Another day in Lima
Trip Start Jul 12, 2006
17Trip End Aug 23, 2006
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Anyway, enough about where I will be going--Iīve done quite a bit in the past ten days or so since my last detailed posting
I got there on July 26th, two days before Peruvian independence day, and the start of Las Fiestas Patrias, which lasted until the 29th. Although I couldnīt see them, I heard quite a few fireworks (nothing like the US) being launched all over the city.
I was glad to leave on the morning of the 28th, as I had walked past every shop in an eight-block radius at least three times. I flew to Lima, but arrived a little too late to make it to the city center to see the inauguration of Alan García, but I watched the military parade on a TV while I ate lunch at a little place near the hostel I stayed at
I got a bus to Huaraz at 1pm the next day (Saturday), and arrived in time to check into a nice hostel and get some dinner. The hostel arranged a day hike for Sunday around Laguna Llaganuco, a beautiful lake in the mountains about three hours away from Huaraz. The hike was easy, but a good way to get re-acclimatized after spending a few days down at sea level. I also met a couple of girls from Lima who were there on holiday (sorry, Iīm picking up some words from all of the Brits Iīve been hanging out with), and Iīm going out with them and their friends tonight.
After we got back from the hike, I headed for the center of Huaraz (which is a really cool mountain town--lots of people there for trekking) to find a guide agency for a three- or four-day trek. The most popular trek in the area is the Llaganuco-Santa Cruz trek, which usually takes four days and climbs up to a pass at 4750m on the second day. There was one leaving the next day, and the price and timing were right, so I signed up. For $100 I was part of a group that got good guides, transportation to and from the trail, food, donkeys to carry everything except our day packs (it made the trek a LOT easier), and tents
The four days I spent hiking and camping in the Cordillera Blanca were some of the most amazing days I have ever had. The first day was an easy slightly uphill hike to the first campsite, which was at 3850m. The second day was the hardest, climbing 900m to Punta Unión, a pass at 4750m. I reached it in 2.5 hours, then waited for the others to join me. We had lunch there but it was cold, cloudy, windy, and it began to snow so we didnīt stay long after that. The rest of the day was a descent to the campsite at 4250m. That night was by far the coldest, but the views more than made up for it. The third day of the trek was almost all downhill or flat valleys, except for the morning, when we hiked to the base camp of Alpamayo, a beautiful peak which is very difficult to climb (or so I am told). After the base camp and a glacial lake just above it at 4500m, the day was filled with beautiful flat valleys. A lot of farms from the Huaraz area bring their cattle to these valleys to graze, and we passed by a lot of cows and sheep. Towards the end of the day, another guy in the group, Jerry, and I were a bit ahead of the rest. To the left of the trail was a bull just like many others we had passed, which was grazing peacefully. The trail bent across a stream about 10 yards in front of the bull, and Jerry and I said hello to a Peruvian guide crossing the stream in the other direction
The fourth day was short and uneventful, and we got back to Huaraz around 3pm. I got a room with a hot shower until 10pm, when my bus left for Lima. I went out for beers and dinner with a few people from the trek. It was a good way to end my stay there.
I think thatīs about it for now--Iīll try to post a few pictures from the trek.