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"HUARAZ : PASTORURI I" Peru Things to Do Tip by swesn

Peru Things to Do: 659 reviews and 852 photos

The excursion to Glacier Pastoruri will reach up to 5,400m above sea level. So, you need to bring along all the items that will keep you warm. Also, as it is indeed at a very high altitude indeed, you should make sure that you have already acclimatised yourself to Huaraz, at least, before you make this excursion.

We stopped by Las Aguas Gasificadas de Pumapampa which is a small pool permanently bubbling gassy mineral water. We were offered plastic cups to scoop the water with. I observed reddish sediments in the water. That would be iron. In fact, the grassy patch around the pool was stained with iron. Interesting taste. Tastes like iron.

There is also an interesting plant called La Puya Raymondi. This plant looks like a… well… phallus with a burst of leaves at the bottom. It can grow up to 12m in height and it can live to around 80 to 100 years. Once in its lifetime, it will flower for 3 months, after which it dies. But boy, does it flower… there are up to 6,000 flowers at this time. It must be a spectacular sight! But of course, now, we could not really see any of these in bloom. Apparently, this plant is near extinction now, found only in Peru and Bolivia in locations above 4,000m above sea level. Such an amazing-looking plant!

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  • Written Jan 12, 2008
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