Trip Start May 07, 2009
5Trip End Aug 01, 2009
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I left Lima on the 11th and took a 7 hour bus trip up through the Andes to Huancayo, a moderately sized town on a large plateau surrounded by mountains. The trip was amazing...we passed snow capped mountain peaks and blue lakes, as well as a few llamas who were raoming about. Unfortunately the quality of pictures taken through the window isnt great, but i have included a few below.
On arriving at my chosen hostel in Huancayo, i found this was not a busy tourist time for them...i was alone in a 6 person dormitory! In one way that was great because i got a huge single room really cheaply, but it was not great from a social point of view. I didnt do much my first evening, apart from trying a local peruvian kebab for dinner, which was delicious!
The next morning i went into the centre of town and had a look around the Plaza de Armas (every Peruvian town seems to have one of these...a big open square with a church or cathedral where people hang out and chat).
I was then adviced by a local couple who organised tours to visit Torre Torre, a site just outside town on the mountainside with huge pillars of red earth which look like towers!
I set out on the eary afternoon and arrived Torre Torre at around 4 oclock...it was far bigger and more amazing than i had expected! It is basically a ridge which runs up between two small gullies with riverbeds at the bottom...both gullies are filled with these incredible red towers of earth, and the biggest formation stands at the top of the ridge above them. Standing on the central ridge, facing upwards, you have these formations surrounding you on 3 sides with an incredible view out over the whole valley behind!
I spent two hours there exploring the paths (well, they looked like paths but some of them were completely un-navigable...im not sure if they were used by animals or had been worn away by the elements), and climbed slowly up towards the top of the ridge, looking back down the length of the gullies and out over the city. The sun set directly on the opposite side of the valley, so i got some pictures of the last shining on the main formation of towers before settling down to watch the sunset...one of the most spectacular i have ever seen!
My second full (and last) day in Huancayo i decided to try doing a bit of exploring, so i walked directly across town to the opposite side of the valley, where the main river flows past. Unfortunately when i got there i found that they were building on the riverbank, and both banks were absolutely covered in rubbish! It should have been a beautiful place, but the rubbish and the flies and insects sort of destroyed it for me...i found a huge pile of multi-coloured glass and made a little pattern to pass the time, before returning to the hostel.
I left Huancayo at 6 am on the 15th and had a 5 hour bus to Huancavelica, where i am now! More to come on that in my next entry!