Peru's stunning tourist attraction, Winikunka —Quechua for seven color mountain— must be safeguarded and protected for the country and the world, Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra affirmed.
Also known as the Rainbow Mountain, Winikunka stands out for its hillsides and summits, which are striped with colors ranging from turquoise to lavender to maroon and gold.
"The seven color mountain, an important nature conservation area, will be preserved. It is our duty to safeguard and protect a beautiful creation of nature situated in Cusco, a Cultural Heritage of Humanity site," Vizcarra posted on Twitter.
Precisely on Wednesday, Minquest Peru —a mining company owned by Canadian Camino Minerals
— gave up the concession of the mining area containing the world-renowned tourist site.
The measure intends to safeguard the cultural and tourism development integrity of the area, in its capacity as a representative and cultural icon of Peru.
The mining company's decision was communicated to Cusco region Governor Edwin Licona.
Unveiled to the world by global warming ice-melting, the unique Winikunka proves an increasingly popular destination in Andean Cusco region.
Located in Canchis province (Cusco region), the Rainbow Mountain is an innovative option for those seeking natural tourist attractions.
This colorful hill rises at over 5,000 m.a.s.l. and is accessible from a hiking trail that passes through breathtaking landscapes.
And it does not stand alone. The Rainbow Mountain is part of the Vilcanota Mountain range and lies close to the majestic Ausangate snow peak, Peru's fifth highest mountain, at 6,372 m.a.s.l.
Its reddish, greenish, and yellowish shades are the result of sedimentary rocks eroding for millions of years.
While reaching this natural masterpiece is not as lengthy, it does require a plan, healthy physical condition and eagerness to enjoy the various landscapes presented on route to the multi-color summit.