Bolivia

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Our first view of Illimani from our hotel room in La Paz
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Our first few days we spent acclimating. Tiwanaku was a major center for a pre-Incan, pre-Aymaran culture.
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Very few artifacts like this remain, but this one was really cool.
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The Puerta del Sol at TIwanaku.
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Carvings in the main excavation at Tiwanaku
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The stone walls were amazing
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Looking into La Paz, from El Alto
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Another acclimatization day was spent going to Chacaltaya. This was our first view of Huana Potosi, one of the peaks we hoped to climb
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The east face of Huayna Potosi. Our route goes up the snowfield in the center, and up the ridgeline on the right
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The remains of the Chacaltaya ski area...a recent casualty of global warming
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The old Chacaltaya ski lodge
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Illimani (another of the peaks on our list) from Chacaltaya
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Us on the summit of Chacaltaya (5300m), as high as we have ever been! Huayna Potosi in the background
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Hiking in the Andes
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Valley of the Moon, a cool little park on the outskirts of La Paz. Looks like a mini-Bryce
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Heading out for our first climbs. Packing up the mules for the trip to Condoriri
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Now the west face of Huayna Potosi. This is definitely one of the most aesthetic peaks I have ever seen
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About the only wildlife we saw on the Altiplano...
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Hiking in to Condoriri
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Getting closer...
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The Condor, another planned ascent
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Cool villages throughout the hike. All the houses were made of stone, as were the fences and walls
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More wildlife. The llamas and alpacas are everywhere
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The Condoriri Group
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Celia, our cook, heading for base camp
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Aguja negra, another peak in the Condoriri Group, from our basecamp
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Most of the climbing took place in the middle of the night, but here Beckie makes her way to the summit of our first peak, Alpamayo Pequeno
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Us on the summit of Alpamayo Pequeno (17,618 feet)