Carlos Canales, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur), expressed the deep concern of his Executive Council about the management of one of the most important components of the new tourist offer in the country: Winikunka, the Seven Colors Mountain, or Rainbow Mountain, located in the Cordillera de Vilcanota, in the Cusco region.
“The mountain, according to the NGO CooperAcción, was commissioned by INGEMMET on March 16 in favor of the mining company Minquest Peru, whose owner is the Canadian firm Camino Minerals, according to the Resolution of the President No. 042-2018, in the territory proposed as the Ausangate Regional Conservation Area”, said Canatur on a press release.
Nevertheless, the Rainbow Mountain is an exceptional tourist attraction because of the wealth of minerals in its soil that give the area a unique look. “Winikunka will remain untouched, and its sustainable tourism, guaranteed”, said the chief of Canatur.
The flow of visitors to the Seven Colored Mountain is increasing since 2016 and is now estimated at a few thousand. But this influx is managed within the ranges of specialized tourism that are much lower than those of conventional tourism, explained the press release.
Although it is very important to control the negative impacts of tourism, it is clear that Winikunka has allowed the development of an economic and employment alternative for the local population.