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Punta Unión, High Pass of the Popular Santa Cruz Trek

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This is one of the most popular trek in the whole of Cordillera Blanca and the highlight without any doubt is the high mountain pass of Punta Unión at 4760m which commands spectacular views of the Santa Cruz Valley and and the neighbouring mountains - in particular the Towering giant of Taulliraju, which stands at 5830m with the beautiful aquamarine glacial lake, Laguna Taullicocha by its foot as well as the distant Laguna Jantucocha in the valley. I had a clear mountain view when I was called upon to help a touring party for a few group photos - as luck would have it, the clouds soon drifted in by the time I finished my good cause.

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A: Clouds over Punta Union, the High Mountain Pass of Santa Cruz Trek

de Arroz Marisco, la distanta de 60 metri

I sighed a relief as I climbed up to this same rock again as I did in 2009 to take another panoramic ...

Clouds over Punta Union, the High Mountain Pass of Santa Cruz Trek

B: Nevada Taulliraju

de Arroz Marisco, la distanta de 580 metri

It took nearly the whole afternoon before the cloud would disperse to reveal the impressively jagged ...

Nevada Taulliraju

C: Sunrise over Mt Pucaraju

de Arroz Marisco, la 2.7 km distanta

The night passed uneventfully at the campsite in quebrada Tuctubamba by the foot of Mt Taulliraju.The...

Sunrise over Mt Pucaraju

D: The Open Plain below Mt Taulliraju

de Arroz Marisco, la 2.8 km distanta

Shrouded in clouds the magnificent Taulliraju (5,830m) refused to show its face again on my second vi...

The Open Plain below Mt Taulliraju

E: Sunrise over Taulliraju

de Arroz Marisco, la 2.9 km distanta

Talliraju(5830m) is seen basking under the rising sun here. Quebrada Santa Cruz is so named as Nevada...

Sunrise over Taulliraju

F: Cordillera Blanca from Paso Pucaraju

de Arroz Marisco, la 3.2 km distanta

A well-formed rocky path zig-zags its way up the steep slope of black Mt Pucaraju to this mountain pa...

Cordillera Blanca from Paso Pucaraju

G: Quebrada Santa Crua in Ruins

de Arroz Marisco, la 3.3 km distanta

The once green valley now lies lifeless filled only with silt. Loosing precious green pasture to roam...

Quebrada Santa Crua in Ruins

H: Descending Alto Paso Pucaraju

de Arroz Marisco, la 3.4 km distanta

The descent is first via a rocky path before it peters out into the green slope half-way down the eas...

Descending Alto Paso Pucaraju

I: The Grazing Field below Mt Pucaraju

de Arroz Marisco, la 3.5 km distanta

The plain below rolls out gently as a green grazing field on the other side of Mt. Pucaraju. There is...

The Grazing Field below Mt Pucaraju

J: The Landslide between Mt Paria and Mt Artesonraju

de Arroz Marisco, la 4.6 km distanta

As I climbed up the trail edging closer to the crossroad to Alpamayo (5,947m) it became evident that ...

The Landslide between  Mt Paria and Mt Artesonraju

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