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[ Admin ] - 10/15/2014 11:09:53 AM
Mountains, rivers, valleys, wild life and hidden minerals have attracted visitors and adventurers from all over the world to explore and extract hidden mineral fortunes. At over 4,000 miles in length, the andes mountains comprise the longest mountain range in the world. Visitors from around the world travel to the region to experience the dramatic scenery and indigenous culture. The andes extends through seven south american countries embracing tropical, dry and wet climates each with its own characteristic. Some of us spent time mining at altitudes of 11,000 ft. where you learn local customs and life itself have a special meaning. We would like you to share your experiences.

[ Gerard V. ] - 12/11/2014 5:17:08 PM
On one of my frequent trips to Colombia last winter I was determined to climb one of its mountains. After some research I concluded that Nevada del Ruiz (Manizales, Colombia) was probably within my abilities and visited the area. The scenery of the region is absolutely gorgeous with high glacier peaks on one side and beautiful valley on the other. I haven’t climbed yet but heard that even at around heights of 17000 ft. is doable and many people have already walked its snow glittered peaks. I’ll do it as soon as my wife lets me.

[ James ] - 12/22/2014 3:02:05 PM
We often hear that when traveling in south america a trip to the andes and a visit to Machu Picchu is a must. My work as a mineral prospector takes takes me to south america and often to the andes range. During my latest assignment I made sure to visit the inca sanctuary. After sign-up, buses, registration and assorted initial tasks I finally had a chance to hike and get the inca trail experience myself. Without going into any detail I will just say that I had a terrific time at Machu Picchu and my journey during the four day hiking trek was a pleasant one. The sights (and there are many) were incredible and having joined a group of hikers along with also very competent guides made the hiking delightfully worthwhile. I want to go back once more, but this time I’ll be better prepared with respect to inca traditions to fully appreciate the experience. I highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in hiking and a little adventure.

[ JMParf ] - 1/10/2015 9:06:14 PM
Years ago I had the opportunity to visit the ancient inca site called Puma Punku near lake Titicaca in the Bolivian-Peruvian border. Actually, my family and I were on vacation in Copacabana which is a small resort area by the lake. I knew Tiahuanaco and Puma Punku shared same origin and religious history and being close to these sites we took organized tours to these places. Upon my first viewing of the ruins of Puma Punku I got thinking as to why would anybody build in this otherwise desolate cold and seemingly sterile land. Once I started looking around Puma Punku could not help but stand in awe and admiration and a real odd-feeling of being surrounded by a cloud of some sort of spiritual significance. I had the chance to wander alone walking along the ruins observing the size of the stones and admiring the carving / sculpture and the precision of intricately interlocking blocks of hard rock. Really amazing! Makes you wonder how past civilizations could have sustained that kind of ingenuity and achieved this degree of architectural and engineering feat.

[ Jim ] - 3/15/2016 4:20:17 PM
I tried posting before but did not work. This is a test.

[ Enrique ] - 5/18/2016 1:00:48 PM
JMParf explica la sensacion que uno siente cuando uno esta en Puma Punku. La verdad es que este lugar tiene un aire de misterio excepcional. Toda esta region del altiplano Boliviano incluyendo Tiawanacu y otros lugares tienen historia que remontan a miles de anos.

[ Coburn ] - 12/3/2018 6:47:00 PM
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