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South America » Peru » Ancash March 21st 2015

De Casma una hora al norte está la ciudad de Chimbote, un lugar que desde muchos años tiene, entre viajeros, la mas mala fama imaginable, de insegura, de peligrosa, además de su olor terrible debido a su industria principal, la producción de harina de pescado. Ahora puede ser que esa reputación ya no es válida, tal vez Chimbote ha cambiado, pero como yo soy viajero en estas tierras de viejo dato, prefiero evitar quedarme en el sitio, y por esa razón me levanté temprano en mi hotelito en la Plaza de Armas en Casma y viaje a Chimbote para coger un carro al pueblo de Cabaña, un sitio remoto en la sierra ancashina, a los 3,200 msnm, a unos 4 horas de camino montaña arriba desde Chimbote. Pero en el camino las cosas no siempre salen ... read more
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South America » Peru » Ancash March 19th 2015

Vuelto al blog.....de donde vino esa palabra?.....en todo caso..... Ahora solo, Martha en Colombia de nuevo, concluí mis asuntos en Lima y agarré un bus hacia el norte, al pueblo de Casma, unos 5 horas por la panamericana a través de los desiertos severos de estas costas, pura arena y piedra, vistas como si fueran de otra planeta, agreste, austero.....en Casma pase dos días recorriendo los increíbles vestigios antiguos que--como en todas partes del Perú--llenan esa tierra, subyaciendo y rodeando el caos y agite que constituye nuestro mundo "moderno".....cerca de Casma queda el templo antiquísima de Sechin, cuya fachada de losas esculpidas constituye la escultura en piedra más antigua de América, datan de 2,000 años a.c., son pre-Chavin.....el templo en algún lejano momento en tiempo fue sepultado por un derrumbe, un huayco como dicen el el ... read more
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South America » Peru » Ancash December 28th 2014

Über Weinachten und Neujahr habe ich eine Überraschungsbesuch bei meiner Familie in Peru geplant. Nach einer Nacht in Lima und 7h Busfahrt nach Casma kam ich auf dem Hof an. Ein freudiges Wiedersehen und eine gelungenes Weinachtsgeschenk. Wir hatten ein schönes Weinachtsfest inklusiv baden mit den Kinder in der Piscina, und einen Tagesausflug am Strand. Am Wochenende traffen wir unsere Freunde aus Casma zum Essen und machten eine schöne Strandtour mitten durch die Wüste. Auch einen Tag in Huanchaco war super, wieder mal in einer eher touristischen Gegend mit schönem Strand. Und schon war Neujahr. Wie letztes Jahr feierten wir es auf dem Hof mit allen Kinder. um 23 Uhr begann es mit den Muñeca anzünden den Neujahrswünschen, essen und zu dem super Kumbia tanzen bis die kleinsten Kinder auf den Stühlen einschliefen. Am nächsten Tag, ... read more
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South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca November 28th 2014

Perso di notte per le strade del centro di Lima, inebriato dalla fragrante umidita' che risale dal vicino oceano, il Mercante non riesce a darsi pace cercando di trovare il motivo di questa sua presenza in terra Sudamericana; unico indizio nello zaino, un biglietto aereo che mi riportera' a casa.... dal Brasile, cioe' dall'altra parte del continente, sulle sponde di un'altro oceano! Che ci sia stato un errore di prenotazione? o un dirottamento del volo? Insomma, che ci faccio io qui?? Ripresomi a stento dagli effetti collaterali del fuso orario grazie allo shock culturale di una notte passata in adorazione nel tempio sacro della scena rock underground peruviana nei cui bagni l'acqua del cesso scorre vorticando in senso antiorario, decido di schiarirmi le idee fuggendo dall'aria viziata della grande metropoli e rifugiandomi per qualche giorno sulle ... read more
Le rovine di Chavin de Huantar
La plaza de armas di Lima
La Sierra Orientale di Ancash

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
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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
Huaraz

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
Huaraz
Huaraz

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




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