Published: December 10th 2007December 10th 2007
Huascaran and Unicorns?
Huascaran is the tallest mountain in Peru at over 22,000 feet. It is located near Huaraz, Peru in the Cordillera Blanca (Range in the Andes Mountains).
Happy Holidays Everyone! We definitely miss the holiday feeling down here in Lima. It is just not the same as the weather gets warmer and warmer. Everyday starts off with low clouds followed by clearing around noon. The average daytime temperature along the coast (when the Sun comes out) is about 70-75 degrees.
After thinking about it for a long time, Mom and Dad Bergeron decided to come down to Peru for a week for a quick visit. We spent the first few days in Miraflores and Lima getting acquainted with the surroundings, eating great seafood, visiting museums, and sampling a few Peruvian beverages. Dad was very interested in trying the cuy (guinea pig) but after hearing that it had too many small bones, he decided to pass.
They were very interested about seeing the Andes Mountains so Melanie and I decided to take them on a quick three day trip to the mountain town of Huaraz which is about a 7 1/2 hour bus ride north of Lima. We made sure everyone was well medicated with the high altitude pill Diamox. I was a little worried about how their bodies would react to 12,000 feet but there were
no problems. Everyone was impressed by the incredible vistas of the mountains and lakes.
On the last evening in Lima, we had a salsa instructor come over to our apartment to give us a little 60 minute lesson. I wish I could have taken a video of the lesson......my Dad has got some moves! It was great having them both here in Lima!
Melanie just left for jungle city of Iquitos today to work on her Dengi Fever project for the next two weeks. I will be meeting up with her later this week. After her work, we decided to go ahead and stay for Christmas and return back to Lima on December 27th. We are not exactly sure what we are going to do yet but we will be armed with DEET and malaria medication.
Have a fantastic Holiday Season!!!
Melanie and Bill
There are more photos below