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Peru: Rainbow Mountain confirmed as Cusco's hot spot

11:00 | Cusco (Cusco region), Apr. 12.

Peru's wonderful Winikunka (Quechua word for Seven Color Mountain or Rainbow Mountain) has become the place to be while in Cusco. The stunning attraction is getting ready for peak season, seeking to receive more than 1,500 domestic and foreign visitors a day.

According to Cusco's Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur), the peak season starts in the upcoming weeks after the rainy season is over.


Dircetur also informed that —since the end of last year— tour operators have been warned not to operate this route in order to prevent unfortunate events triggered by rain or even snowfall. As is known, the colorful mountain rises at over 5,000 m.a.s.l.

It is worth noting the route has gained considerable importance in recent years because of its natural beauty.

Dircetur Head Guido Quiñonez said that, fortunately, no incidents have been reported so far, probably because of the recommendations to consider weather forecast before embarking on said journey.

The official affirmed that around 1,500 (domestic and foreign) vacationers visit the area every day in peak-season, and this figure is expected to be higher this year.


About Winikunka

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.

Unveiled to the world by global warming ice-melting, the seven color mountain proves an increasingly popular destination in Andean Cusco region.


The mountain is located in Canchis province (Cusco region) and 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.

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Published: 4/12/2019
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