Tuco (mountain)

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Tuku, Huanaco Punta
Tuco is located in Peru
Highest point
Elevation5,479 m (17,976 ft) [1]
Coordinates9°55′27″S 77°11′57″W / 9.92417°S 77.19917°W / -9.92417; -77.19917Coordinates: 9°55′27″S 77°11′57″W / 9.92417°S 77.19917°W / -9.92417; -77.19917
LocationPeru, Ancash Region
Parent rangeCordillera Blanca
First ascent1-1963 via N.W. slopes[1]

Tuco,[2][3][4] Tuku,[1] Tucu[5] (possibly from Quechua tuku, owl)[6] or Huanaco Punta[7] (possibly from Quechua wanaku guanaco and Spanish punta peak, ridge; first, before, in front of)[6][8][9] is a mountain in the Andes in South America. Its summit is 5,479 m (17,976 ft)) high and it is one of the southernmost peaks in the snow-capped Cordillera Blanca in northwestern central Peru. Tuco is located in the Ancash Region, Bolognesi Province, Aquia District and in the Recuay Province, Catac District.[10] It is situated northeast of Caullaraju, between Challhua in the west and Pastoruri in the east.[7]

Other neighboring peaks are Juchuraju or Condorjitanca (5,392 m (17,690 ft)) and Santón (5,100 m (16,700 ft)).[5][7] Raju Cutac (5,355 m (17,569 ft)) is the only peak further south in the Cordillera Blanca.[5][7]

A stream also named Tuco originates near the mountain and flows out to lakes Aguashcocha and Conococha, at the headwaters of Santa River.[5][7]


  1. ^ a b c Taken from Mountaineering in the Andes by Jill Neate Peru RGS-IBG Expedition Advisory Centre, 2nd edition, May 1994
  2. ^ John Biggar, The Andes: A Guide for Climbers.2015
  3. ^ Díaz, Felipe (2008–2009). Carta Turística. Cordilleras Blanca, Negra, Huayhuash y Callejón de Huaylas.
  4. ^ escale.minedu.gob.pe - UGEL map of the Bolognesi Province (Ancash Region)
  5. ^ a b c d Alpenvereinskarte 0/3b. Cordillera Blanca Süd (Peru). 1:100 000. Oesterreichischer Alpenverein. 2005. ISBN 3-937530-05-3.
  6. ^ a b Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  7. ^ a b c d e Peru 1:100 000, Recuay (20-i). IGN (Instituto Geográfico Nacional - Perú).
  8. ^ David Weber, A Grammar of Huallaga (Huánuco) Quechua, University of California Press, p. 185
  9. ^ homepage.ntlworld.com/robert_beer Robert Beér, Armando Muyolemaj, Dr. Hernán S. Aguilarpaj, Vocabulario comparativo, quechua ecuatoriano - quechua ancashino - castellano - English, Brighton 2006: Spanish Casa, Kichwa Wasi, Ancash Quechua Wayi, English House
  10. ^ escale.minedu.gob.pe - UGEL map of the Bolognesi Province (Ancash Region)