The name ¨Illimani¨ comes from the Aymara people and means ¨Golden Eagle.¨ It is a befitting title for the highest mountain (21,200 ft/6900m) in the Cordillera Real which lies (16 390S; 67 470W) just south of the city of La Paz, Bolivia. For those of us who live here, Illimani is both landmark and companion. The city is defined by it´s presence and it´s caps of snow, more aptly described as high-altitude tropical glaciers. Quite literally, there is not a day that goes by without Pacenos (residents of La Paz) looking up to catch a glimpse of Illimani and not feeling better for having the city accompanied by a consort of such magnitude. Jallalla!
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