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A Hair-Raising Ride to the High Pass of Punta Olimpica

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This has to be ranked as one of the most hair-raising bus ride in the whole of the Cordillera Blanca - running between Carhuaz and Chacas, the bus gardually ziz-zags it's way higher an higher along a badly-maintained dirt road  - way worst than the one in Llanganuco Valley until it reaches 4890m in elevation between the peaks of Contrahierbas (5900m) and Ulta (5875m) before dropping down to the more manageable Chacas at 3360m a.s.l.

Taken just after it passes the highest point we are looking here at the narrow dirt road that leads to Chacas. As recommended by a lady traveller from France whom I met in Cuenca in Equador, I took off here and walked my way back to Shilla - a walk that eventually takes about 6 hrs including many photography stops along the way.

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A: Punta Olimpica from Quebrada Ulta

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This dirt road to Punta Olimpica climbs higher and higher from Quebrada Ulta below and I was glad to ...

Punta Olimpica from Quebrada Ulta

B: The Waterfall at Laguna Auquiscocha

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The Waterfall at Laguna Auquiscocha

C: Sky road

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Sky road

D: Dragon's Jaw - The Valley of Llanganuco

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Dragon's Jaw - The Valley of Llanganuco

E: The High Pass of Portachuelo

de Arroz Marisco, la 13.8 km distanta

The dirt road that leads up to the high mountain pass of Portachuelo(4767m) is tortuous but never sca...

The High Pass of Portachuelo

F: Valle Llanganuco

de SAREFOTO, la 15.1 km distanta

Valle Llanganuco

G: Laguna Orconcocha

de Arroz Marisco, la 15.5 km distanta

The turquoise Laguna Orconcoha, the larger of the two lakes that make up Laguna Llanganuco is at a sl...

Laguna Orconcocha

H: Quebrada Huaripampa

de Arroz Marisco, la 15.6 km distanta

Amongst the several entry points to the  famous Santa Cruz trek, a little village called Vaquería loc...

Quebrada Huaripampa

I: Laguna Chinancocha

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Laguna Chinancocha, the smaller lake of two that make up Laguna Llaganuco is mesmerizing with its tur...

Laguna Chinancocha

J: Laguna Llanganuco

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Lying deep in the Llanganuco Valley with the imposing Huascarán(North:6768m ; South:6655m) and Huando...

Laguna Llanganuco

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