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Nature always has its own unique way to show off its beautiful side, always in the warmest pastel colors. Some people admire the fall and its colorful carpet of colors. Others enjoy the summer and its hot rays, covering as far as your eye can see, the plains and creating interesting colorful illusions in places.
Not only the seasons are admirable. There are places in the world where it is hard to believe that they are so beautiful because Nature has taken care of them. The same one that can "get angry" in a moment and root out the most beautiful oak ever. Yes, we are talking about the same Nature.
In Peru, nature has created an incredible landscape that even the greatest artist would have difficulty imagining. Welcome to Peru!
Here, in the Peruvian Andes, at an altitude of 6384 meters, rises the magnificent Vinicunca, known as the "Seven Colors Mountain" or more simply "Rainbow Mountain". Probably the youngest adventure lovers will compare her to a lollipop or an interesting pastry, but whatever definition is given to her, she remains incomparably beautiful and interesting, for both the most experienced mountaineer and lovers of aesthetics.
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Its real name is Ausangate, and its colors range from turquoise to lavender and burgundy to golden. The locals consider the mountain sacred. Every year, worships are attended by thousands of worshipers for the Star Snow Festival.
Its interesting color is due to the minerals in the soil. The red color is due to the "rust" formed by the precipitated iron oxide in the layers, bright yellow depending on the amount of iron sulfide. Green is formed depending on the concentration of chloride in the layers, which mixes in certain places with the already layered yellow color, and the brown color is due to the mineral goethite, which is a kind of iron ore mixed with manganese oxide.
The tourist sees the beauty of the colors and the experienced archaeologist - the layers of centuries-old history that have gradually accumulated. Often, human activity is more destructive than the elements, so we must preserve this natural beauty. Beauty in nature takes many forms. In times of technology and technological advancements, it seems that Man remains far away from primary contact with Mother Nature. We have forgotten the human in ourselves and are more devoted to the accumulation of wealth without seeing the beauty around us.
This mountain is the proof that Nature and Man can coexist in harmony as long as people want it. In the era of Facebook and Instagram, we have the opportunity to touch beautiful places without even visiting them. But what happens when we have the opportunity to touch this beauty? Sometimes we unknowingly destroy it.
Although tourism contributes to the economic development of the region, it also has negative consequences. Along with tourists, even mining companies want to operate in the region. Places that were once virgin land have now been transformed into parking areas.
We must learn to be human! Let's look around us, stepping out of our comfort zone and appreciating and keeping what we have! Because in human nature it is to "appreciate" what is already irretrievably lost. And the question is, is it worth destroying another cultural and natural masterpiece to remember that the "Colorful Mountain" once existed in Peru ?!
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