Not even the best works of art compare to some of nature’s landscapes. Certainly, this idea is applied to the colored mountains or hills that suddenly appear in the most remote places on the planet. South America is a continent full of mountains, and this article bring together its most colorful specimens with luxury destinations in south America, to inspire your future travels.
- Tunupa Volcano, Bolivia
Changing colors as the day goes by, the Tunupa Volcano rests just in front of the huge Uyuni Salt Flat. With shades of cream, green, white and rust blue, this giant is a sacred mountain named after the God of Thunder Tunupa, creator of nature and master of world order.
How to get there: In Oruro, you should go to the Salinas de Garci Mendoza town, from where you enter the Salar de Uyuni to Jiria, located on the banks of the salar and at the base of the volcano. From the town there is a path by which you ascend about 3 and a half hours to the crater of the volcano.
- The Yuracocha, Peru
The Yuracochas are a chain of hills that are united, with each summit located approx. 5,000 meters above sea level in the Central Andes. It is known as the VinicuncaLimeño , due to its impressive resemblance to the Rainbow Mountain of Cusco . From its summits you can see the NevadoRajuntay, the Yuracocha lagoon and all the beauty of the Peruvian Sierra.
How to get there: From Lima you must go for 3 hours to the San Mateo District, Huarochirí province. It is recommended to spend the night here, to start the 6-hour walk to Los Yuracochas the next day.
- Pintado Valley, Argentina
The Painted Valley is inserted within the Ischigualasto Provincial Park, in the Argentine Province of San Juan. Ischigualasto, which means “lifeless”, was an ancient lagoon from the Triassic period, where numerous dinosaur fossils have been found. Valle Pintado’s layers of sand speak of the passing of time thanks to its mesmerizing multi-colored tones.
How to get there: You can access Ischigualasto by National Route 150 from the city of San José de Jáchal. The route is in very good condition and you have to travel 133km to the park entrance.
- Serranía de Hornocal, Argentina
It is one of the most amazing luxury travel destination in Argentina. The Serranía de Hornocal draws attention not only for its colorful minerals, but also for its triangular hills, which zigzag in a spectacular almost mathematical pattern along the mountain range that exceeds 4,700 masl.
How to get there: Leaving the city of Humahuaca, you must cross the Rio Grande by the bridge near the bus terminal. Take Provincial Route 73 towards Santa Ana and it is about 20 kilometers until you reach the flat area from where you can see the mountains.
- Mountain of the Seven Colors, Bolivia
Very little-known luxury destinations south America, the Mountain of Seven Colors is located in the Bolivian highlands, specifically within the Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Above 4 thousand masl, the mountain protects the 715 thousand hectares of the nature reserve and its endemic species.
- Rainbow Valley, Chile
In the Atacama Desert, specifically in the Rio Grande basin, the Rainbow Valley is a place that seems like something out of a dream. Not only for the variety of its ocher, red, white, yellow and green colors, but also for the shapes of the rocks sculpted by the elements for thousands of years.
How to get there: This luxury destination in Chile is located about 90km from San Pedro, heading towards Calama.
- Cerro de los Siete Colores, Argentina
Declared Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity in 2003 by UNESCO, this incredible place in the province of Jujuy combines its enormous Cerro de Siete Colores with the colonial and pre-Columbian architecture of Purmamarca. In fact, it is one of the best luxury destinations Argentina to discover indigenous Argentina and its omaguaca culture.
How to get there: Inside Jujuy, you should go to the town of Purmamarca, from where the ravine is visible.
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