This was my (Manrico’s) second trip to South America in three years. This time I went with Ellen, Stephan, Sue, and Terry, a mostly different group from my 1981 trip. Our objective was to do some easy climbing followed by travel. We took about a month which was half as long as my 1981 trip.
After a few days of acclimatizing in La Paz, Bolivia we attempted to climb Kunturiri (also known as Condiriri) which we quickly realized was too difficult for us. We still managed to get high on the mountain to enjoy the views over the Bolivian altiplano. Then it was a climb of Huayna Potosi (6,088 meters) overlooking La Paz and with views to Lake Titicaca.
With the climbing portion over, we flew to Cusco, Peru to see the Inca ruins there and at Machu Picchu. From there we took the train to Puno on the west side of Lake Titicaca. Then bus to Copacabana in Bolivia and boat to the east side of Lake Titicaca. Then home. The Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Puno portions were a repeat of my 1981 trip but were definitely worth seeing again. It was a fun trip all-round.
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