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Hatun Machay

In a place full of awesome places, it is rare for something to stand out. A trip to the Cordillera Blanca can seem like a kaleidoscopic dream of the most incredible places you’ve ever seen. So it’s rare. And it’s full of mountains. Big icy mountains. It is not the sort of place you expect […]

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Ueli We Salute You

Great to see Ueli Steck in the Cordillera Blanca this week. What an incredible climber! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

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Glaciers, Climate Change & Tourism… Oh My!

Tourists view the massive ice walls of the Pastoriri Glacier. Last week, I went on a day excursion with a van full of other tourists (mostly from Lima) to the Pastoruri Glacier. The Pastoruri Glacier is south of the Cordillera Blanca at the head of the Pachacoto Basin, which is a tributary of Peru’s Santa […]

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Project Cordillera’s Approach to Sustainable Tourism

Andean Alliance’s Community Centre in the foothills of the Andes Project Cordillera is a group of adventurous professionals motivated by the idea that tourism can be a mutually beneficial experience for both visitors and locals of a place. This idea is represented by the phrase “sustainable tourism,” a type of development that seeks to maximize […]

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Carbo load complete

The countdown has begun. The replacement passport is winging its way to me. My Prusik loop tying skills are being practiced. My definitely authentic North-Face bag bought for five pounds in a Nepalese market is being stitched back together. Finally, my intense physical preparation is reaching its conclusion. It’s extremely important to make sure you put on […]

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44 Years Ago Today – Remembering the Great Peruvian Earthquake

On this day 44 years ago, as people sat down to watch hosts Mexico play the Soviet Union in the opening game of the 1970 World Cup, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of South America. The Great Peruvian Earthquake, as it came to be known, was felt as far away as […]

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Sometimes life…

Sometimes life puts an obstacle in your path. Sometimes small, little things that can be easily overcome. Sometimes bigger and sometimes unexpected. Sometimes you can see them coming from miles away and sometimes you inexplicably fall into them. Travelling condenses this down to a barrage of nuisances. Mountaineering then reduces it to an almost binary […]

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The Beginning

The idea for Project Cordillera was born amongst the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca in May 2013. I had climbed and trekked in these mountains before but the unique beauty of the Peruvian Andes and the communities that live there does not die hard. Speaking to friends and colleagues in Huaraz and Lima, I left […]

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