Vinicunca, also known as Rainbow Mountain and Mountain of Seven Colors is the second most visited tourist destination after Machu Picchu.
The regional governor Edwin Licone confirmed this information after a meeting with President Martín Vizcarra and other members of the government, El Comercio reported.
“Today it is demonstrated that tourists do not come to Cusco only because of the historical and archaeological theme that the whole world recognizes”, Licona said. “It has been established that the second most visited place in Peru, after Machu Picchu, is Vinicunca“, he added.
Licona also highlighted that Cusco has an environmental, ecosystemic, geographic potential in the high Andean, Andean and Amazonian areas, and attempts to achieve intangibility with declarations of Regional Conservation Area (ACR).
Rosendo Baca Palomino, director of the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur) informed that at the end of this month will be added more than half a million tourists, national and foreign, who will visit the Vinicunca mountain this year.
He also said that Vinicunca was promoted abroad, especially during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia where 38 million people attended.
Despite some precarious conditions to access the summit, due to a recent conflict between two communities in the districts of Cusipata (Quispicanchi) and Pitumarca (Canchis) that share the mountain, it is expected to consolidate the Vinicunca Use Plan, an instrument that will allow sustainable development in the area.