Chain of Mountains, Cordillera Blanca
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Chain of Mountains, Cordillera Blanca

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Part of the Andes, the majestic Cordillera Blanca, literally translated as the "White Mountain" is a chain of mountains averaging over 5,000 metres high stretching for a length of 180 kms in the province of Ancash in Peru. 

The moist current coming from the Pacific soon condenses around the imposing peaks and a blanketing expanse of dark cloud soon envelopes everything after this picture was taken.

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Peru

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A: Caraz Square

di John Sanchez, 9.3 km di distanza

Caraz Square

B: Paxt7991

di Edmundo Paz Torres, 10.1 km di distanza

Paxt7991

C: Cosma village - Jimbe Peru

di Edmundo Paz Torres, 17.1 km di distanza

In the square of Cosma has grown grass thanks to the recent rains. The history of the village dates b...

Cosma village - Jimbe Peru

D: Yungay Cemetery in Memory of the Tragic Avalanche

di Arroz Marisco, 18.3 km di distanza

39 years ago on May 31, 1970 a devastating Ritcher Scale 8 earthquake struck off the coast of northen...

Yungay Cemetery in Memory of the Tragic Avalanche

E: Trailhead at Cashapampa

di Arroz Marisco, 18.7 km di distanza

No, we are not contemplating the difficulties lying ahead, rather we are just so surprised that the f...

Trailhead at Cashapampa

F: On the way to Iglesia Irca - Jimbe Peru

di Edmundo Paz Torres, 18.9 km di distanza

To reach this privileged archaeological site alight at the road near Cosma (1 km before). Then have t...

On the way to Iglesia Irca - Jimbe Peru

G: Near Iglesia Irca, archaeologycal site - Jimbe Peru

di Edmundo Paz Torres, 19.0 km di distanza

At 3150 m altitude, in an outstanding top surrounded by abysses, former jimbians built a remarkable b...

Near Iglesia Irca, archaeologycal site - Jimbe Peru

H: Iglesia Irca - Archaeologycal site near Cosma - Jimbe Peru

di Edmundo Paz Torres, 19.1 km di distanza

Above a conspicuous summit, at 3150 m altitude, lies a 40x40 m building pre-Inca times. From this pea...

Iglesia Irca - Archaeologycal site near Cosma - Jimbe Peru

I: Iglesia Irca, archaeologycal site near Jimbe, 3150 m

di Edmundo Paz Torres, 19.1 km di distanza

In a top privileged, altitude 3150 m, is located this important pre-Inca construction, which is disti...

Iglesia Irca, archaeologycal site near Jimbe, 3150 m

J: Road to village of Cosma - Jimbe Peru

di Edmundo Paz Torres, 20.9 km di distanza

This road was one of the first roads were built into the villages, based on hard work community. The ...

Road to village of Cosma - Jimbe Peru

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Peru, South America

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