Rainbow Mountain of Peru
Peru’s ‘Painted Mountain’ beckons tourists, trekkers and local people alike. Located 100km from Cusco — in the country’s spectacular Andes — this is a remote spot that is difficult to get to. But those who do make the long and challenging trek have no doubts that it was well worth the effort. Its official name is Ausangate, but most know it as the ‘Rainbow Mountain’. It is an apt nickname.
Exposed to the elements, Ausangate’s colourful mineral layers are there for all to see. It’s a spectacular sight, for sure. The Rainbow Mountain might appear impossible, but this is all too real. Geologists have provided clear scientific explanations for the mountain’s eye-catching appearance, but for local people, this is a mythical place. Long woven into Incan folklore, this is a sacred spot that continues to draw worshippers. Like to join them? The trek is long and challenging, but it’s well worth the effort.