Blogs from Huaraz, Ancash, Peru, South America


South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz April 8th 2014

Sunday 6th April (Odyssey Day 149) Breakfast was set for 0700 and the whole of cook group was there early for a change! My new group is Group 4, consisting of myself, Mike, Hannah and Bartley this time. No complaints from me, it’s a good group. Packing our stuff back into the truck, Simon managed to get our bowls back from the Tucan cook tent and while there, stuck an Odyssey sticker on a pot. Hannah then put one under their trestle table and our group found it absolutely hilarious. Nothing quite like showing your maturity, hey? We got going at 0800 and today we head for Huaraz. To get there we headed off down the coast for quite a way before turning inland. Then we headed away from the coastal plains and over some rather ... read more
Travel Day

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz March 16th 2014

Another early morning arrival, another town and it was once again time to kick off the flip flops and get out the fleeces, waterproofs and hiking shoes. We had arrived in Huaraz; gateway town to the Cordillera Blanca which is home to some of the highest and most spectacular peaks in Peru. Still half asleep from the overnight journey, we stumbled off the bus and into a taxi which took us five minutes around the corner to our hostel. With Gem's belly still not quite right we decided it was about time to see a doctor. Once we had both done our best mime act of a person with diarrhoea to the lady in our hostel, the penny finally dropped and she understood what we were getting at. A couple of hours later, with briefcase in ... read more
Cordillera Blanca
Parting of the clouds...

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz December 5th 2013

Inmiddels ben ik weer in Peru en heb helaas afscheid moeten nemen van Bolivia... Wat is dat een mooi land, zo divers! Maar Peru heeft gelukkig ook z´n voordelen: lekker eten en veel beter internet :) Na mijn laatste blog ben ik nog even naar 5300 meter geweest en heb ik op ´s werelds meest gevaarlijke weg gefietst. Maar eerst nog wat hoogtepunten waar ik de vorige keer niet aan toe was gekomen. In Sucre (waar ik de vorige keer over schreef) heb ik Laurie (Engeland) en Oscar (Switserland) ontmoet. Met z´n drietjes zijn we naar Potosí gereisd om de zilvermijnen te bezoeken. In de mijnen van de berg zijn sinds 1500 naar schatting 8 miljoen mannen gestorven tijdens hun werk. De mijnwerkers moeten al hun spullen zelf kopen, dus onze gids zette ons eerst af ... read more
Witches market in La Paz
Onze Death Road groep

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz » Huascaran National Park July 21st 2013

Départ de Trujillo à 05h30, comme prévu. Changement de bus pour Huaraz vers 08h30. Il était facile de somnoler jusqu'à ce qu'un vendeur d'encyclopédies muni d'un haut-parleur nous enlève tout espoir de sommeil... En nous réveillant, nous ouvrons les yeux sur un paysage magnifique, mais cela a un prix : nous frôlons les ravins, et même en passant la tête par la fenêtre, il est difficile de distinguer 5cm de la route. Lorsque le bus arrive au terminus, nous cherchons l'hôtel, mais comprenons au bout de 30min que ... nous ne sommes pas à Huaraz ! C'est donc parti pour un nouveau bus pour arriver 1h plus tard à Huaraz. Le lendemain, réveil vers 08h30 avec l'intention de partir en rando à la Laguna 69, mais nous apprenons pendant le petit dej qu'il fallait se réveiller ... read more

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz June 14th 2013

We were abruptly woken as the lights of our night bus were turned on and our blankets taken from us. We were somewhere near Huaraz but it was very dark still. Somehow our bus had managed to arrived 2 hours early and it was now 5.40 in the morning. As we stepped off the bus we suddenly realized how under dressed we were for the bitter cold morning of Huataz. We quickly entered the very open and cold bus station before ripping our bags open and frantically putting on every article of clothing we owned at once. It was still not enough though and we were left shivering whilst we waited for the sun to come up. Some hours later we were finally in a taxi headed to our hostel Monkeywasi. Our first glimpse of Huaraz ... read more
Buying gloves
The Glacier


South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz » Huascaran National Park May 28th 2013

Hey, We are looking to find out what is the best/easiest way to get from Huaraz in Peru to Leticia in Colombia. My understanding is that this isn't the most accessible area and can only be reached via boat or air. Would anyone have any suggestions as to how to go about this? Regards, Seán... read more

Atsikeliu 5.30, pasitikrinu kuprines ar viską pasiėmiau, papusryčiauju ir laukiu kol atvažiuos autobusiukas manes paimti. Netrukus su langais papypsina atvažiaves mikriukas, tad išbėgu į lauką. Pasirodo šis ne pas mane. Didžiąją kuprinę pasidedu į saugojimo kambariuką ir netrukus sulaukiu savojo autobusiuko. Kompanija idomi, 6 izraeliečiai, 2 britai, australas ir mergina iš naujosios zelandijos. Iš ryto visi nelabai kalbūs, gal tik išskyrus izrealiečius. Važiuojam apie valandą iki kito miestelio. Čia kas nori gali papusryčiaut kavinėj ar nusipirkti užkandžių parduotuvėj. Čia praleidžiam dar valandą ir važiuojam iki kaimelio iš kurio pradedam savo žygį. Čia mūsų jau laukia 4 asilai ant kurių sukraunami visi daigtai... palapinės, miegmaišiai, maistas. Čia nacionalinis parkas, tad prie įėjimo dar tenka papildomai susimokėti. Netrukus įlendam ... read more

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz May 4th 2013

Kaip ir planavom, atsikeliam 3.30, susirinkam daigtus pasigavę gatvėj taksi važiuojam į oro uostą. Atvažiuojam kaip tik laiku, labai ilgai laukti nereikia. Palydžiu Maysa iki skrydžio vartų ir atsisveikinęs važiuoju iki autobusų terminalo. Kažkaip liūdna pasidaro likus vienam, vistik mėnesį laiko kartu praleidom. Autobusų stotį randu reikiamą autobusą į Huaraz miestą. Išvykimo tenka palaukti porą valandų, o po to 8 valandų kelionė. Peru pakrantė gan nuobodi, daug smėlio, tiesiog dykuma, bet kai tik pasukam link kalnų, vaizdas greit keičiasi. Atsirandau kur kas daugiau žalumos, o netrukus tolumoje pradeda šmėžuoti baltos kalnų viršūnės. Sakoma, kad aplink Huaraz esantys kalnai patys gražiausi visoje Peru, ir vieni gražiausių visoj pietų amerikoj. Ir tai tiesa, kalnų viršūnės aštrios ir bene tobulos formos. Atvažiaves į miestą greit susira... read more

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz April 3rd 2013

Into the mountains As we get set to leave Hauraz and the Cordillera Blanca, let me tell you about a place which is once again full of contradictions, and once again completely different from the other places we have been so far. The toughest part about Huaraz for both of us has been theses contradictions. To arrive in such a beautiful place only to be sick from the extreme altitude. To venture out into the streets only to be attacked by diesel fumes which made us both sick. To hike in some of the most beautiful places on earth, but deal with poorly run, companies to get you there. These are the things that make travel so difficult, yet so rewarding at the same time. One unexpected point about the city of Huaraz (most people's stopping ... read more
Our first hike
At the lake
The faces of the Cordillera Blanca

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz » Huascaran National Park November 5th 2012

Leaving the coast behind we travelled from sea level to 3600 meters up in a matter of hours. Another drive on windy roads high into the mountains, after being back at 0 meters for a few days altitude kicked in again quickly. After the beauty and warm weather of the beachside it was a slight shock to arrive into Huaraz, it’s a loud, dirty looking town - seems like every other road has been dug up, including the one with our accommodation – it’s cold, rainy and dark mid-afternoon. But my reason for visiting wasn’t so much the town but the surrounding national parks. High up in the Andes Huaraz is dominated by the highest tropical mountain range in the world, The Cordillera Blanca, and Peru’s highest peak, Huascaran. After a night in the hotel it ... read more
National Park
Lake 68
Lake 68

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