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Rainbow Mountain Peru, the hidden gem that's still considered holy

Nalynn Dolan Caine |
Rainbow Mountain is a spectacular candy-striped mountain in the Peruvian Andes and one of the most magnificent geologic features in the world. So, started planning your next adventure!

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Rainbow Mountain Peru was only recently discovered due to the snow melting revealing the hidden gem that’s still considered holy by many until this day. Since its discovery, it slowly started gaining popularity and has even been listed in National Geographic’s "Top 100 Places To Visit Before You Die".

The mountain staggering 5,200m above sea level is famed for its natural, multi-colored rainbow-like beauty seen nowhere else. This appearance is created by the sediment of minerals throughout the area giving the mountain the turquoise, lavendar, gold and other colors.

The mountain’s existence was until recently known only inside of the local communities who are still living almost the same life as before with llamas and alpacas that can be seen dotted all along the route to the mountain.

But don't let its incredible beauty deceives you! Rainbow Mountain sits at an altitude of more than half of Mount Everest and weather can change rapidly from snow to rain to blistering sun in the space of an hour.

Since altitude effects different people in different ways, the need for the use of an oxygen tank while climbing Rainbow Mountain Peru is quite common. There are unlucky days where the weather does ruin a little bit of the beauty but it adds a mystical effect.

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