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Photographer's Note

Further along on the drive to the Quechua settlement at Rio Blanco, we stopped to go play with a herd of llamas. We spent about 10 minutes standing on the side of a hill as a herd of over hundred llamas walked by within feet of us. These llamas are not wild, but neither are the completely domesticated. i do not understand the principles of llama ownership, but we were in the middle of a barren wasteland with no fences for miles, with no people other than subsistence farmers anywhere.

In this picture, a few of the herd seemed destined for Coropuna, a volcano of 21,079 ft. (6,425 m.) Coropuna was officially first summited by Hiram Bingham, who is well known for "discovering" Machu Picchu, although there are rumors of earlier ascents, even dating as far back as the Inca Empire.

The elevation when this picture was taken was somewhere between 11,500-12,500 feet, i believe (3,500-3,800 m).

Also included is another picture taken with more llamas. i didn't like it enough to post it as its own picture, but it does add some good context.

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Additional Photos by Sam Beer (SamB) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 58 N: 416] (1948)
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