To Serranía de Murillo

This collection of 11 images are the result of two walks high up in the Bolivian Andes.
I arrived on a Wednesday to one of the highest airports in the world at 4061.5 meters over sea level. The air is very thin at that altitude.Three days later on Sunday, two friends invited me to walk to view the great mountain range Serranías de Murillo, you can see it on the third image.We left at 4:00AM and drove to the furthest accesible road, several kilometres below the first image. We climbed in a slow ascent up to 5100 meters over sea level. Remembering what I was told when exercising to push over the pain, I tried that… bad advice at that altitude because of the lack of oxygen: I felt my heart stop for a couple of beats and my lungs seemed to freeze… not a pleasant experience. 
A few weeks later we walked the section at the foot of the mountain range: the marshlands or bofedales.I have very many more images of both of these journeys, I selected this few to share with you.

The sun rising behind the viewer
On the way back
Bofedales or marshlands
A section of Serranía de Murillo and valley
Serkhe Khollu: we walked past the laguna to the right to the edge at the side of the furthest snow mountain
\A stream on the valley below
On the valley…
Almost at the top, the view to the left
Two sacred mountains: Mururata and Illimani
Mururate behind the hills
Illimani as the sun rises …

Achachila Mayor: el Illimani

Achachila: To locals, the high mountain peaks are more than just breathtaking natural phenomena. Known as achachilas in Aymara and apus in Quechua, they’re also considered living beings inhabited by powerful spirits. As controllers of weather and the source of vital irrigation water, these mountain gods must be appeased with constant offerings and worship, since if angered they’re liable to send hailstorms, frost or drought to destroy crops.

Last light of the afternoon

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El Illimani: 5 panoramic views of its south face

New slide show with 5 panoramic views of that iconic mountain: Illimani, its south face.

Please follow this link to view the rest of the images: http://molinabarrios.com/photos/el-illimani-5-vistas-panoramicas/

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Llamas and the art of shepherding

A shepherdess takes her herd up the mountain, she uses her sling shot to keep them together.

The drama of nature: a baby llama is alone as the sun sets and bleats anxiously having been left behind. Its instinct will guide it (we hope) to safety before a condor finds it…

Shepherdess

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Llamas-4

 

 

 

 

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