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Published: October 13th 2015
Statue in Huaraz
Huaraz is a small town that is central for hiking in the Cordillera Blanco. It is the base for the Santa Cruz trek (4D, 3N) & for smaller day trips out from the town.
Me & Jin travelled together to here. How I got there:
Booked our tickets with Linea for S/.25 at the agent in Huanchaco - you need your passport (or at least the number) to complete the booking.
The bus left at 8am from the Linea terminal in Trujillo on Avenue America.
So we had to catch a "H" (no heart!) bus from Huanchaco at 6.30am in order to be at the terminal on time as the trip takes 1 hour. Tell the conductor you want Linea/Av America & they stop right outside the station - the agent wrote it down for us as well.
The bus took 9hrs to get to Huaraz & stopped for lunch at a reasonably priced restaurant where a set menu lunch set you back S/.6.00 Where I ate:
Market - S/.5 for fried pork with Maize & salad.
Street Sellers - Churros - 50c each so good
(had a few of them over a couple of days!)
- Pizza - S/.2.50 a slice served with a hot brown sugar drink.
Ceviche restaurant "El Delfin" - S/.6.00 for set lunch, soup followed by Trucha Fruta (trout served with rice & potatoes)
The last night I had an amazing Burger with Bacon & cheese + chips for S/.7.00 it was on a side street by a Don Queso shop & it was one of the best burgers I've had! Where I stayed:
Cuna de Oro hotel 1st night was S/.30 & then we were able to move to a cheaper room for S/.20 because it had no TV & the bathroom was not ensuite; both were a double room. The showers were hot & had reasonable pressure but the bathrooms were a bit grubby (mould around the seals) also they didn't empty the toilet bin every day. Wifi was good once were moved down to floor 3 but very poor on 5. Bedrooms were clean but nothing special, pillows were bad. What I did:
As we got in late the 1st evening we spent the 1st day walking around the town & doing some shopping. This was mainly to acclimatise to the altitude before doing any hiking.
From the local market I brought a cap S/.15 & some alpaca gloves S/.10. We also went & checked out bus times/prices to Lima & booked our tour for the following day.
Day 2: We hiked up to Laguna 69 cost S/.30 this included transport to the start of the hike, a guide who supplied coca tea & transport back. We booked with Perudiamonds who seemed to be the cheapest.
We got picked up at 6am & arrived back in Huaraz just after 6pm - it was a long day!
Before we started hiking we stopped at another lagoon for photos which was nice as it had a nice bank / view & was extremely green & a bit warmer than up the top!
The hike was a total of 15km & you climb to almost 4700m! I would definitely recommend this trek as it’s a definite achievement to reach the top & the lagoon is fantastic unfortunately it was very cold when we were up there but apparently if it’s sunny it gets pretty warm & much better for a swim!
I tried some coca tea at the top & I can say I'm glad I didn't actually need it as it wasn't very nice at all haha... really not a tea person #worstenglishpersoneverAs with any mountain trek the weather is extremely unpredictable & It ranged from being warm enough to hike in a t-shirt to rain & even sleet during our hike.
Where I went next: Lima! The capital city.
Tot: 2.641s; Tpl: 0.092s; cc: 8; qc: 49; dbt: 0.0491s; 2; m:saturn w:www (220.127.116.11); sld: 2;
; mem: 1.3mb