Vinicunca in Cusco is yet another great place for trekking in Peru. The beautiful view will take your breath away and the tricky route will test your strength.
Peru is the cradle of the ancient Inca Empire. This amazing country is full of natural and archaeological sights. The legendary city of Machu Picchu lost in the Andes highlands; still not unraveled mysterious Nazca desert and the amazing Lake Titicaca; as well as many other unique places, which, undoubtedly, include picturesque rainbow mountains – Vinicunca.
National Geographic, the official publication of the National Geographic Society of the USA, included the Iridescent Mountains in Peru in the list of "100 must-see places". No, wonder almost every Peru agency offers tours around this mountain.
When looking at these geological formations, it feels like some artist from the surrealist or fauvist community painted all over them. In fact, nature created this masterpiece, and it took a lot of time for it. However, today, the result of centuries of creativity can be admired by any traveler who visited Peru.Do not even think about trying trekking Cusco until you have spent a few days getting used to the elevation of the region.
The height of the massif stretched among the aquamarine lagoons and sparkling snow-covered peaks, reaches 5200 m above sea level. From the mountain peaks, there is a magnificent view of the Ausangate glacier, crowning the sacred mountain of the Incas making it a really fascinating place for trekking in Peru. Every year in the temple at the foot of the mountain, which the Indians call Apu - "Sacred" people gather for the ritual celebration of the day of Qoyllur Rit'I and offerings of holy gifts. This holiday is dedicated to the Inca deity Apu (or Apo), personifying mountain spirits, one of the main patron saints of Cusco. After the conquistadors came to these places, pagan traditions gradually merged with Christian rites and now this ceremony is intertwined with the celebration of the Holy Trinity.
It is quite difficult to get to this amazing place independently because there are no direct buses from Cuzco. You can rent a car, take a taxi (the route from Cusco takes about 3 hours), or use public transport - a shuttle bus to Puno, a small town located on the western shore of the world-famous Lake Titicaca. You need to get to the village of Juliaca by a bus and then you can easily reach the Rainbow Mountain.
But one of the best tourist places in Cusco is worth all the troubles.