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... but unfortunately a little out of our budget! Upon recommendation from Carmen we decided to head to Huaraz, a mining city (at an altitude of 3100m), and the perfect base to explore the Corderilla Blanca, the second highest mountain range in the world after the Himalayas. The 8 hour coach journey was really rather pleasant; after passing through the favelas on the outskirts of Lima, we headed along ...
... tour operator didn't envoke. No apology, and a lot of fuss from her about noise on the bus (she had an argument with Diane who can talk, but was talking too loud for her apparently) made for an interesting end to thr trip. Back at the hostel, we were all ready to collapse.
The next adventure was to go ice climbing - Jenna and Scott had done some research, found a good price/ agency and asked Max and I if we wanted to join... which we did! we decided to have a day ...
... passages. The size of the temple walls which are
made of huge granite boulders which when the site had been erected over a 1000
years ago they used diamond tools to cut the stone. There were also archaeologists
working on the site and we had the chance to talk to one about what they were
doing which was a buzz. We left the site at dusk but the trip back went fairly
quickly so we were back in Huaraz by 8pm and so decided to indulge at our
favourite café again.
... at just under 3,100m and walking quickly on the street or climbing the staircase had you panting like you had just run for 5km. Laguna 69 is at 4,600m so it is not to be taken too lightly as altitude sickness is quite common. We were sold and booked a walk to Wilcacocha for tomorrow for 80 Soles for two of us.
We bought some tuna fruit from an indigenous lady selling them peeled on the street corner. David had never tasted the fruit which ...
... their time. We looked at some of the local souvenirs and became celebrities as a Peruvian family on holiday in Huaraz had about 20 photos with us. In the afternoon we sat in the sun and enjoyed a Pisco Sour the Peruvian speciality cocktail, for diner we had the infamous Broasted Cuy (Guinea Pig). The locals love it and wolf it down, at one local ceremony at our guides village they ate over 200 in a day. Yes they do look cute and just like a pet one before they are cooked ...