The subtleties of grandeur lies in the things that your DSLR can’t capture. The Rainbow Mountains of Peru, is one such example that has stood the sands of time.
While Machu Picchu is the most famous landmark of Peru, Rainbow Mountains will definitely be memorable for you.
Here are 10 facts you might not know about the Rainbow Mountains of Peru.
1. Its locationThe Vinicunca is a mountain near Cusco in Peru, located near the Ausangate. This incredible mountain is also known as “Siete Colores”, “Cerro Colorado” and in English as “Rainbow Mountain”. This majestic beauty is stripped with colors ranging from turquoise to lavender to maroon and gold. Those intense pastel colors in stripped fashion. Can you just imagine?
Don’t get confused it with the Rainbow Mountain in China. Both the mountains are real and you haven’t fallen into the rabbit hole yet.
2. On Your Mark...The “painted mountain “of Peru is however harder to find and reach, requiring several days of hiking to reach its peak deep within the Andes. You can either go for this wild walk or rent those horses, if you happen to suffering from a medical condition called laziness.
3. Having Second Thoughts? Not Having Enough Days?Your mind might say “This trek is impossible”
Your experience might say that it’s risky
“It’s pointless” said reason.
“Give it a try”, said heart
Having second thoughts because you might not have enough time?
Fear not. Travel agencies offer you a complete package of this trek for 1 day to even 8 days.
Listen to your heart and give it a try.
4. The Start Of This Unforgettable TrekThe starting point of this trek is a three hour drive from Cusco. The trip to the peak is no child’s play with the constantly varying weather conditions and sickness due to high altitude, but it’s manageable. At the start of trek, you will spy local homes with herds of alpaca and llama, making silly little faces and drooling all over you. Don’t you worry. They are very friendly.
5. The Mountain And All Its ColorThe curious kid in us would have definitely wondered reason behind its stripped pattern of vivid color. It is mainly because of weathering and mineragy. Just like how iron nail tends to get rusted and get oxidizes, the sediments are also iron rich and change due to exposure to oxygen and water. Thanks to it, the mountain exposes the stripped stratigraphic intervals.
6. The JourneyYou will be fueling your body during “the calm before the storm” for those stormy days, gasping for more oxygen. Don’t forget some nice warm clothes and sleeping supplies because the nights get very chilling, most of the time.
The clouds will come. The rain will fall. The winds will roar and the roof will shake. Will you hide or will you dance? Will you wrap your arms tight around your chest or will you open them wide to the fading of the light? (Tyler Knott Gregson,” Dark Storm Clouds over Abandoned Rooftop”)
Pitch out those little tents. Wear your silliest shirt. Sleep under the starry nights. This world is a big, big magical palace with billions of people. Nothing will open your mind like a journey.
7. The View Of Your LifetimeYou will see what the end of the rainbows look like. Once you reach the peak, if only your mind had legs, it would run around for hours together while your body rests. If only…
Even the words won’t do the complete justice to the majestic view before you. So, get ready to say “llama” to all your photographs and ever-so-crazy selfies.
You will go photo crazy after days of your trekking, despite that throbbing headache (due to high altitude)….but it’s all worth it. Just cross your heart and hope not to die.
8. Celebrate The Star Snow Festival, While You’re At ItThis “painted” beauty is also considered to be sacred and believed to be the deity of Cusco by local Peruvians. Every year, thousands of pilgrims visit here for the Star Snow festival, which occurs a week before the Corpus Christi feast. It celebrates the spirit of the mountains and the apparition of Christ.
Locals sporting colorful masks or outfits decorated with ribbons, beads and what not. Markets with hats to food and everything. Dancers twirling in their beautiful dresses.
9. Best Time For VisitThe best time to visit these mountains is March to November, especially June-August. Just don’t go thinking: tropical temperature cause it will be snowy winter in Peru.
10. The MemoriesThink about the fun you are going to have. Memories will be made of you trekking for days, solo or with friends/family. The time you spent together as a group. The memories are going to be priceless and guess what?
You shouldn’t trade it for the world cause these memories will make up your life.
Is your life getting boring? Put these strippy mountains at the top of your bucket list. Pack your bags and just leave. Life is too short to not be lived. Take a few wacky trips. Get gazing over the rocks and shoreline to the sunset and beyond. Live .Just Live.
Every place has a story to tell and that is how it has come all way, to be that way it is. Come enjoy Vinicunca and all its true colors.