Blogs from Ancash, Peru, South America - page 3


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...

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
Witches market in La Paz
Onze Death Road groep

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca October 20th 2013

Terwijl de herfst rustig verder kabbelt, blikken we terug op afgelopen zomer op for english version of this entry with more pics, please visit read more
Starting the descent from Ishinca (5530m)
Mountaineering in the Cordillera Blanca
Mountaineering in the Cordillera Blanca

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca September 18th 2013

Hello again, I know, twice in one day, you must be thinking "Wow, I have done something right today to be this lucky!" Nope, actully I have had 13 hours in Lima in between last night's night bus and tonight's night bus, and basically nowhere to go. Like a vagrant. Or a tramp. But the good kind of tramp, like the Charlie Chaplin one. Anyways... So I left off being ushered onto a bus by Liz's mom, only to discover how awesome Peuvian buses are. A very welcome discovery, as was about to spent 8 hours on said bus heading to Huaraz. I already discussed how they are Laz-Y Boys, but did I talk about the food? Great! How about the BINGO game??? Bingo? You ask, yes, BINGO. After lunch we all were handed out BINGO ... read more
Love the meat market!

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz » Huascaran National Park July 21st 2013

Départ de Trujillo à 05h30, comme prévu. Changement de bus pour Huaraz vers 08h30. Il était facile de somnoler jusqu'à ce qu'un vendeur d'encyclopédies muni d'un haut-parleur nous enlève tout espoir de sommeil... En nous réveillant, nous ouvrons les yeux sur un paysage magnifique, mais cela a un prix : nous frôlons les ravins, et même en passant la tête par la fenêtre, il est difficile de distinguer 5cm de la route. Lorsque le bus arrive au terminus, nous cherchons l'hôtel, mais comprenons au bout de 30min que ... nous ne sommes pas à Huaraz ! C'est donc parti pour un nouveau bus pour arriver 1h plus tard à Huaraz. Le lendemain, réveil vers 08h30 avec l'intention de partir en rando à la Laguna 69, mais nous apprenons pendant le petit dej qu'il fallait se réveiller ... read more

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca June 27th 2013

Reeds 5 weken vertoeven we in de Hoge Andes van Peru, alle laatste nieuws en fotos vind je op for english version of this entry with more pics, please visit read more
Massive deforestation left the Cordillera Blanca denuded before the range (above 4000m) was put in conservation through the Huascaran National Park in 1975. Only some patches of the Queñua trees thrive in remote valleys and give the wanderer a feeling
Leaving the Andean village of Yanama through farming lands towards the Quebrada Huaripampa. The acutal glaciated peaks are hidden in thick clouds, unusual for the time of the year.
Coming down from Alto de Pucaraju pass (4650m) with the east face of Taulliraju (5830m) touching cloud. Can you spot Katrijn?

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Blanca June 7th 2013

We have entered the last two weeks on our trip and we could think of no better way to end it than going into the second highest mountain range in the world, the Cordillera Blanca range. The town we were heading for was called Huaraz, by no means a beautiful place, but it is within a stones throw to all the major trails and mountains. It had taken us almost two full days to get here from Cuzco, with a stop off in Lima for half a day, before we finally arrived into Huaraz. We hadn't made any plans of what to do in the area, only read up on what is there and what there is to do. After the 8 hour ride in from Lima we dedicated the arrival day to figuring out what ... read more

South America » Peru » Ancash » Huaraz » Huascaran National Park May 28th 2013

Hey, We are looking to find out what is the best/easiest way to get from Huaraz in Peru to Leticia in Colombia. My understanding is that this isn't the most accessible area and can only be reached via boat or air. Would anyone have any suggestions as to how to go about this? Regards, Seán... read more

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Huayhuash May 7th 2013

Atsikeliu vėl anksti, apie 5.30 ir palikęs didžiąją kuprinę saugykloje (tiksliau skalbykloje) einu iki mikriuko. Vėl 3 valandų kelionė iki žygio pradžios. Važiuojam tuo pačiu keliu kaip ir vakar ir mus paleidžia netoli tos vietos kur vakar buvom sustoję apžvalgos aikštelėje. Nuo čia iki lagunos keliauju apie 2,5 val. į kalną. Vaizdai panašūs į tuos kurios mačiau ankstesniame žygyje, tad tikrai visai smagu eiti, be to oras tikrai puikus. Kai iš už kalvos pradeda matytis ežeriukas, suprantu kodėl visi apie šią vietą tiek kalba. Tokio mėlyno vandens nesu gyvenime mates !! Tikrai nereali vieta ir visi vos pasiekę šį mėlyn ežeriuką negali juo atsigrožėti. Čia atėję amerikiečių kompanija nutarai išsimaudyti lediniame ežero vandenyje. Aš kiek padvejojęs irgi įšoku į vandenį. Bet neivienas ilgiau minutės neišbūna, nes vanduo čia tikrai n... read more

South America » Peru » Ancash » Cordillera Huayhuash May 6th 2013

Per visą naktį taip normaliai ir neužmiegu, tad iš ryto atsikeliu labiau pavarges nei prieš eidamas gult. Naktį daug lijo ir net iš ryto dangus apsiniaukęs, kas čia tikrai neįprasta. Šiandien laukia maždaug 15 km pasivaikščiojmas. Pirmi 5 km į kalną, kur pasieksim akščiausią žygio tašką 4750m virš jūros lygio. O po to 10 km ėjimo žemyn. Kol papusryčiaujam iš už debesų pradeda lysti saulė ir po truputį pradeda matytis kalnų viršūnės, tos pačios kur vakar atėmė žadą. Pirmus 5 km į kalną įveikiu gan greitai, užtrunku apie 2 val. ir iš kompanijos čia atsiduriu pirmas. Oras visai pasitaisė, debesys išsisklaidė, o snieguotos viršūnės visai čia pat. Čia prasėdžiu apie 2 valandas besimėgaudamas fantastišku vaizdu ir puikiu oru. Virš galvos kelis ratus apsuka didžiulis kondoras. Kelionė žemyn šiek tiek prailgsta, nes gražiausi kalna... read more

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