Mum falls to her death after hike to witness famous sunrise

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A mum of one died in a freak accident when she fell from a mountain on a hike to see a spectacular sunrise.

Holidaymaker Maria Lucia 'Malu' Paternostro, 46, had been hiking in the Peruvian Andes when she is believed to have slipped on August 1.

Friends say she had been on an early morning trip to see the sun rise over the mountains and fell while she was trekking back.

Her body was in such a remote spot that rescuers could not retrieve it until the following day, according to local media.

The mother's body proved difficult to access for rescue teams. Source: Australscope/
The mother's body proved difficult to access for rescue teams. Source: Australscope/

Malu was an adviser to Humberto Martins, the President of the Superior Court of Justice in Brazil.

Her friends said she loved nature and had previously gone on similar hikes.

Relatives have said her 12-year-old daughter is suffering from shock.

A colleague described her as "extremely intelligent, diligent, competent and dedicated".

"An exemplary employee, a great loss to the court. We were all very saddened," he added.

While her friend Adriano Zed Teles, who owns the CrossFit gym where she trained, said she was "a high-spirited person, thrilled by others' achievements, happy, always charismatic and radiant".

"She was good and peaceful. Much loved."

The Andes Mountains are the highest mountain range outside Asia. The southern summit of Mount Huascaran reaches 6,768 metres and is the highest point in Peru.

- Australscope/ Newsflash

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