like this it has a wide mineral composition that results in Multiple colors that together resemble a rainbow whose background is a landscape of snow-capped mountain ranges, which was once a huge Andean glacier, this impressive attraction is also a gift from global warming, since it was within sight when it thawed.

The mountain of Palcoyo is composed of ocher and red colors, with green, blue and white stripes, the dazzling Palcoyo Color Range is visited by a few travelers a day. Reaching it only requires a gentle walk of 1 hour and without unevenness, transforming it into a less demanding alternative than the long trek to Vinicunca. During the stratospheric formation of the earth, the minerals falling by their own weight, formed layers one on top of the other and in the transformation of the earth with earthquakes and movements of tectonic plates. The sedimentary layers in formation were turned into mountains and slopes, exposed to the elements and from there with the passage of time the oxidized minerals gave attractive color tones as seen today. In the same place there is a curious stone forest, which, as its name suggests, is about rock peaks the height of trees that seem a true geological labyrinth.

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.


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