Quebrada Huaripampa
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Quebrada Huaripampa

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Amongst the several entry points to the  famous Santa Cruz trek, a little village called Vaquería located some 10 km away from the high mountain pass of Portachuelo(4767m) is probably the most popular as it is conveniently served by many forms of public transport.

Vaquería guards the Valley(Quebrada) of Huaripampa and its inhabitants speak mainly the native Quechua language.

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A: Laguna Huecrococha

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Laguna Huecrococha at 3,950m a.s.l is a large lake by Andean standard here. Relatively secluded with ...

Laguna Huecrococha

B: The Long Descent towards Laguna Huecrococha

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Not a single soul in sight I strolled leisurely down the valley amidst lush vegetations and soon foun...

The Long Descent towards Laguna Huecrococha

C: Chacaraju overlooking Cebollampampa

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A short climb along the moraine of Chararaju (6,108m) not only rewards one with a panoramic view of t...

Chacaraju overlooking Cebollampampa

D: Sunrise over Mt Pucaraju

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The night passed uneventfully at the campsite in quebrada Tuctubamba by the foot of Mt Taulliraju.The...

Sunrise over Mt Pucaraju

E: The Hidden Gem of the Andes, Laguna 69

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Laguna 69 is so named as a pair of "gringos" were found engaging in the namesake act of passion - I'm...

The Hidden Gem of the Andes, Laguna 69

F: Descending Alto Paso Pucaraju

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The descent is first via a rocky path before it peters out into the green slope half-way down the eas...

Descending Alto Paso Pucaraju

G: Cordillera Blanca from Paso Pucaraju

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A well-formed rocky path zig-zags its way up the steep slope of black Mt Pucaraju to this mountain pa...

Cordillera Blanca from Paso Pucaraju

H: Sky road

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Sky road

I: The High Pass of Portachuelo

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The dirt road that leads up to the high mountain pass of Portachuelo(4767m) is tortuous but never sca...

The High Pass of Portachuelo

J: The Grazing Field below Mt Pucaraju

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The plain below rolls out gently as a green grazing field on the other side of Mt. Pucaraju. There is...

The Grazing Field below Mt Pucaraju

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