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May 24, 2014 - Days 276 to 278 - Lima and Caraz (Peru)

Sunday 18th May (Happy Birthday Mo!) was spent recovering from the walking excesses of the previous three days before Nanda and I flew to Lima early on the Monday morning, mainly to catch up with Andrea before she flew off to Costa Rica; the reason for flying was to avoid the 27 hour bus journey between Cusco and Lima! Meeting in the hostel, it was good to all be together again, although I had to decide where to go after Lima. Still, we did not get to see a good deal of Lima as it was more of a social time. However, I did manage to contact...

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Nov 30, 2012 - Huaraz y la Cordillera Blanca

Après une après-midi de pause à Lima, nous sommes maintenant à Huaraz, une jolie ville au pied de la Cordillère Blanche. Notre séjour dans la région n'était par contre pas vraiment une réussite. Le deuxième jour, nous avons décidé de marcher jusque sur les hauteurs de la ville à un petit mirador. La police touristique nous avait prévenue : un des deux miradors est très dangereux il y a souvent des attaques de touristes à main armée, mais en allant au deuxième on ne risque rien. Nous sommes donc partis pour le deuxième, mais alors que nous...

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Jun 10, 2012 - Von Trujillo nach Huaraz via Cañon del Pato (Entenschluch)

Am Dienstag morgen gings endlich los. Mit unseren vollbepackten Rädern suchten wir uns zuerst den Weg aus dem Stadtverkehr Trujillos um dann auf der Panamericana Richtung Süden zu radeln. Bis wir die Küstenwüste verliessen war die Landschaft ziemlich trostlos, aber das änderte sich dann als wir uns den Bergen näherten. Die Strasse war mittlerweile mit Schotter bedeckt, zum Teil recht gut, dann aber auch eher mühsam fahrbar. Am dritten Tag hatte Martina einen Platten am Hinterreifen, aber da sie schon viel Uebung im Schlauchflicken hatten...

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May 20, 2012 - It's a wonderful world

Sulla strada del ritorno del trekking nella Cordillera Blanca, nel Parco Nazionale di Huascaran, osservando cascate scendere da ogni angolo, lagune incastonate tra le vette delle montagne, ghiacciai imponenti, animali e fiori selvatici tipici del paesaggio andino, ho cominciato a fischiettare il ritornello di “It’s a wonderful world”, perché niente più di quella canzone poteva rappresentare i miei pensieri di quel momento. Alle 7 siamo partiti da Huaraz, con prima destinazione Yungay, città completamente rasa al suolo in conseguenza al...

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My Big Trip

Jun 13, 2011 - Huaraz

After our 8 hour overnight bus from Lima, we arrived in Huaraz early in the morning and were greated with brisk mountain air and our first glimps of the impressive Cordillera Blanca mountains that overlook the city. We were a bit grogy after the long bus ride and after gaining so much elevation (Huaraz is at an elevation of 3,091 meters or about 10,200 feet). We huffed our way to the guest house (Albergue Churup) that would be our home durring our stay in Huaraz, and were offered a breakfast of deliciouse bread, tangarines, cofee and juice...

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Apr 11, 2011 - Fuehrungslos

Leute, wie die Zeit vergeht und - ganz anderes Thema - ein Grund, warum ich ohne Reisefuehrer unterwegs bin, ist seine vorstellungszerstoererische Wirkung! Ich freute mich die ganze Busfahrt ueber von Cali (Kolumbien) nach Quito (Ecuador) auf mein erstes Biseln suedlich des Aequators und trank aus projektunterstuetzenden Gruenden ein Bier mehr. Kurz vor Quito ein Blick in Sitznachbars "Lonley Planet Suedamerika" und der besagt: Die Abflussrichtung der Spuelung haengt nicht von der geographischen Lage ab; ein WC-Maerchen also. Der Druck auf...

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El Diario

Jun 24, 2010 - Casma via Pato Canyon

Trying to get Bon's pack back has become a very stressful ordeal. We called fJuan (he was not willing to talk - tired from arr late last nite), Isabella said they'd expect us tonite around 8:30. Bus to Chimbote thru the Pato Canyon left at 11:15 and entered the canyon about 3. This was truely a fantasmagorical ride with stupendigerous views the whole way!!!!!!!! The road was rough gravel, single lane with 2-3' betw side of bus and drop off 3-400' down into canyon and River Santa most of the way. Every once in awhile the road was washed out...

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Jun 23, 2010 - Chavin de Huantar

Since tour bus picks us up at Hostel and we need to find out about Bon´s pack we head for Alas Peruianas office to get a message to Juan via Ceasar (bus guy here) that we´ll call later to see if pack is on bus. Also, called Joe in Lima to cancel Fri reservations at Flying Dog and make new for Sat/Sun. Left on tour @ 9:15 but really not until 10 w/ picking up others (23 total). Great trip all day...see pics. The Cordillera Blanca has 50 peaks over 5700m. (19,000')high whereas in N. Am only 3 exist this high - Pico de ORIZABA in MX, Logan in...

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Jun 21, 2010 - Huaraz

No day pack! Left on bus to Huaraz at 2. Went half way on paved roads, then stopped at 3:30 for 1 1/2 hours for ??? who knows (rumor was that road construction caused it). Great mtn road/views, road was indeed being reconstructed (see pics), majorly, some places barely 1 lane, room for only single vehicles so waitng for traffic coming the other way at wide spots in road. Then about 7:30 we reached the 'pass', +/- 12,500' at which point the road became newly paved, 2 lanes and took us an hour getting down to Huaraz at 9,200' mainly because...

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Jun 19, 2010 - Casma

6/19 Up and out by 6:45, colectivo waiting for 2 more passengers til 7:30. Only 6s. for the hr drive up a river valley full of irrig agric - sugar cane, potatoes, asparagus,, onions, peppers, etc. From a walking bridge over dry river bed we hiked another 15 min. to the site. see pics. Both of us agree - restoration is a bit misleading, not really what was orig built...lacked the thick stucco walls which we think were more likely there 5,000 yrs ago. Mostly a facsimilie and in addition, they would not let us wolk the grounds w/o a guide!...

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Feb 17, 2010 - La cordillère blanche et les lagunes bleues

Pour être le plus proche des lagunes Llanganuco, nous décidons de passer la nuit dans le petit village de Yungay. Accueillis comme des rois dans une petite pension, nous nous sommes bien reposés. Le lendemain, petit tour aux lagunes perchées à 4000m d'altitude, au coeur du Parc National Huascaran. Elles se trouvent au milieu de ce que les Péruviens appellent la Cordillère Blanche, les plus hauts sommets du Pérou recouverts de neige. Un peu abattus par l'altitude, on n'a pu aller qu'à deux lagunes sur les trois prévues. Au retour, après...

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Aug 22, 2009 - Peru: Cordillera Blanca

(Apologies all for the slightly out-of-date journal updates!! Only a month behind but have been a little busy...) After 13 hours and two bus rides we arrived in Huaraz at6am, checked into our hostel and slept for a while. We had originally planned to do only a one day trip called Lago 69 to see ice covered mountains and glacial lakes in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. For some reason we got a little over excited (and over ambitious) and booked our Lago 69 hike followed by a four day trek Santa Cruz trek (recommended by people we met...

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