First Glimpse of Laguna Comaococha
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First Glimpse of Laguna Comaococha

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Despite the cloudy weather the twin lakes of Comacocha (or Qomacocha) still shone with a dazzling turquoise colour at the foot of the 5,950m high Pacchanta, a minor peak of the Massif Callangate.

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