Most mountains are noticed and appreciated due to their grandeur, however Vinicunca, or Rainbow Mountain, has different colourful traits that make it particular and a must-visit.
Whenever you gaze on the silent peaks coexisting with nature, a way of serenity washes over most of us. Along with peak, location, and different traits used to explain mountains, colour could also be one in every of them. When gazing at Rainbow Mountain in Peru, you’ll most undoubtedly see precisely why it obtained that title and marvel how one thing so out-of-this-world may even exist.
What’s Rainbow Mountain?
Vinicunca, or Rainbow Mountain, will be discovered close to Cusco, Peru, on the best way to the southern mountains of the Vilcanota Mountain Vary in Cusco, dwelling of the Ausangate Mountain, (6384 m / 20,945 ft) the fifth highest mountain in Peru.
These mountains are fashioned from colourful sediment that give it the distinctive vary of colours that fascinates everybody. This space has grow to be more and more common amongst guests, and its recognition will solely proceed to rise.
Nature’s creative hand has sketched a deal with for our eyes born from a palette of thousands and thousands of years of fixed geological transformations. GeologyIn state that: “the realm has 4 main geological options, the Andean uplift fashioned by Granites, the hanging glaciers and glacial erosional valleys, the Permian formation with its singular colours: pink, ochre, blue and turquoise and the Cretaceous, limestone forests.”
How do you get to Vinicunca?
Vacationers will begin the journey by highway from Cusco, and as soon as on the base it takes six hours on common, by foot, to achieve the highest.
The stroll begins from the close by village of Quesuno (4,326 m / 14,189 ft.), a typical Andean village made up of llama and alpaca herders, the place the folks have stored alive their most necessary technique of survival since pre-Columbian occasions.
The path to Vinicunca is a problem price embarking on. You’ll climb a steep ascent of 5 miles / 8km from Quesuno to the very best level of the Vinicunca mountains (5,020 m / 16,466 ft). Just be sure you are correctly acclimated to do that hike, it’s actually a breath-taking vacation spot. The hike is strenuous (the altitude of this place is far larger than the Useless Girl’s Go on the Inca path). However if you happen to take the required precautions- stroll at your tempo, hydrate and use altitude illness prevention) there shouldn’t be any huge drawback.
What are our suggestions for this journey?
The perfect time to go is through the winter within the Southern Hemisphere (summer time for the US). If you’re fortunate sufficient to be there in Might/June, through the celebrations of the pilgrimage to Qoyllur Rit’i, then you can be a witness to the reverence that the Andean folks pay to their mountain gods (Apus).
The Rainbow Mountain Ausangate trek is a hikers’ paradise if you’re on the lookout for a multi-day exercise. Regardless of how or once you resolve to go there, this place is definitely one factor so as to add to your bucket listing.
Carry meals and water with you, though you possibly can count on snacks to be bought by small distributors. Altitude illness can play a task in any ascent, so be sure to acclimatize earlier than you enterprise to this space. In the event you intend to remain the evening within the space, be certain to pack heat garments, as it might get very chilly at evening.
Watch this drone footage earlier than your journey!
When you accomplish the feat of reaching the highest, absorb the whole lot. Don’t bury your self in a digicam or smartphone for quite a lot of moments, as a result of most teams will solely spend 30 to 40 minutes on the high. When you begin your ascent, you’ll be swept up within the distinctive journey. Don’t overlook to take some photos and inform us how your journey went!
Cowl photograph: Flickr: Frank Plamann