Pastoruri, Glacier, Peru, Januar 2012
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Pastoruri, Glacier, Peru, Januar 2012

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A: The Blue Edge of Pastoruri Glacier

Par Arroz Marisco, à 110 mètres

Despite its headache-inducing altitude of 5,250m a.s.l. Pastoruri, a cirque glacier measuring about 4...

The Blue Edge of Pastoruri Glacier

B: The Melting Glacier of Pastoruri

Par Arroz Marisco, à 230 mètres

The sad fate of this once magnificent glacier is very much evident from the view here - not only has ...

The Melting Glacier of Pastoruri

C: Pastoruri 02

Par NilsW, à 270 mètres

Pastoruri 02

D: Laguna Querococha

Par Arroz Marisco, A 27.7 km

On the way to Chavín de Huantar, the famous pre-Incan archeological site I called to be dropped off h...

Laguna Querococha

E: Chavín de Huántar

Par Arroz Marisco, A 35.4 km

An UNESCO listed World Heritage site, Chavín de Huántar is a flat-topped pyramid built no later than ...

Chavín de Huántar

F: lake recuay Ancash

Par John Sanchez, A 36.7 km

lake recuay Ancash

G: Plaza de Recuay

Par John Sanchez, A 37.1 km

Plaza de Recuay

H: Recuay high view Ancash Peru

Par John Sanchez, A 37.3 km

Recuay high view Ancash Peru

I: Leaving Matacancha, Huayhuash Circuit

Par Arroz Marisco, A 38.8 km

The area where I spent the fist night is called Matacancha(4100m)on the Huayhuash Circuit. The trail ...

Leaving Matacancha, Huayhuash Circuit

J: Cacanpunta Pass, Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru

Par Arroz Marisco, A 39.9 km

Cacanpunta Pass is one of the two 4700m high mountain passes on the famous Huayhuash Circuit that tre...

Cacanpunta Pass, Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru

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The main languages in South America are Spanish and Portugese, which basically tells you which European countries colonized the place. The South American wars of independence took place over two decades in the early 19th century, led by Simon Bolivar of Venezuela and Jose san Martin of Argentina.

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I can't say enough good things about South America. All the world's continents have amazing secrets and treasures laying in wait for your discovery, but in South America... just have a look at our pictures while you're waiting for online confirmation of your plane tickets to hit your inbox.

Text by Steve Smith.

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