Pastoruri Glacier, Huascaran National Park
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Get acquainted with Peru's snowy peaks at Pastoruri Glacier. Don't miss the chance to get an up close experience with a glacier here, as it is the only one accessible by road in the entire world. The glacier has lost over 15% of its ice mass over the past 35 years, while the planet in that time has seen ten of its hottest years on record. Despite the chilly temperature, visitors are advised to take plenty of water along with them due to the glacier being 5,250 m (17,200 ft) above sea level. Arrange to visit Pastoruri Glacier and other attractions in Huascaran National Park using our Huascaran National Park vacation planner.
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  • I was lucky to go in an era where many had Puya Raimondi blooming and looked beautiful. the arrival to the glacier, you can explore it (a part) on horse. Then, you have to walk uphill. Tires, because it's height. But it is worth seeing the landscape. Take shelter because although there is Sun, it's cold.
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  • I was in August in Peru and met the Pastoruri Glacier. We stayed 2 days in Huaraz and the walk to the Glacier, as well as meet this beautiful region and see the Glacier which is very beautiful, the intent was to prepare for the next day. To reach the site of the Glacier to get to the final destination has a 2 KM climb that seems easy, but due to altitude everything is harder but we were up and we contemplate this wonder. Is there another way to climb part of the path that is horse (costs), but for those who will meet the Laguna 69 recommend climb on foot ... to acclimate to the altitude. Recommend this tour for those who get little time in Huaraz to prepare and enjoy a totally different beauty of Brazil.
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  • On the path leading to the glacier, a break was needed to admire hundreds of Puya Raimondi who this year are covered with thousands of flowers... absolutely fabulous. At the entrance to the site of the glacier, we had horses to cover half of the journey, the lack of oxygen can be felt seriously. With the obvious aim of protection of the glacier, the last part is done on foot, up to 5000 m, go slowly adapting his breath (breathe through the nose and breathe out long), it is not easy for non used but what reward arriving. Although its melting is accelerating quickly, the glacier is impressive. Unfortunately, the behavior of the visitors (the majority Peruvians) who do not respect the limits and mark the way of papers, plastics. We picked up a whole bag just down... too bad
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