Once upon a time Chacaltaya was a glacier, an 18,000 year old glacier many metres deep in snow. In its hey day it was a fashionable Bolivian ski resort frequented by presidents and Olympic skiers. It was the highest ski resort in the world and the first to be built in Latin America. European alpinists used to travel there to acclimatize before venturing into the Andean wilderness. Now it is bedrock.
by Katarina Horrox