Published on : Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Popularly known as the ‘Rainbow Mountain’, the natural wonder flaunts beautiful stripes of lavender, gold and turquoise, representing a ridge of multihued sediments laid down millions of years ago and pushed up as tectonic plates collided and clashed.
However it is just five years that this natural wonder has been discovered by the outside world earning its must-see status on the burgeoning backpacker tourist circuit of Peru.
The immense popularity of Rainbow Mountain that is known to draw up to 1,000 travelers per day has offered a much-essential economic boost to this remote part of the world that is populated by struggling alpaca herders.
But then, environmentalists are anxious that the tourists are likely to destroy the treasured landscape that is already covered by international mining companies.
A wetland once popular with migrating ducks has also been turned into a parking lot the size of five soccer fields that fills each morning with vans of mostly European and American visitors.