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Photo Project: 52 Bolivian Sundays [week 5, 'Unique']: the highest mountain in the Cordillera Real.

02 Feb

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At 6,438 m (21,122 ft), mount Illimani is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Real, the second highest in Bolivia and the 18th highest in the Andes.

Illimani

It lies just south of La Paz at the eastern edge of the Altiplano, dominating the city of La Paz like a sentinel on guard.

Illimani

It has three prominent peaks seen from La Paz  (it actually has several peaks over 6000 meters) and the most commonly climbed route is on the west face. To climb this mountain one should have some experience and be very well acclimatized. It’s recommended to spend at least 7 days above 3000 meters and work on some high altitude trekking, before any attempt! 

Illimani

Here, this series of images display the snow capped magnificent peak, waiting for a storm to come…a very common scenario during this time of the year… Despite the frightful image, the mountain remains peaceful among the dark clouds…

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…and after the storm has passed – the calming view of the mountain, once we’re safely back home, in La Paz! 

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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in BOLIVIA, photography, TRAVEL

 

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51 responses to “Photo Project: 52 Bolivian Sundays [week 5, 'Unique']: the highest mountain in the Cordillera Real.

  1. turtlestravel

    February 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I especially love the one after the storm. It looks like someone is actively blowing those big puffy clouds along…

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 4, 2013 at 12:05 am

      I know! Isn’t that picture fantastic? And obviously, completely natural.. no editing, no alterations… I also loved that! Thanks for taking the time to read through the post!

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  2. ideflex

    February 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Looks like there isn’t a whole lot to break an incoming storm! Thanks for the pingback.

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      You’re totally right! Here in Bolivia, storms are pretty common… very scary in the beginning, and yet, very beautiful when they’re over… One grows to love and appreciate their beauty and power! Thanks for stopping by – my pleasure to share interesting posts! :o

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  3. hotjazz17

    February 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Reblogged this on UNCOVER777.

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  4. Mike Hardisty

    February 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Thank you for the pingback. Too high for me. I’ll think I’ll keep to my much smaller mountains here in Snowdonia…

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      No problem! Thanks for taking the time to chech it out! I definitely have to take a look at Snowdonia! :o

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  5. bambangpriantono

    February 3, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Linda! :)

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  6. Archana RJ

    February 3, 2013 at 6:16 am

    wow! this is really beautiful and a bit scary to climb all the way up.
    Thank you for your pingback!

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  7. dearrosie

    February 3, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Did you hike in for any of the shots?
    Beautiful photos! My favorite is the top photo – the farm, the farm animals and the enormous snow capped mountain standing above it all.

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 3, 2013 at 1:54 am

      We were on the road, bak to La Paz, and I tried to snap the shots before the storm hit us and the city. Thanks for your interest and nice comments! :o

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  8. schedule22

    February 3, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Spectacular Scenery and Shots!

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  9. patriciamoed

    February 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous shots!

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  10. Colline

    February 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    What an amazing sight to see that white mountainside behind the green.

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  11. chiemayindah

    February 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Nice picture.. I like the combination of mountain and the cloud. What a beautiful scenery… :)

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you for your kind words… glad the post is being appreciated! :o

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  12. mrscarmichael

    February 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Magnificent!

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  13. colonialist

    February 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Tremendously alluring and scary all at the same time! I’d love to try strolling up there some time! :)
    The Andes is not for messing about on, though. Obviously, it needs to be taken very seriously.

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 2, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      You’re right: beautiful, scary, intriguing… all at the same time! Thank you very much for taking the time to stop by – much appreciated! :o

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  14. Margaret

    February 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Beautiful! Love the clouds.

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  15. mionsiog

    February 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    What most people will not understand from your photos is how cold it can get on the Altiplano. You freeze in the morning and night and roast at mid day. Crazy weather but love it.
    Thanks for the photos.
    Jose

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks Jose, for your comments! And you’re totally right – freeze in the morning & night… warm in the afternoon, with a few showers… totally right! :o

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  16. lagottocattleya

    February 2, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you for your pingback!

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  17. Lucid Gypsy

    February 2, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    A striking image, is climbing popular over there?

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks, Gilly – for some very brave people, yes, quite popular… clearly, I’m not among them! :o Just enjoy admiring the mountain!

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  18. Naomi Baltuck

    February 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    A beautiful mountain!

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 2, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you, Naomi! Tried to do my best before we were caught by the storm at the road! Thanks for stopping by! :o

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