La Casa De Zarela
Travel Blogs from Huaraz
Just a quick update before we go for a 4 day camping trek of the Santa Cruz in the Ancash region.
We had a great time in Lima for 2 days exploring the city and chilling by the sea. Even found our first travelbug! The city is huge 10 million in the city, very hectic and exciting. There are some amazing archaeological sites …
Well that's probably the longest blog break we’ve had since setting out. In truth life has been pretty uneventful here, and apart from a couple of day excursions and a pretty nasty bout of illness for Cara, we’ve just been working.
Our first impression of the place was that it was remarkably quiet compared to most places we …
... is what's to be eaten from a raw pacay, rather than the seeds. Oops.
After that I tried carambola, which is also known as starfruit, a fruit native to Asia but grown also in Peru. Starfruit is a very bitter fruit that tastes like an a combination of grapefruit and peach. It was good though, and its rubbery skin was tasty, too.
After more than three hours of hiking uphill, we reached the lake. It was astounding: I have never in my life seen such blue water. I was told ...
... though there was dessert like sand in the bottom of the valley; what it actually is, is sediment from a huge glacier collapsing in 2008, which forced this all into the valley floor. Walking on it was like strolling in a dessert, it had a really eery feel to it - dessert, mountains and snow?! Passing the green Jatuncocha lake was hard going, with no wind and muchos sun we all started to frazzle pretty quickly, things got rather hot. Between here and our camp at Llamacorral there ...
... until a pen and paper is shoved under my nose for inspirational hiking food ideas. Mark is eager to leave for the Santa Cruz trek first thing in the morning which we've decided to do without the guide and donkeys!
Things to consider for the Laguna 69 hike:
- Take at least a day in Huaraz to help your body adjust to the jump in altitude
- Coca leaves are easily available and famous for virtues other than cocaine, in this case ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Great facilities and lovely staff. Only negative is not their fault really. About every two or three weeks at the weekend there is a party venue next door which hosts loud bands from the afternoon to the small hours. Aside from that it's perfect.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.