Vinicunca Mountain in the Cusco Region of Peru
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Sing a rainbow. Chasing rainbows in Peru
More than 5,000 metres above sea level in the Peruvian Andes rises the mountain peak of Vinicunca. Until recently, when a road was built through this remote region of southeastern Peru, it took hikers six days to reach the mountain. Plenty made the trek despite the effort, and we can see the draw: Vinicunca is also known as 'Rainbow Mountain' for good reason. Weathered minerals of varying hues stripe the hillsides in wide brushstrokes. The slopes are painted in tones of red, yellow, green and bright blue, with the colours changing intensity depending on the time of day or pattern of cloud cover.