The Meadow of Quebrada Quilcayhuanca
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The Meadow of Quebrada Quilcayhuanca

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Deserted as it may appear, the green meadows and glacier lakes of Quebrada Quilcayhuanca reward hikers and visitors with vistas no less wonderful than its more popular northern neighbours.

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A: The Granite Walls of Quebrada Shallap

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B: The Twin Andean Lakes of Laguna Churup and Churupita

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C: First View of Nevado San Juan

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D: Churup Lake

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E: The Shimmering Laguna Churup

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The dark green lake of Churup (4,450m) lies on a mountain ridge between quebrada Cujop and quebrada Q...

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F: Laguna Churup - By the lake

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Apparently a trail skirts around the edge of the lake  that leads to a smaller lake right at the foot...

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G: Laguna Churup

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H: Nevado Churup

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Nevado Churup is a 5,493 m peak in Cordillera Blanca and it towers over one of the most beautiful lak...

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I: The Sun about to hide behind Cerro Rima Rima

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Strewn with giant boulders the valley floor soon fades into the shadow as the sun begins its descent ...

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J: First View of Nevado Pucaranra

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Nevado Churup (5,498m) just peeks from above my right shoulder here and the beautiful lake of Churup ...

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Text by Steve Smith.

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