Alex and I had nothing prepared or planned for our time in Huaraz, Peru but it turned out there was a lot to see if you travelled outside this small Peruvian city. Once we got the run down on all the different activities we decided to do different things especially with my bad knee. The altitude was another fun experience as we travelled from about sea level to 3100 in a day! We have had PLENTY of experience of altitude and I kinda felt like I was adjusting pretty well but every time we do a sea level- 3000m (or more) drive in a day I feel a little bit like death. As usual Alex is blissfully unaware that we are at altitude and feels incredibly healthy and ready to run up some stupidly high mountain.
So cue the stupidly high mountain trips- On the first day Alex decided to try his hand out at rock climbing for the first time and despite getting a nice injury from a falling rock it was something he thoroughly enjoyed and is going to do again. The climbing itself was quite scenic and surprisingly difficult with a lot of the group unable to make the last climb besides Alex and a few others.
Whilst Alex enjoyed his rock climbing I enjoyed the lovely effects of altitude sickness in my room which for once was a private room with a bathroom so it wasn’t all bad. After about 7 hours had passed and I had consumed about a bazillion litres (probably 3 litres) of water I was able to go out and see Huaraz and a fantastic coffee shop!
The next day we went our separate ways and Alex hiked Laguna 69 (cue laughter) which is inappropriately named for no apparent reason unfortunately. This hike takes you up to 4600m with some exceptional views of the landscape and ends at a stunning blue lake surrounded by ice caps! This was one of the hikes I would have loved to do but alas my knee is still playing up but it gives me an excuse to return to beautiful Peru. The hike was challenging for most of the group with such a massive altitude climb coming straight from Lima only a few days before. Once the group reached the top of the Laguna they were given the chance to relax and take in the stunning views before descending.
Whilst Alex was off enjoying his hike I decided to venture around the surrounding mountains of Huaraz via horseback! Me and a few other girls jumped on a collectivo (public bus/taxi thing) to a nearby town where we met a beautiful old woman who would help us ride up the mountains. The views were stunning surrounded by ice capped mountains and lush green farmland and the weather was deliciously warm!
We were also able to find an exceptional curry restaurant in town where I was able to satisfy some cravings for proper Asian food! All in all a great little trip despite the altitude!