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The sheer icy face of Alpamayo, tilting at about 60 degrees, makes this peak in the Cordillera Blanca range of the Peruvian Andes one of the most stunning mountains in the world. (In fact, in 1966 an international survey officially designated it the world’s most beautiful mountain.) The peak is part of Huascarán National Park, home to jaguars, tapirs and endangered spectacled bears.

aguna 69 in Parque Nacional Huascarán, a huge area that includes most of the Cordillera Blanca highlands, about two hours north of Huaraz, Peru.