Vinicunca Mountain, Peru
Instagrammers the world over are going somewhere over the rainbow… Rainbow Mountain to be precise. This 16,000-foot multicoloured majestic marvel may be a long hard climb but you’ll be rewarded at the top.
Vinicunca Mountain also called Monta’a de Siete Colores, Monta’a de Colores or Rainbow Mountain, is located in the Andes of Peru with an altitude of 5,200 meters above sea level. Its colours are formed by the striations of mineral deposits within the sandstone rock, previously hidden under a thick layer of ice. You need to be seriously prepared to hike Vinicunca mountain, as this level of altitude is certainly not like anything you’re used to and you can lack of oxygen at the top, which is the reason you’re only allowed to stay at the summit for 10-20 minutes.
It’s recommended to hike with a guide and spend a few days in Cusco (4 hours drive away and known as the ‘gateway to Machu Picchu’ – another ideal place for the ‘gram) first to acclimatise to the altitude. Vinicunca Mountain is the second most visited attraction in the Peru after Machu Picchu so you’ll have to go to photos spots at the right time if you don’t want a large group of tourists in your shot.