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I will have two Cisco routers at Location A serving the same internal networks, and one router in location B.

Currently, I have one router in each location with a IPSec site-to-site tunnel connecting them. It looks something like:

Location A:

crypto map crypto-map-1 1 ipsec-isakmp 
 description Tunnel to Location B
 set peer 12.12.12.12
 set transform-set ESP-3DES-SHA 
 match address internal-ips

Location B:

crypto map crypto-map-1 1 ipsec-isakmp 
 description Tunnel to Location A
 set peer 11.11.11.11
 set transform-set ESP-3DES-SHA 
 match address internal-ips

Can I achieve fail over by simply adding another set peer at location B?:

Location A (New secondary Router, configuration on previous router stays the same):

crypto map crypto-map-1 1 ipsec-isakmp 
     description Tunnel to Location B
     set peer 12.12.12.12
     set transform-set ESP-3DES-SHA 
     match address internal-ips

Location B (Configuration Changed):

crypto map crypto-map-1 1 ipsec-isakmp 
     description Tunnel to Location A
     set peer 11.11.11.11
     ! 11.11.11.100 is the ip of the new second router at location A
     set peer 11.11.11.100
     set transform-set ESP-3DES-SHA 
     match address internal-ips

Cisco Says:

For crypto map entries created with the crypto map map-name seq-num ipsec-isakmp command, you can specify multiple peers by repeating this command. The peer that packets are actually sent to is determined by the last peer that the router heard from (received either traffic or a negotiation request from) for a given data flow. If the attempt fails with the first peer, Internet Key Exchange (IKE) tries the next peer on the crypto map list.

But I don't fully understand that in the context of a failover scenerio (One of the routers as Location A blowing up).

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Yes, this is the right way to do it. You can also set the default keyword after set peer ... if you prefer to use one of the two routers by default

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