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South America, Northern and Central Chile, Paniri, Indian Ascents

Paniri, Indian Ascents. Anthropologist J. Rinehard and Father J. Sarracino ascended in 1980 the snowy volcano Paniri (5940 meters, 19,488 feet), located northeast of the town of San Pedro de Atacama and reported the following findings, which attest to the high mountaineering activity by the ancient Atacameñan and Inca highlanders that dwelt in that area: five groups of ruins disposed around the crater, with some wood and lumber within the enclosures; one of the ruins still had a wall standing six feet tall and a door frame. The climbers also located a small lake in the bottom of the crater. Information from Antonio Beorchia, San Juan, Argentina.

Eveljo Echevarría