Blogs from Huaraz, Ancash, Peru, South America


South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz February 10th 2023

(Day 225 on the road) After my stint in the Amazon, I headed to the coast for a while, to the small - but not very pretty - surfer town of Huanchaco (and the awesome nearby pre-Inka ruins of Chan Chan). I ended up staying a few days longer than I had planned, as the road to my next destination - Huaraz, high up in the Andes - was blocked by protesters. So I was stuck for a while waiting for the road to be cleared. I did manage to find a nice room with a view of the sea (plus a nearby hostel with morning yoga classes and a great vegetarian restaurant), but unfortunately my room also overlooked the road running between my hotel and the ocean. Now, the thing about city streets in Peru ... read more
Plaza Mayor in Trujillo
The perfect hat
Quechua woman

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz » Huascaran National Park August 15th 2018

Country number three, Peru! No points for guessing the main place to visit here, but some points for those who know of The Huascaran National Park and the main city of Huaraz located 8hrs by bus North East of Lima! This area is the highest point in the Andes and has excellent opportunities for day hikes and multi day treks and is where the famous mountain logo from the Paramount movies is located. Our stay in Lima was brief, we only saw a very small portion of Mira Flores in less than a day before catching the overnight bus to Huaraz. We had instant mountain views from our room and the temptation to visit immediately was there but first we had to spend a few days acclimatising. We had several day treks planned and our first ... read more
Pura Raimonfii
Laguna 69 Trek Landscape

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz » Huascaran National Park June 1st 2018

Huaraz (25/05/2018-03/06/2018) I wandered the empty streets of Huaraz at 5.30am in the dark looking for my hostel, but I felt totally safe. I climbed the steep cobble-stone street up to Alpes Hostel, gasping for breath (oh hello, altitude issues!) and checked in to this beautiful hostel. Whilst searching the long corridors (and many floors) for the baños, I accidentally stumbled onto the hostel rooftop... where there was a gorgeous sunrise over the surrounding jagged, snow-capped mountains. Wow.. Huaraz, you are beautiful! What a view! Still tired from the lack of sleep on the night bus, I napped in the cold, breakfast room until 9pm when the staff (so much love for the staff here) let me check in early. I went for a second nap (in my bed this time) before rising at 11am to ... read more
Preparing The Pozo
Thermal Baths

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz November 15th 2017

I was in Huaraz hanging around, looking around for info on treks. I met back up with Jana and met a couple of Americans. We went out for their birthday at an Indian spot. It was ok masala. I remembered messaging Ivan and he told me about Laguna 69. So, I decided to take a day trip there with a group of people from the hostel. The hike to the lake was long for me, but the lake was amazing. I've never seen water like that before. So clear...... read more

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz June 28th 2016

Have you ever been to Narnia?? We haven't either but it sure felt close enough. Trekking in south america is a highly popular activity that travellers from all around the world come to try. Huaraz is definitely one of the most popular places in Peru to see some stunning scenery. Apparently its home to one the best mountain ranges in the world and also the mountain in the Paramount Pictures logo that you see at the beginning of films. From Mancora we took an overnight bus to a town called Chimbote - 11 hours away. Around 8am our bus stopped in Trujillo and everyone got off. Just waking up, we were a bit confused as to what was happening. After asking the driver, we were told we needed to catch a another bus but had to ... read more
Epic Glaciers of Huaraz
After making it to the lake, we thought we had seen it all. How wrong!
Hopping over the ice cold lakes

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz October 5th 2015

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 ... read more

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz June 8th 2015

Wie schon gesagt sollte uns die Gemütlichkeit unseres Hostels noch zugute kommen. Auf der Rückfahrt von unserer Akklimatisierungstour zur Laguna Churup ging's mir nämlich plötzlich zunehmend elender und am nächsten Tag lag ich auch schon flach. Gewöhnliche oder spezielle Bergsteigererkältung ist schwer zu sagen, jedenfalls waren weitere Pläne damit erstmal hinfällig. Sandra hat in den Tagen wenigstens mal einen Ausflug zum Pastoruri-Gletscher als Auflockerung des Pflegedienstes mitgemacht und durch dessen Höhe von 5200m etwas die Akklimatisierung aufgefrischt. Als es mit mir dann wieder aufwärts ging, haben wir versucht, den Haushügel zu erklimmen. Abgesehen von leichten Orientierungsproblemen war's wohl auch zuviel zu früh, denn nach 300hm war schon Schluss mit lustig. Und am nächsten Tag hat mich dann Sandra im Krankenstand abgelöst. Am Ende hat uns das ganze zum Kennenlernen des Kra... read more
Die Kranken-Lounge
Da steht das Bild der Kirche kopf...
Laguna 69 mit Chakraraju

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz June 1st 2015

Unsere Akklimatisaton haben wir eigentlich im Schlaf begonnen, nämlich auf der nächtlichen Busfahrt nach Huaraz, die von Meereshöhe über einen etwa 4000m hohen Pass führt. Huaraz selbst liegt auf 3100m, aber selbst das merkt man doch schon ein wenig, vor allem wenn man den Berg zum Hostel hinauf schnauft. Übrigens ein wirklich tolles Haus, wo wir direkt erst mal ein leckeres Frühstück gekriegt haben, und zwar im Gemeinschaftsraum im obersten Stockwerk, mit Panoramaaussicht auf die Cordillera Blanca, deren weiße Gipfel direkt über Dr Stadt stehen. Die Gemütlichkeit des Hostels sollte uns noch sehr zugute kommen... Unsere erste Tagestour wäre in niedrigerer Lage vielleicht eher ein langer Spaziergang, hier aber grade richtig für den ersten Tag in der Höhe. Etwa 700 Höhenmeter ging es bis auf 3800m hinauf zur Laguna Wilcacocha. Sie liegt auf der anderen Talseite ... read more
Cordillera Blanca - Aussicht vom Frühstückstisch
Sicherung? klar, Gartenschlauch mit UIAA-Zertifikat...
Laguna Churup

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz November 26th 2014

Hola Amigos ! Je quitte donc la jungle amazonienne pour rejoindre la ville de Huaraz, dans la cordillère blanche. Je vous assure que de quitter Iquitos et ses 35° pour arriver au petit matin à Huaraz à 3200m d’altitude et ses sept petits degrés ça fait vraiment tout drôle ! Un peu fatigué par tous ces déplacements, je pensais me reposer un peu avant d’attaquer les randonnées dans la montagne. J’ai quand même profité de ma première journée pour me balader dans Huaraz. C’est vraiment une ville avec beaucoup de charme, il y a un niveau de vie assez élevé pour le Pérou grâce au tourisme, il y a beaucoup de petites places vraiment sympas et quelque soit l’endroit où l’on se trouve on voit les sommets enneigés qui surplombent la ville. Lorsque je suis rentré ... read more

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz » Huascaran National Park August 28th 2014

We took a day bus from Lima to the city of Huaraz up in the Andes, through some stunning scenery before arriving in the dark. Huaraz has great views of the Corderilla Blanca and the Corderilla Negra. From our room we looked out over the Corderilla Negra and the local market. It was a great spot for people watching as the locals went about their daily business buying what they need from the ladies sitting by the side of the street. There was even childrens rides like a carousel for the locals to use. We decided to take our first day a bit easy as we were back at altitude after being at sea level for the previous week. Our first trip was to Pastoruri glacier, this only included a short walk so was good for ... read more
Laguna 69
On the walk back from Laguna 69

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