Our travels to Huaraz and Lima
31.05.2012 - 04.06.2012 19 °C
Huaraz and Lima
Hi! It has been well over a week since the last time we posted anything, but we have been travelling so much that we really did not have any time to write things!! And in addition we did not have connection to the internet for the past five days…
Last time we left you with an account of our journey to Chiclayo, so I am going to continue from there. After leaving Trujillo we arrived to the city of Huaraz, located just about in the middle of Peru in Cordillera Blanca. We arrived at 5.30 am in the morning and the hostel we had in mind was completely full. It was a cold morning and we were on the streets of a town we knew nothing about and nobody in. Not a good situation, but our taxi driver found us a temporary couch in one of the other hostels to sleep on for a couple hours untill everyone was awake. After waiting for a couple hours we ventured out and found a place to stay with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, and then decided to wander around the town. Huaraz is a peruvian capital of all sorts of extreme sports, everything from trekking in the beautiful mountains to mountain biking and climbing the glaciers. It is full of great restaurants and artisan shops (I finally bought my Peruvian Sweater) and also specialty equipment shops for all of your trekking needs. There is also a bunch of expats from Europe and America that have made Huaraz their home.
So, we ventured out to find a company that would take us trekking for a day. We succesfully found one and scheduled a trip to Lake 69, which is supposed to be one of the main tourist attractions and one of the most beautiful places to see in Peru, but the next day after leaving early in the morning, our bus had to turn back – threre was a miners strike and all the roads around Huaraz were blocked. (Nobody could get in or out of town) Later we met up with Sandra, whom we have met previously in Chachapoyas and one other new friend Anish, and ended up taking a taxi to Lake Churup trail, which was closer to town and just straight up the mountains from Huaraz. It took us about an hour to get to the trailhead on a very bumpy road, which went through some very picturesque local villages. Once we started hiking I realized I wasn´t going to make it – at over 3000 meters altitude there just was no air! So about 10 minutes in I bailed, and Ryan with company went on. I spent the next five hours relaxing with beautiful views and reading my book… I am glad I did – the hike was very strenuous and at times even dangerous. But Ryan said it was all worth it!
Upon coming back from the mountains we had a very satisfying pizza dinner in a local restaurant and called it a night. Next day Sandra and Anish were going to trek the Santa Cruz trail, but after waiting around for a few hours they had to quit – the strike was still on and the roads were still blocked. (This is not the first time in Peru that we are very thankful not to be on a tight schedule) But we were glad they stayed and we hung out together. After spending some more time in Huaraz we had dinner with more new friends and got on yet another night bus to Lima.
Lima is huge! There are many neighborhoods here, but we chose to stay in Miraflores, one of the prettier places, full of restaurants and shops and things to do. It was Saturday when we arrived here and also my birthday! After much aggrevation we bought plane tickets to Iquitos, and later went out at night and had a great dinner and wine! The next day we spent visiting Museo de la Nacion and then walking in the old center of Lima, which is beautiful and chock full of boroque architecture. We just kept stumbling onto more great things, such as a traditional food festival, beautiful churches, and free of charge museums and exhibits! We really like Lima, but the next day it was time for us to leave and go to Iquitos and the mighty Amazonian Jungle!