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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...
Waterfall

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
Zoutvlakte
Witches market in La Paz
Onze Death Road groep

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca October 20th 2013

Terwijl de herfst rustig verder kabbelt, blikken we terug op afgelopen zomer op www.patagoniandreams.com for english version of this entry with more pics, please visit www.patagoniandreams.com... read more
Starting the descent from Ishinca (5530m)
Mountaineering in the Cordillera Blanca
Mountaineering in the Cordillera Blanca

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca September 18th 2013

Hello again, I know, twice in one day, you must be thinking "Wow, I have done something right today to be this lucky!" Nope, actully I have had 13 hours in Lima in between last night's night bus and tonight's night bus, and basically nowhere to go. Like a vagrant. Or a tramp. But the good kind of tramp, like the Charlie Chaplin one. Anyways... So I left off being ushered onto a bus by Liz's mom, only to discover how awesome Peuvian buses are. A very welcome discovery, as was about to spent 8 hours on said bus heading to Huaraz. I already discussed how they are Laz-Y Boys, but did I talk about the food? Great! How about the BINGO game??? Bingo? You ask, yes, BINGO. After lunch we all were handed out BINGO ... read more
Charrup
Love the meat market!
Breakfast?

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

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South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca June 27th 2013

Reeds 5 weken vertoeven we in de Hoge Andes van Peru, alle laatste nieuws en fotos vind je op www.patagoniandreams.com for english version of this entry with more pics, please visit www.patagoniandreams.com... read more
Massive deforestation left the Cordillera Blanca denuded before the range (above 4000m) was put in conservation through the Huascaran National Park in 1975. Only some patches of the Queñua trees thrive in remote valleys and give the wanderer a feeling
Leaving the Andean village of Yanama through farming lands towards the Quebrada Huaripampa. The acutal glaciated peaks are hidden in thick clouds, unusual for the time of the year.
Coming down from Alto de Pucaraju pass (4650m) with the east face of Taulliraju (5830m) touching cloud. Can you spot Katrijn?

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca June 20th 2013

The big day we had been acclimatising for had finally come, lake 69. I woke with terrible muscle pains in my legs due to trekking to the ice falls the day before and knew it couldn't be a good start, I hobbled to breakfast to meet with Sophie and Bruce who were also tired from the day before. We set off by 10am in a taxi to the start of our trek. The first part of the hike was pleasantly flat, with picturesque views of cow laden valleys and fresh streams stemming from high cascades. The end of the valley seemed to come to a dead end as we approached, we were soon to realise that it in fact went straight up, to the source of the high cascades. The first half of the mountain path ... read more
Lake 69!!
Danel and his lunch
The first lake

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca June 19th 2013

High in the Cordillera Blanca behind llanganuco lodge, towers the great Huandoy mountain, the second highest in peru at 6,395 metres. The gianormous snow capped mountain constantly drops large amounts of snow from its high glaciers onto the Rajururi gorge below, a popular spot for locals to hike up with their donkeys to harvest the ice. The 5 hour return hike starts behind the lodge Past the bright blue lake and ruins of keushu. Although less popular than the llanganuco lakes, it was a beautiful hike. As we started to climb through the Rajuri gorge we were met with pretty streams and dense bush, losing the path a few times we finally made it to an opening where the trail stopped. The terrain soon became rocky and steep, with large car sized bolders that i can ... read more
Views of the melting glacier
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South America » Peru » Ancash » Yungay June 17th 2013

About 2 hours north of Huaraz is the town of Yungay, it is a small and somewhat ordinary looking town after being completely destroyed in 1970 when an earthquake caused a massive landslide which killed the entire population, near 20,000. Although there is not much to do in the town of Yungay, the mountains above it are a hikers dream with the beautiful codilla Blanca mountain ranges, glaciers, bright blue lakes and one lodge, Llanganuco lodge. We had booked 4 nights in the remote lodge. Although basic with solar lighting, gas heated water and candle lit dinners, the rooms felt quite luxurious with big fluffy warm duvets and pillows. The highlight of the trip however were the people we met, Charlie the owner with his 2 large male rodesion ridgebacks,the little female puppy ridgeback Zulu and ... read more
Humming bird
The walk to llanganuco lake
Llanganuco lake and boats

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
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