Tarns and Lagunas below Nevado Sorimana
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Panoramic photo by Arroz Marisco EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 15:31, 05/07/2012 - Views loading...

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Tarns and Lagunas below Nevado Sorimana

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With the snow storm subsiding the twin lakes of Pumacocha and the lagunas and tarns at the foot of Nevado Sorimana could be seen clearly. A large herd of llamas and alpacas had just left this spot by the time I arrived.

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A: Storm over Pumacocha Lake

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The first snow storm had just subsided by the time I set foot on the shore of Pumacocha and the lands...

Storm over Pumacocha Lake

B: Serene Sunrise by Puma Cocha lake

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C: The Twin Lakes of Pumacocha Lake

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D: Snow Storm on the Way to Puma Cocha

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E: First Glimpse of the Southwestern Face of Massif Ausangate

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First Glimpse of the Southwestern Face of Massif Ausangate

F: Brewing Storm over Yanacocha

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G: First Glimpse of Nevado Sorimana

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H: The Very Rugged Landscape of Ausangate

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I: The Incredibly Reflective Lagunas by the Massive Glacier of Ausangate

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J: Three Laguna View of Ausangate

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