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Travel Blogs from Huaraz
... resemblance to the mountain from the Paramount Pictures logo. We had been told by a fellow traveller that the logo was actually modelled on this mountain although I'm not sure whether this is true or simply a myth. As we began to climb the walk got tough due to the scarcity of the oxygen in the air. After 3 hours we finally made it to Lake 69: our final destination. We had climbed an extra 600m and after the last steep hill we could begin ...
... gravel road we climbed up below us and the Llanganuco green lakes below, ahhhh, unbelievably, amazingly cool. We could see Huascarán again, Pisco, Chacraraju, Chopicalqui and Huandoy - they're 6000m (except Pisco.) We caught our breath and snapped away. Back in the van another 2 hours of bumpy road passed, we eventually hit the middle of nowhere village of Vaqueria, population = more donkeys than humans. We were soon heading down into the valley, descending a few hundred ...
... could camp nearby, then trek it before we returned to Huaraz. We finished the Santa Cruz Trail at Vaqueria and got the sole collectivo to the trailhead for Lago 69. Nothing prepared us for this ride... We now had to regain the lost altitude in order to cross yet another pass to reach the start of 69. At 1pm, we arrived, still shaking and marvelling (mainly because ...
... trek and ride home the following day was long! The group of use decided we'd celebrate and say our farwells upon arriving back in town by going for a nice meal. I couldnt wait to get my lips around some proper food again!!
Well i have to say, its been one hell of an adventure! easily the highlight of my trip so far. Its been a pleasure getting to know these incredible people over the last 8 days. I feel like i've known them a lifetime!
Now its time to hit the ...
... and the long valley ahead. Fantasic mountain peaks surrounded the valleys. It was a very very impressive sight. So that happened to be the hardest part of the trek over with. After climbing higher along the ridge for a better view i saw the girls in the distance with donkeys just ahead carrying their load. Typical! I waited here and made the most of my time enjoying the incredible surroundings. It feels great to be in the mountains i have to say. Night ...
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