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Why is Winikunka one of the most visited attractions in Cusco?

Why is Winikunka one of the most visited attractions in Cusco?

The Winikunka, located in the Cusco district of Pitumarca, is one of the attractions most visited by tourists. (Photo: Dante Piaggio / El Comercio)The Mountain of the Seven Colors

 

The mountain of the Seven Colors

Is located in the district of Pitumarca, in the province of Canchis. As of 2016, the flow of tourists in the area increased considerably

At 5,200 meters above sea level, in the district of Pitumarca, province of Canchis, in Cusco, is one of the most visited sites by national and foreign tourists. It is the Winikunka or mountain of the Seven Colors.

The slopes of this mountain are characterized by stripes of intense shades of fuchsia, turquoise, lavender and gold, which went through a geological process that involved marine, lake and river sediments, according to the BBC World, the Cultural Landscape Office of the Desconcentrada Direction of Culture of Cusco.

Throughout almost 65 million years, these sediments were forming different layers, which rose due to the movement of tectonic plates in the area. Over time, the humidity of the area helped them to acquire their striking colors, through the oxidation of their minerals. This is how he told BBC Mundo César Muñoz, a member of the Geological Society of Peru (SGP).

Winikunka

Today, thanks to this geological process, you can see the famous multicolored stripes of the Winikunka.

Due to this characteristic, the flow of visits has increased considerably since the beginning of 2016, according to Haydee Pacheco, tourism official of the Municipality of Pitumarca. By day, about 1,000 tourists arrive at the multicolored mountain.

From that date, the Winikunka began to be part of the rankings of tourist attractions worldwide. It even appeared on the list of 100 places to visit before dying, prepared by travel experts on the Business Insider website.

For his part, Juan Carlos Gómez, of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP), explained that the mountain now known as Seven Colors was partially covered with ice and that it received temporary snow until the early 90s. Apparently, the melting of ice by global warming he brought out those striking colors.

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This mountain is characterized by stripes of intense colors that give it a rainbow look.


The Winikunka is also known as the mountain of the Seven Colors.

Its growing popularity began in 2016, approximately. 

The residents of the area receive about a thousand visitors daily. 


This flow of tourists has contributed to the Winikunka begins to be part of the rankings of tourist attractions worldwide. 

For some people in Cusco, this growing flow of tourists in the area means an economic income for their families. 

This mountain is considered by the Cusqueños as a protective god. 

In order to acquire that color, the mountain of the Seven Colors went through a geological process of millions of years. 
The humidity of the area helped the different layers of the Winikunka to acquire their characteristic bright colors.


Juan Carlos Gómez, of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP), indicated that in fact these colors could not be appreciated due to the snow cover that covered the mountain.


Apparently, the melting of the ice by global warming brought out those striking colors on the site. 

The promotion of this place through social networks has also contributed to more and more tourists are encouraged to visit it.

This mountain appeared on the list of 100 places to visit before dying, prepared by travel experts on the Business Insider website.

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