Cordillera Blanca

Trip Start Sep 22, 2010
Trip End May 17, 2011

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Huaraz is the high-altitude city at the base of the Cordillera Blanca, the highest mountain range outside of Asia.  After spending a few days feeling the effects of the altitude, we made our way into Huascaran National Park for a few nights in the backcountry.  We shared the massive valleys with a only handful of local villagers and saw only two other groups of trekkers.  Cows were our constant companions, though, and actually make very scary sounds at night.  We camped on a lake at the base of a huge glacier and 20,000 foot-tall mountains, and took a day hike to another alpine lake.  The park was a fitting adventure for our last few days in Peru. 
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