"Located in the Ancash region of northern Peru, the Cordillera Blanca is the second highest mountain range in the world after the Himalayas. In fact, it includes at least 16 peaks that tower above 6000 meters (19,685 ft). Resting at their base are pristine lakes and rivers; luscious green valleys surround the magnificent snow-covered peaks. The landscapes are simply breathtaking. It should come as no surprise that the Cordillera is one of the prime spots for hiking, trekking and climbing in South America. For outdoor enthusiasts traveling to Peru, a visit to the Cordillera Blanca is certainly a must!"