Huaraz, Peru About 3 weeks ago, Jack and I decided that if there was one trek we were going to do in Peru, it was going to be the Huayhuash Trek. And even though it had some ‘I swear this is the last trek we’re doing!‘ moments – looking back at it, we’d do it …
Huaraz, Peru “This is bullshit. We’re so not doing anything like this ever again” – Jack screamed towards the wind. “I hear you… this sucks,” I muttered. That particular outburst happened when we weren’t even halfway into our 10-day Huayhuash Trek. Granted, it turned out to be one of the hardest days of the trek: …
We’re actually in Lima right now playing catch up with emails, work, the blog, and travel planning after a 2 week hiatus from civilization.
Stories from the 10-day trek we just did in the Cordillera Huayhuash will follow. In the meantime, hope you enjoy some of our favorite sceneries taken from this trek.
Huaraz, Peru Laguna Paron is an easy day hike from Huaraz, Peru. Even though located at 4100m, the trail is relatively flat and straightforward. Sept 3 update: Back on the trailhead after our hike, we encountered another group who was looking for a person who shared a cab with them. They had been waiting for …
Trujillo, Peru Remember that day in Trujillo when we ate nothing but American chain food? Well, it didn’t take for the guilt to sink in and we decided to make it up for our remaining 2 days in Trujillo. Well, the guilt and the price tag, really. Pizza Hut was expensive. Everyone that we’ve met …
As the first city in Peru that we’ve stayed in, Chachapoyas had the unfortunate responsiblity of giving us a good first impression of this 3rd country in our RTW travel.
Fortunately, Chachapoyas had nothing to worry about.
Its neat and tidy plaza and white painted buildings brought us back to all of those cute Colombian pueblos that we loved so much.
And if you’re into ruins, you’ll love it even more. This area is not only blessed with dramatic sceneries, but it’s dotted with more ruins that you probably have time for.
The Huayhuash Trek has gained reputation as the most scenic and challenging trekking route in Peru. It goes around the mountain range of Cordillera Huayhuash, through high mountain passes (some are over 5000 m), numerous glacial lakes, and beautiful Andean sceneries. On average, it takes 10 days to complete the trek.
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…
How much does it cost to travel in Ecuador? Not counting Galapagos, Ecuador turned out to be surprisingly cheap. Here’s our budget breakdown during our travel in Ecuador.
Big cities are never quite our things.
We’ve been on the road for 4 months and the number of big cities we can safely say we’ve explored is very few. There were those 3 days we spent in Medellin. The 1 day spent in Quito.
So safe to say that for the 4 months we’ve been traveling in South America we never had the opportunity to enjoy big city stuff. Things such as concerts, museums, and the hustle bustle of a city life.
Things such as shopping malls. Western style shopping malls.
Baños is known as Ecuador’s center of extreme adventure activities. You can do anything here as long as it involves climbing up stuff and falling down stuff.
And if it involves water and volcanoes, it’s even better.
We felt right at home there.
Here are some of the things we did that we’ve survived:
Vilcabamba, Ecuador – Chachapoyas, Peru “Hope you’re up for an adventure,” I said to Jack. “Not really”, he grimaced. “I just hope it won’t rain. Then it would really suck. Lots of dirt road.” It was 6 am in Vilcabamba. It was the start of a 2 day journey to cross from Ecuador to Peru, …
Apparently they all ended up here in Vilcabamba.
I’ve never seen so many old people and tie dye-clad people – sometimes they’re the ones and the same – since… Well, never, actually.
Vilcabamba is experiencing some sort of gringo boom, it seems like. It’s especially popular with the retired folks. We came to Vilcabamba on our way to Peru from Baños. We didn’t really know what to expect – but surely we didn’t expect a town overrun with expats and tourists.
Baños, Ecuador I finally got around to sending mine to my folks in Indonesia (the one in the middle). Baños is located at the bottom of a still very much active volcano, Tungurahua. So active that it’s constantly spewing smokes. It definitely makes life exciting. Fortunately, Baños is located away from the mouth of the …