The amazing rainbow mountain of Peru
THEY say a picture paints a thousand words but I didn't need that many adjectives to describe what stood before me.
As I stood 5,000 metres above sea level gasping for air, there was only one word that I could utter - and it probably isn't suitable for this publication.
I was standing at the viewing point of Vinicunca - or more commonly known as Rainbow Mountain, the multi-coloured mountain that sat about four hours from Cusco, Peru.
After a very early start, long before the sun rose above the horizon, my friend and I were picked up by our hiking guide in a banged up Subaru and driven along a very precarious road for what felt like a million years.
Our hike began through a potato field and ended up in up the most unusual yet stunning landscape I'd laid eyes on.
We were battling to breath, the altitude heavy in our lungs but nothing could take away our feelings of elation as we looked out at the mountain that I was convinced was photo-shopped.
Hues of reds, cream and yellows cascaded down the mountainside and behind us stood the snowy tops of Peru's highest peaks.
We'd hit the Mother Nature jackpot and the Rainbow Mountain was our prize.
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