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Vinicunca – the «Rainbow Mountain»

Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca is part of the Vilcanota mountain range with the greatest concentration of snow-capped peaks in Peru. The melting of the glaciers Vinicuncarevealed an enchanting high mountain landscape with valleys, lakes and a colorful mountain ridge. The colored stripes make the mountain appear like a rainbow on earth. Vinicunca is the Spanish adaptation of the Quechua word winikunka, meaning «colored mountain».
Minerals that give the mountain its colors: red clay, quartz sandstone, marl, calcium carbonate, iron, clay, phyllites, iron-magnesium, magnesium, limestone, sulfur minerals.


Geographical location

About 100 km southeast of Cusco.


Altitude

5200 m.

Climate

The temperature varies little throughout the year around 4°C and can drop below 0°C. In the dry season from April to October dry without precipitation. Foggy and rainy with frequent rainfall in the rainy season from November to March.

 

Vinicunca

Photo: ANDINA.



Travel programs:
Vinicunca   PTW-CUS006

Vinicunca – the rainbow mountain

Whole day

Hike from Pitumarca to Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca. View of Ausangate's main peak, which is almost entirely covered in snow.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     










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