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- Taken by
- Jeff Cremer
- Explore score
- 1.79 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Jul 19, 2011
- Date taken
- Jul 19, 2011
Nikon D7000 + 70-200mm f/2.8 G...
The Andes is the longest and one of the highest mountain ranges in the world. This range runs along the Pacific coast of South America for more than 7000 kilometers. From the vicinity of the Caribean Sea to the Cape Horn the Andes cross seven countries, even though the highest peaks over 6000 meters can only be found in the Central Andes at the South Hemisphere.
The Cordillera Central is a mountain region made up of a few small peaks in the province of Huarochiri, limited by Nevado Rajuntay in the N and the Pariacaca group in the E. The set of peaks in the Ticlio area (Anticona, San Andrés, Santa Rosa, Yanashinga, Lorito, Volcan and Meiggs) are by far the most visited in the range because its proximity to the road Lima-La Oroya. The highest points in Cordillera Central are Huacaypaca (5365 m), Tunac (5315 m), San Luis (5310 m), Juri (5310 m), Huayracancha (5300 m), Shira (5300 m), Ucrupata (5300 m) and Huachhua (5300 m).
Ticlio is a railway crossing loop on the Ferrocarril Central Andino (FCCA) in Peru whose main claim to fame is that it was the highest railway junction in the world, with an elevation of 4,758 m (15,610 ft) above sea-level. It lies at km 171 just on the Pacific side of the Andes watershed. The standard gauge line through the station was opened in 1893 and from 1921 it was the junction for the now-closed branch to Morococha. There are now no regular passenger services on the FCCA. On the approach to Ticlio eight tunnels were necessary in a stretch of less than two miles (3 km).
This pass is supposed to be the highest paved road in South America
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