Yanacon Pass and Beyond
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Panoramic photo by Arroz Marisco EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 16:55, 03/08/2012 - Views loading...

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Yanacon Pass and Beyond

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The final climb on a really sandy and slippery slope nearly sent me hurling back down to the scree below had I not opted to zig-zag my way up, digging my boots into the sand with each step I took.

This is one of the toughest day so far and my next port of call is the little village of Huillca in the valley below.

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A: Laguna Sactaycocha Enroute to Paso Yanacon

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