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From Andes to the Amazon 3

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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The landscape gradually is livened up with more vegetations and this is the very first tree on the long descent down to the Amazon.

From Andes to the Amazon 2

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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The descent is relentless but few realize it until late into the day when there seems to be no end to the pain in one's knees. A lunch break is another hour's distance away for our group.

From Andes to the Amazon 1

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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After the high mountain pass of Salkantay, the trail begins its long descent from the arid landscape of the Andes to the subtropical c<a href="http://www.360cities.net/image/from-andes-to-the-amazon-1-peru">...(more)</a>

The Mighty Salkantay

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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At long last the cloud had finally dispersed to reveal the glaciated peaks of Salkantay which at 6,271m high is the highest mountain in the Willkapampa Range northwest of Cusco.

The Emerging Salkantay

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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Shrouded almost the entire way in a thick veil of cloud the mighty Salkantay (6,271m) finally signalled its emergence as the mid-day sun was about to melt away the cover.

The Dreaded Siete Vueltas on the Salkantay Trek

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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The steepest ascent as I was told on the trail is a part so named as the Siete Vueltas (seven Turns) as evident from the view here. 

The Plain above Soraypampa

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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With the snowy peak of Tucarhuay (5,910m) to my left the small plain lying above Soraypampa on the way to Salkantay Pass (4,600m) is rather too boggy for camping.

The Plain of Soraypampa

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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We were all drenched by the sudden torrential downpour that came late in the afternoon the day before and was hoping the worse was over w<a href="http://www.360cities.net/image/the-plain-of-soraypampa-peru">...(more)</a>

First Gimpse of Nevado Tucarhuay

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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Right ahead is the mighty glaciated mountain of Tucarhuay (5,910m) where by its foot lies the plain of Soraypampa (3,400m) on which our camp would be set up for our first night in the mountains.

The Mountain Amphitheater of Ausangate

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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I thought I would take this one last chance to see whether I could have a better view of the surrounding mountains when I <a href="http://www.360cities.net/image/the-mountain-amphitheater-of-ausangate-peru">...(more)</a>

Gully Behind Western Face of Ausangate

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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Immediately after Arapa Pass the trail becomes very sandy and skirts around the western edge of Ausangate. A huge verdant gully opens up below the trail contrasts sharply with the semi-arid sandy slope above.

The Very Rugged Landscape of Ausangate

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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A short side trip to this small bluff above the gully allows me an opportunity to have a commanding view of the highly rugged landscape further and beyond the confines of the valley.

Rain Coming My Way Enroute to Pacchanta

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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There are two more lakes further down along the way to Pacchanta. I did this side trip to take a better look at this larg<a href="http://www.360cities.net/image/rain-coming-my-way-enroute-to-pacchanta-peru">...(more)</a>

Gathering Storm Enroute to Qampa Pampa

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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The plain below this bluff is seriously boggy and one should tread with care. The clouds had by now all came together as one great blanket and soon another snow storm would follow.

The Glory of the Southwestern Face of Ausangate in its entirety

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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Taken a good few hundred meters from the actual Apachata Pass I managed to squeezed in the entire<a href="http://www.360cities.net/image/the-glory-of-the-southwestern-face-of-ausangate-in-its-entirety-peru">...(more)</a>

First Glimpse of Nevado Sorimana

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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Skirting along the sandy slope of the western face of Ausangate after Paso Arapa, one finally reaches the first tarn of many along the way with the view of the towering Nevado Sorimana in the distance.

Tarns and Lagunas below Nevado Sorimana

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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With the snow storm subsiding the twin lakes of Pumacocha and the lagunas and tarns at the foot of Nevado Sorimana could be seen clearly. A large herd of llamas and alpacas had just left this spot by the time I arrived.

The Sacred Laguna of Minaparayoc

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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On the way to the village of Pacchanta one could not but be gobsmacked by the sight of three beautiful lakes lying at the foot o<a href="http://www.360cities.net/image/the-sacred-laguna-of-minaparayoc-peru">...(more)</a>

View of Callangate on the way to Pacchanta

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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Just before the small settlement in Pacchanta, I took another shot of the mounatins before they were all smothered by the thickening clouds later on.

First Glimpse of Laguna Comaococha

Published over 1 year ago by Arroz Marisco

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Despite the cloudy weather the twin lakes of Comacocha (or Qomacocha) still shone with a dazzling turquoise colour at the foot of the 5,950m high Pacchanta, a minor peak of the Massif Callangate.