We have been in Huaraz for almost 2 weeks now. And most likely we’ll be stuck in this area for at least another month. If you know us and you’ve been to Huaraz you might have guessed why…
Surrounded by 3 mountain ranges: Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Huayhuash and Cordillera Negra, Huaraz is heaven for rock climbers, peak baggers, and trekkers. Everyday it seems the list of things we’d like to do here is getting longer and longer: peaks to climb, glaciers to wield an ice axe on, cliffs to scale…
Quite literally we can spend a lifetime here and not running out of things to do.
For example, the reason why we won’t be around to do some Tweeting and Facebooking for awhile is because for the next month, we’ll find ourselves:
Doing “The second best trek in the world!”
Tomorrow we’re starting out on 112 mi – 10 days trek around the Cordillera Huayhuash.
We’ve first heard about the Huayhuash trek from a fellow volunteer in Ecuador – who upon finding out that we like to torture ourselves silly for the sake of some views blurted that,
‘You should definitely do the Huayhuash. It’s supposed to be the second best trek in the world!’
She wasn’t sure what the world’s best trek is supposed to be. Neither do we.
Whether or not the title has some merit, how could we not check it out? Jack and I will be gone for 10 days in the Cordillera Huayhuash doing supposedly second best – but certainly spectacular nonetheless – trek called the Huayhuash Circuit.
You can read more about the circuit here, including tidbits about thieving dogs who’d steal food right out of your tents.
“Wtf? None of the agencies told us about rabid dogs!”
Utilizing our climbing gear (that we’ve been lugging around for 4 months) in Peru’s Rock Forest
Afterwards, we’ll be spending 2 weeks or so climbing in Hatun Machay – a ‘rock forest’ 30 km from Huaraz. With 160 bolted climbing routes this is arguably Peru’s best sport climbing site. And after lugging around our harness and shoes for 4 months we can’t possibly be this close to it and not spend some time there.
Unfortunately these two places are lacking in Internet access. Tsk.
But don’t worry – I have some posts planned out already for the next few weeks.
I still haven’t told you about what we did in Chachapoyas or even what we’ve been doing here in Huaraz for the past 2 weeks.
Or about that day of gluttony when we did nothing but eat Peruvian food…