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Laguna Tuni

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The aquamarine Laguna Tuni is an important source of water for the highest capital in the world, la Paz in Bolivia. Here you could appreciate how the name of Condoriri comes by - the glacier covered mountain on the left takes an unmistakable shape of a condor spreading its wings. Huayna potosí(6088m) on the right is a popular climb and reputedly the view up there is magnificent - you could see the entire Cordillera Real as well as the massive Lago Titicaca to the east.

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