The Cordillera Blanca
It is a region of glaciers, hanging valleys, and lakes. It has also been a region of destruction rocked by periodic earthquakes. Mud, ice, and water from the lakes have poured down from the mountainsides onto the fertile and populous valley below. There are peaceful colonial villages which have escaped the damage and new concrete towns which have been built on its ruins.
The people are mostly of Inca stock, but the archaeological remains do not compare with those of the Cusco region. It is a place to visit for the scenery.
We toured the region for 3 weeks in July 2006. We provide 4 pages of route notes containing thumbnail links to 40 photographs:
[Click on the rectangular boxes to see detailed maps.]
Also shown on the map is the route of
A further 6 photos are included in the narrative.
There is a high-res map covering much of the trip (revised 2011) and a new map showing the route we took to L. Safuna in our subsequent visit:
The GPS tracks were not recorded at the time but drawn subsequently (2019) from Google Maps. They should be used with caution.