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PERU pt2, AG 'After Ging Gang' - the Cordillera Blanca

Huaraz and the Cordillera blanca 07/06/09-13/06/09

semi-overcast 10 °C

It was great surfing up north and playing in the sun at Lobitos and Pacasmayo, but now it was time to start more adventures! Before we enter the outskirts of Lima our bus winds around oceanic sand cliffs, the tires only inches away from the edge. We arrive safely back in Lima after a 17hr overnight bus trip from far north and choose hostel Inkawasi in Miraflores as our temporary home. And what a score, free internet, breaky included!!! The owner, Fabio, is a mad keen surfer and top bloke with a lovely family, Nicole and Ailani. His assistant Alberto is a champ and keeps the place spotless! We dump our bags and head to the airport to pick up Steve’s mum - Ging Gang has landed!!!!!!!!! After travelling for 5 months it was great to see a familiar/family face. HOLA MI MADRE!!!!!!!!!
After a few days acclimatising in Peru, recovering from 2days worth of jet lag, Ging Gang was ready to explore - and a trip to Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca it is! An overnight 8hr bus from Lima saw us arrive up in the Andes, in a town called Huaraz.
Huaraz is the jumping off point for some of South America’s best trecking. The mountainous region of the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash has an awesome jaw dropping natural beauty. This is the 2nd highest mountain range in the world with over 20 peaks above 6000m. Huascaran is the king of the peaks at 6768m.
We settle into Albergue Churup and admire the mountains. OK, which one are we going to climb???
With not a great deal of time up our sleeves, nor the experience, we decide to do a recommended 1 day hike up to Lake Llanganuco and Lake 69 as apposed to other hikes that last up to 10 days. Our hike involved lugging a days worth of supplies starting from 3900m, reaching 4600m and then back by sunset. Without a guide and just a cartoon sketch map provided by our hostel we encounted a few ‘which way are we going‘ moments at the cross roads of poorly marked routes. Some of the steeper higher altitude sections tore a new sphanktor or 2 in you. However, the pain is quickly replaced by pleasure as you look around at the glaciated peaks, pristine emerald lakes and brightly coloured Andean wildflowers. After the hike we spent another 2 days in Huaraz relaxing our sore muscles (walking around as if we had carrots up our coits), shopping at artesania mercados (the girls went sick!), eating VERY cheap vegetarian fare (3 course meal $2AUD), and getting friendly with the locals………

Lake Llanganuco........

Walking through the Andes.....

Andean wildflowers

And then there was Lake 69....


Stay tuned as next we have the Intrepid tour with the inca trail and MACHU PICCHU!!!!!!!

Posted by jessnsteve 15:16 Archived in Peru Tagged backpacking

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WOW your pics of Lake Llanganuco, Lake 69 and the wild flower's are just glorious...it must've been mind blowing to be there!
PS nice to Ging Gang!

by JassyJay

Oh dear...my post PS was meant to be nice to SEE Ging Gang! :)

by JassyJay

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