Getting ready for a trek

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Huaraz is the jumping off point for all things mountain related in central Peru. There are 2 main mountain ranges, Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash, plus a number of other places such as Cordillera Negra and Alpamayo.  We wanted to do some more trekking (?!?) so we headed here from Lima to arrange a trek.  On Donnchadh's recommendation we decided that we wanted to go to the Huayhuash as there are less tourists, apparently, than Blanca.  So we arrived in Huaraz off the night bus from Lima, found ourselves a room and went out to start planning.  Supposedly.  We ended up spending the whole day in a very un-peruvian café eating very un-peruvian food at very un-peruvian prices.  On the plus side we started knocking off our back log of blogs!!

The next day we were more successful and wandered around finding information about the various treks. We asked in a few places, in between times went back to the fancy café for lattes and finally chose a 10 day trek. We couldn’t leave for 2 days to give them time to organise it so we vowed the next day to sit in a different Western run café and finish our blogs, which we did!! Lucky readers.  That afternoon we met up with our guide to go through the plan – he seemed fine, if not a little odd – and then went back to the hostel to pack. 

I’m not too sure that we gave Huaraz as a place too much attention, and to be honest it didn’t look like it needed any.  As a staging area for some amazing treks in the most expansive high altitude mountain range in the world after the Himalaya it had none of the, albeit very touristy, charm of Thamel in Kathmandu, the equivalent place in Nepal.  It’s dirty, not very friendly and there are half built concrete buildings everywhere.  The appeal of the setting though can’t be argued.  From our favourite café there were views of multiple snow peaks. Needless to say we went back there a few more times than the budget could handle.  Great latte though!  The view made us even more excited about spending 10 days in the thick of them. 
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