In a dispute with the Municipality of Cusipata District, the neighboring communities have decided to indefinitely close the access to the iconic Rainbow Mountains of Peru through Cusipata – Chillihuani – Phulapatawasi 02 March 2022. The issue, over the entrance fees, has been ongoing for quite some time.
The Municipality of Cusipata, the Andean town that serves as a gateway to this natural beauty, has initiated measures to optimally administer the resources to improve the renowned Rainbow Mountains of Peru. This includes the use of integrated tourist tickets which will be managed by the municipality and in the small Andean town center of Chillihuani.
The villagers of Chillihuani are in disagreement with this and want to continue issuing entrance tickets to support their income. However, according to law, the Municipality must be in charge of all revenue.
This has instigated a disagreement which led to the closure of Travel to Rainbow Mountain Peru through all three routes through the community of Cusipata – Chillihuani – Phulapatawasi from 02 March 2022.
Local authorities have advised the travel agencies and formal tourism operators to opt for better options on the southern route such as the attraction called “Palccoyo” or colorful landscapes that has better access, parking, and with much of the routed and rocky hike. Communities on this route are less conflicting and are more organized.
It is also important to mention that the alternate and primitive route to the Colours Mountain – Vinincunca, which is the longest in the Pitumarca area, will be open for tourists access according to an agreement with the community of Kayllahuire.