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By CraigBill    
After two days of high altitude hiking, we finally came up on a relatively new found Peruvian landscape called Rainbow Mountain. The hike was riddled with altitude sickness, pounding headaches, food poisoning and heavenly vistas. At times, I just could not get over how crippling a few meters of steps left me out of breath and energy. In fact at one point, the guide laid down on a big rock to nap a few minutes away while my companion and I fought the elevated trail ahead in slow motion. Originally, I elected to take the two day hike to see other Andes features such as Ausangate Mountain and Glacier as well as Ananata Peak a.k.a. base camp. But it was worth it as the unbelievable striated color mountain finally appeared in the distance ahead of the second day. Standing over 15K feet, this world class visual experience begged to be viewed in full panoramic exhilaration. Just how this stretch of mountainous peaks attained these colors leaves you scratching your head. I understand from previous pictures that I squinted at in the brochures and on social media, that minerals were to blame, but as a landscape photographer, I have seen countless landscapes above and below ground made of “minerals” of every type... but this was simply a location on Earth to marvel. And interestingly, Rainbow Mountain is a relatively new find - that is to say global climate change melted the snow that used to almost permanently disguise this acropoliptic wonder, now leaving it exposed and in danger to new relentless travel crowds.

By the time I caught my breath and set up my gear, the mid-morning sun was perfectly behind me - lighting up all the colors and features with hardly any shadow. Along with clear and airy skies, Rainbow Mountain was a once-in-a-lifetime photographic opportunity I’ll never forget.

Tags: Rainbow Mountain Hiking Peru Andes Landscape and travel

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KarenFB Plus
15 5.7k 183 England
18 Apr 2019 7:24PM
W o w ! What a life experience to have - your photo is amazing and the only way I'll ever get to see the scene!
Niknut Plus
11 3.0k 82 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2019 7:42PM
Errrrrr.....WOW !!!.......cracking shot, with amazing colour spectrum !!!!.Smile
18 Apr 2019 7:47PM
echoing others: amazing
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2019 7:53PM
Absolutely breathtaking.
18 Apr 2019 7:54PM
Now that is something....well done for persevering to get this view...stunning...
18 Apr 2019 8:14PM
There is life on Mars!
What a really amazing landscape and colours 🏆
Ball82 2 England
18 Apr 2019 8:32PM
Absolutely breath-taking, Great shot,SmileSmileSmile
Breath taking and a great write up of your experience it is mind blowing.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
18 Apr 2019 10:27PM
Fantastic... your thoughts on altitude sickness bring back 'fond' memories... my wife needed oxygen in Cusco (hardly the heights here) and on our way to Colca canyon we reached 16000ft...I stepped off the bus and couldn't move a step forward!!! Coca tea and paracetamol came to my rescue 😁😁😁
Steve-T Plus
14 56 66 England
18 Apr 2019 11:02PM
Amazing! Fantastic colours!
alfpics Plus
19 378 4 England
19 Apr 2019 12:39AM
All of the above!!
Beautiful landscape, such lovely colouring and detail. stunning capture, Craig. 🏆🏆🏆
RLF Plus
11 18 4 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2019 6:52AM
Super panorama scene.
As I love rocks and geology this would be heaven upon earthSmile
The earth is full of wondersWink
sawsengee 15 6 40 Malaysia
19 Apr 2019 8:11AM
amazing landscape panorama & colourful rock layers.
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
19 Apr 2019 12:18PM
Unbelievable !! Craig, colours of the rainbow indeed !!!! my award.
barrywebb 15 44 7 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2019 5:20PM
Wow, another marvel of nature. Worth the effort to get there, and thank you Craig for sharing it with us. Smile
gpimages Plus
11 66 2 England
20 Apr 2019 6:09PM
Absolutely stunning image Craig - worth a pageful of awards. Well done!

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