This question simply has to be asked
Marlen Luckow, who spent four years working as a dentist at the missionary hospital, took the above photo. In August 2016, in the dry season, she visited the Rainbow Mountain, a two hour drive away from Cusco. On Marlen’s photo you can make out some people who have successfully reached the summit at an altitude of over 5,000m. This natural phenomenon was only really discovered by tourists in 2015.
2.5 years later a steady stream of tourists meanders along the two access paths to the ridge of Vinicunca, as the mountain is officially known. Last Saturday again over 1,000 people saw this fantastic natural phenomenon with their own eyes. If you ask the locals why the Rainbow Mountain was only discovered four years ago one receives a plausible answer. Up until recently the Mountain was covered by snow and ice. Glacial melting is the reason why this geological formation is now visible.
Wikipedia gives the following answer: “The movement of tectonic plates pressed the layers of sediment from a horizontal into an almost vertical position. The iron oxide caused the red colouring, manganese the pink, sulphur the yellow and a reaction of copper, water and oxygen caused the bluey-green colour. The black lines are granite!”
(S)He who wants to get to know Diospi Suyana in Curahuasi can add Machu Picchu, the Rainbow Mountain and Lake Titicaca to her/his travel itinerary. Our friends and sympathisers agree that Diospi Suyana is the most beautiful of the four! /KDJ