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Aug 11, 2009 - Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca

Well it´s my turn to continue the story. Unfortunately we don´t have much to say for ourselves and the amazing hikes we were supposed to do in the Cordillera Blanca. A mountain range containing 22 peaks over 6000m. Shortly after arriving we signed up to do the most popular trek...the Santa Cruz Trek, which is said to have the most beautiful mountain views. Our first day starting out though, I was already feeling a bit under the weather and about an hour and half in I started feeling really sick due to the altitude. I thought I was going to...

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May 9, 2009 - Back in PERU

Mountains and more mountains. Back in Peru. Back to thinking about which food and water is safe. Back to bumpier roads and rugged travel, more street people and more cons. Chile was kind of like life as I know it at home. In essence, you can drink the tap water. This to me is the sign that you are in a modern country, in a developed world. Forget about Gross National Product, exports, political stability, etc. If I can drink water from the tap in a country then I know that I can get just about every other amenity there. But there is a...

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Apr 7, 2009 - Huaraz

Apres une bonne semaine a Lima, nous reprenons la route cette fois-ci dans la montagne, a Huaraz. Nous sommes au pied de la Cordillere Blanche, l’une des plus belles chaine de montagnes du monde. En arrivant, c’est le meme combat que Cuzco pour dire non aux augences touristiques qui veulent vendre des tours. On prefere prendre notre temps a rechercher comment faire les choses par nous meme. Ce meme jour il se met a pleuvoir, et cela ne s’arretera pas jusqu’a la fin de notre sejour ici. Le jour suivant nous tentons une ballade mais le...

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Dec 1, 2008 - Huaraz and Parque Nacional Huascaran

Nov. 30 & Dec. 1: Huaraz Huaraz itself is not a beautiful town (it's dusty, dirty and cold), but it's flanked on all sides by snow capped mountains, the hostel is friendly and boasts a rooftop patio and open air kitchen, and I've met two terrific travellers (Sam and Mark - thanks Mark for the photos!) - making our 2 day stay here relaxing and enjoyable. The three of us acclimatize by ice climbing in the mountains near Huaraz. We all make it to the top of several climbs with a little help from our guide who yells up to us in Spanish (but a...

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Oct 1, 2008 - Peru, Huaraz

After spending a night in Lima we set off early to go to the mountains to the northwest of the capital. We were delayed in leaving Lima as our bus was inspected on the outskirts of town and deemed unfit for the road, so we waited for a few hours for another bus going the same way. We were lucky there were even seats for us on the other bus as we piled onto the back of the stuffy bus. 10 hours later after climbing high into the Andes we made it to the lovely town of Huaraz, altitude 3100m. It was night when we got there so in the morning it...

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Jul 21, 2008 - Huaraz Santa Cruz trek.

Huaraz is located 8 hours north of Lima and is home to the largest mountain ranges outside of the Himalayas. it contains 22 peaks all of which are above 6000m above sea level. mount everest is about 8000m above sea level. its home of the best trekking, ice climbing in south america and i really wanted to get a proper 4 day trek done while i was in south america. surprisingly i met Ruby while in Lima and she decided that she would like to come and do the trek with me. which she did. credit to ruby she did find the trek quite hard but i...

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Jun 17, 2008 - Huaraz - Climbing

Took the Tent and the rock climbing gear up to a high valley 4500m alt to do some sport climbing we´d heard of. Spent 3 nights up here in the company of the cows and the guardian of the mountain hut. the views were good but the climbs pretty mediocre and alot of them were running with water making them unclimbable :( There is plenty of good looking climbs here, they just need someone with a drill and bolts to make a good venue. After this we hooked up with a guy from the US to climb the mountain Chopalcalqui but we spent two days walking...

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Jun 10, 2008 - Huaraz - Huascaran circuit by bike

As we had fast forwarded to Huaraz we thought we´d get some more use from the bikes and see the mountains we could climb - by cycling around them! By doing a circuit of Huascaran we´d see plenty of mountains and get some good acclimatisation in by going over two big passes. Day 1 First off we went to the bus terminal for Collectivos going north (read minivans with roofracks parked in a derelict area of dirt next to a polluted stream!) and put our bikes on the roof and squased inside. an hour or so later we arrived in Yungay 2500m alt, had a...

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May 17, 2008 - Rapelling down 3 waterfalls and a bridge!

After 4 days of hike, we decided we shouldn´t take a night bus that day but to stay an extra day for rest and washing dirty clothes and wet socks. We heard good things about Canyoning, which is basically rapelling down waterfalls so we booked a tour for the whole family for another adventure. When we first got to the 1st waterfall, Jon was quite disappointed as the waterfall was only 10m tall and the water volume was small. There didn´t seem as there was much difference from our previous rock climbing trip. All five of us each took turn...

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May 13, 2008 - Trekking in Huaraz, Peru

FIRST DAY In our second day in Huaraz, we began our long anticipated 4 days/3 nights trekking (Santa Cruz Trail) through the high snow mountains of Peru. It was the children´s first time living and tents and camping out so they were all very excited. We got up at 5:30 to begin the trip at 6AM with Monttrek. To our surprise, Monttreak didn`t have its own transportation and we had to go own the typical van-like collective bus that travel frequently along the valley of Huaraz. It was very cramped as it fits much more people than it should. The...

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May 12, 2008 - Rock Climbing in Huaraz

After an 8 hour ride on the night bus, we arrived near the highest mountain range in South America in a town call Huaraz. Huaraz is surrounded by snow mountains. There are more then 60 snow mountain peaks with many of them over 6000m. The month of May is a time of festival Corpus Christi, celebrating Jesus, in Peru. The tradition is for different groups in each town to form dance group that prade around the street during dance steps and beating drums. It was quite a sight to see their colorful costums and dancing. It reminded us of the...

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Apr 7, 2008 - Caraz and one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world

We planned to arrive in Caraz, and then leave the next morning to start our Santa Cruz trek - but the place we'd decided to rent equipment from was closed when we arrived (even tho they'd said they'd be open till late on the 'phone!), so we spent an extra day nursing our colds, eating ice-cream, relaxing in the lovely peaceful plaza - and gathering bits and pieces together and packing for our trek! We did manage to leave the next morning, and were at Cashapampa, our starting point, by 9:30am. We knew that we'd be climbing from the start,...

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