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Links for More Information

Here are some interesting links to sites in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru with maps, photos and information.

huascaran

Huascaran is the highest mountain in the Peruvian Andes at 22,205 feet. We'll see this mountain and many more like it on our drive through the region and later as we hike. The town of Huaraz is where we'll spend our fist day and night, acclimatizing to the higher altitude at about 10,000 feet. Huaraz is the starting point for treks through the Cordillera Blanca. Buses take hikers to the Llanganuco region or to Cashapampa for treks along the Santa Cruz trail like we did in 1999. Visit "Huaraz," where you can learn a lot about the area and view some spectacular pictures. Also, the Encyclopedia Britanica has information on Huascaran, and the two avalanches; the 1962 Avalanche that killed approximately 3,500 people and the larger 1970 one in which it is estimated that over 80 million cubic yards of ice and rock slid off the mountain, burying 10 villages and most of Yungay, killing over 20,000 people. It is considered one of the worst natural disasters of the 20th century.

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