First View of Nevado San Juan
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First View of Nevado San Juan

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Quebrada Shallap lies just south of the granite wall of quebrada Quilcayhuanca with Nevado San Juan (5,843m) straddling high above overlooking a small circular laguna at the head of this valley. 

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A: The Granite Walls of Quebrada Shallap

by Arroz Marisco, 810 meters away

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B: Another View of Laguna Shallap

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C: View of Laguna Shallap

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Here is the small laguna Shallap which could often be visited on a long day trip from Huaraz. 

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D: The Meadow of Quebrada Quilcayhuanca

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E: Nevado Huantsan of Quebrada Rajucolta

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F: Laguna Rajucolta

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G: Midway between Quebrada Shallap & Quebrada Rajucolta

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H: The Fast-flowing Rio Rajucolta

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I: The Twin Andean Lakes of Laguna Churup and Churupita

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J: Churup Lake

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This panorama was taken in Peru, South America

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