What is Rainbow Mountain Peru?
Welcome to the official website of Rainbow Mountain Peru, originally known as Vinicunca, found in the Andes mountains of Peru.
What is Rainbow Mountain known for?
TOP FACTS. Rainbow Mountain is at an altitude of more than half of Mount Everest. It is also known as Vinicunca, a word originating from Peru’s native tongue Quechua, which translates to “colored mountain”. The mountain is made up of 14 different, colorful minerals.
How do I get to Rainbow Mountain?
All tours to Rainbow Mountain leave from the city of Cusco, the former capitol of the Inca Empire and the closest major city to Machu Picchu and many of Peru’s most famous attractions. After departing from Cusco your tour will take you on a 2-hour drive south of the city to the town of Pitumarca.
Why is Vinicunca known as Rainbow Mountain?
In the last couple of years, tourism to Vinicunca, often referred to as Rainbow Mountain, has exploded. The mountain got its nickname due to its mineral composition which creates seven different colours; for example the red is iron and the yellow is sulphur.
How to get to Rainbow Mountain Peru?
This is the most popular option when it comes to trekking up to Rainbow Mountain Peru – particularly if done with an operator. An early start from Cusco is advised, driving for roughly 3 hours to Pitumarca. Then it is suggested to travel to Qesoyuno for the start of the trek.
What is the weather like on Rainbow Mountain?
For example, the Rainbow Mountain is located at 5200 meters above sea level, which means we are 5200 meter closer to the Sun and that is why you feel “the burn” of the sunshine. The temperature can drop to 0 °C (32 °F) between June and August.
How was the Rainbow Mountain of Cusco formed?
The classic rainbow mountain of Cusco or Vinicunca, was formed approximately 24 million years ago with sediments or minerals such as gravel, halite, sandstone and limestone from different colors such as red, yellow, ocher, purple, green, pink, blue , etc.
What wild animals can you see on the Rainbow Mountain?
If you go to the rainbow mountain, you will probably see Llamas and Alpacas because they are domesticated animals however, it is hard to see the wild animals.