A recent Facebook post claims to show unusual rainbow stripes on a cliff face somewhere in Peru, a country in South America. In the photo, the cliff has colourful horizontal lines running across it and the sea below is bright blue.
“Rainbow Mountain in Peru. Photographer unknown,” the caption reads.
The post has been viewed more than 1.4 million times so far.
Is the photo authentic? And is there really a Rainbow Mountain in Peru? We checked.
Scala dei Turchi in Sicily
A reverse image search reveals that the photo has been digitally manipulated. In a similar photo of the same location, uploaded in 2020, the hillside is a pale sandy colour, and not rainbow striped.
Vinicunca real mountain in Peru
The mountain has been a popular tourist attraction since 2015 when melting snow first revealed its unique geological formation.
Photos of the mountain show that it does have surprising rusty red, yellow and green stripes running across its ridges. But at an altitude of nearly 5,000 meters above sea level, visitors won’t find any beaches nearby.
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