Vinicunca: Rainbow Mountain

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Machu Picchu is one of the most popular locations in Peru, leaving the Vinicunca mountains in the Andes a hidden treasure. However, in order to get a view of this geologic wonder, you must hike 17,000 feet. The journey to the top in nothing but beautifully diverse landscape that changes from snow capped peaks to red desert mountains. The different coloration that gives it the rainbow appearance is due to different environmental conditions and mineralogy.

While the hike to the top literally took my breath away as I tried to grasp for oxygen, it was worth every step.

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