Las Lagunas de Llanganuco y Yungay

Last week, some other students and I visited the Lagunas de Llanganuco in Huascaran National Park. This may have been one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. The glacial lakes were this magnificent bright bluish-green color and the view of mountain peaks was unreal. After we spent some time at the lakes, we decided to hike down a forested path to the main road. The hike took us about an hour or so, but no one minded because of where we were and the views we had. Near our path there was a rushing river coming from the glaciers, two of the students wanted to swim in it but it was so cold that putting our feet in it was sufficient enough.

After visiting the glacial lakes, we drove down to Campo Santo de Yungay. Campo Santo de Yungay is the site of where the old city of Yungay existed before the avalanche of 1970. On May 31, 1970, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Peru which subsequently caused a section of Huascaran to break off causing an avalanche that decimated the city of Yungay. It is estimated that 20,000 people died in the Province of Yungay while only approximately 300 people survived. The area we visited had been converted into a memorial for the people of Yungay and parts of buildings and cars are being uncovered as the earth continues to settle. It was a tremendously sad place.


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