Cerro Tunari, Bolivia
Prominence: 553 m, 1815 ft
Elevation: 5023 meters, 16,480 feet
True Isolation: 7.73 km, 4.8 mi
|Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)||17° 17' 8'' S, 66° 23' 34'' W|
-17.285641, -66.392733 (Dec Deg)
777181 E 8086971 N, Zone 19 (UTM)
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|This peak is known as Cerro Tunari by locals and it is very popular since it is visible from the Cochabamba valley including from the cities of Cochabamba and Quillacollo, (it is even depicted in the logo of the local beer "Taquiña") (and people sometimes even call themselves "Cochabambinos, sons of Tunari) however there is some confusion because most people in the Cochabamba valley and even some published sources say the highest peak in this area is Cerro Tunari, the real highest point in this cordillera is a peak about 8 km to the north that has already been identified in the peak bagger database as being "Cerro Tunari". It's actual name is Cerro Pirhuata and it is 5060 meter high making it the higest summit in the Cocapata/ Tunari range.|
This peak is the real Cerro Tunari, ask any local they would always point out to this peak and they say this one is "Cerro Tunari", the highest peak Cerro Pirhuata is not visible from the valley and most people (in the Cochabamba valley) don't even know about it.
In the mountains and high plateau (from where both mountains are visible) there are a few shepherds and i tried to approach them to ask the name of the two mountains to clarify the situation, but unfortunately they didn't speak any Spanish, just Quechua.
I've seen different topographic maps of the area, they usually have Tunari signaled, in this location, but others place it in the Cerro Pirhuata 8 km to the north, so for the time being I'll call this mountain Cerro Tunari Sur.
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