Blogs from Huaraz, Ancash, Peru, South America


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 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 Kenne... 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

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz July 21st 2014

Even after hiking around many mountains in the world there is a serious ‘wow’ factor when seeing the Cordillera Blanca range surrounding Huaraz. I was fortunate to have this destination on my radar due to a Peruvian friend and her sharing wonderful pictures and reports of her hikes. On my first trip to Peru twelve years ago I didn’t even know this place existed as I was centrally focused on what most tourists think about coming to Peru – Machu Picchu. Well, I must say that trekking around Huaraz deserves equal billing in Peru. Thankfully, prices haven’t risen like they have in Cusco over the last decade so you can still sneak in a very affordable visit here. With the exception of some nice restaurants, it is not the city of Huaraz itself that stands out ... read more
Churup Lake
View of Artesonaju on Day 3 Santa Cruz trek
Camp for the 3rd night of Santa Cruz with Artesonraju in background

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

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