Gathering Clouds over Laguna Parón
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Gathering Clouds over Laguna Parón

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A well-paved footpath along the northern edge of the lake leads ultimately to the terminal moraine of the feeding glacier of Chacraraju (6112m) which dominates this part of the Cordillera Blanca. Clouds have already moved in from the Pacific to blanket out most of the view before noon.

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Peru

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A: Laguna Paron

di SAREFOTO, 50 metri di distanza

Laguna Paron

B: Paron

di SAREFOTO, 800 metri di distanza

Paron

C: Laguna Parón

di Arroz Marisco, 1.4 km di distanza

This turquoise blue lake, largest of all the glacial lagoons in the cordillera sits deep inside the v...

Laguna Parón

D: 69

di SAREFOTO, 3.6 km di distanza

69

E: First View of Laguna Jatuncocha

di Arroz Marisco, 6.8 km di distanza

I camped alongside the much shrinken lake of Ichiccocha amidst fear of an impending storm.The followi...

First View of Laguna Jatuncocha

F: The Hidden Gem of the Andes, Laguna 69

di Arroz Marisco, 7.2 km di distanza

Laguna 69 is so named as a pair of "gringos" were found engaging in the namesake act of passion - I'm...

The Hidden Gem of the Andes, Laguna 69

G: The Cascading Rio Santa Cruz

di Arroz Marisco, 7.2 km di distanza

Running between the dark walls of the gorge is the noisy Rio Santa Cruz which tumbles and cascades be...

The Cascading Rio Santa Cruz

H: Chacaraju overlooking Cebollampampa

di Arroz Marisco, 7.4 km di distanza

A short climb along the moraine of Chararaju (6,108m) not only rewards one with a panoramic view of t...

Chacaraju overlooking Cebollampampa

I: Quenua Trees Clinging on to life.

di Arroz Marisco, 8.4 km di distanza

Once past Laguna Jatuncocha I was greeted by what seemed to me a carnage site.Only now at the time of...

Quenua Trees Clinging on to life.

J: Valle Llanganuco

di SAREFOTO, 8.7 km di distanza

Valle Llanganuco

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Peru, South America

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