The Glacier of Pucaranra
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The Glacier of Pucaranra

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After much clambering up another lake fed by the glacier of Pucaranra appears by the foot of Nevado Huapi. At this ponit I knew that I had been barking up the wrong tree all along for that elusive mountain pass of Huapi. 

As my provisons began to run low I decided that I had to retreat back into the quebrada and visited the neighbouring valley at another time. 

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