Hiking in Huaraz

Last weekend after our workshop with the kids, me and a couple other volunteers made our way North to Huaraz to hike the beautiful Cordillera Blanca mountain range.

Sunday — Laguna 69

We woke up bright and early at 5 a.m. and shuffled into a minibus that took up into the mountains and through winding, bumpy roads to a nearby village to have a quick breakfast of coca tea and sandwiches. We had another quick stop for selfies at the Llaguanuco laguna, around an hour away from the beginning of the trail.

All ready for the hike!

We finally arrived at the beginning of the trail around 9:30 (3950m alt.) where we started our hike with a leisurely walk over a plain. However the trail became progressively steeper as the altitude caught up with our lungs, ending in a cruel set of switchbacks that I thought would get me all the way up to the laguna. However I was disappointed when I arrived at yet another plain with an even deadlier set of switchbacks ahead of me.

We finally made it up to Laguna 69, at 4600m, me being the second to last to arrive at the summit. I was thoroughly exhausted, but extremely proud of the fact that I even made it that far, since I considered quitting multiple times on the way. Slow and steady is my new motto for hiking!

Monday — Huaraz town

We didn’t do much the next day considering we were thoroughly exhausted and not up for another grueling hike. Unfortunately it being Monday, all the museums were closed as well, and we resorted to cafe-hopping and souvenir shopping instead. All in all it was an unforgettable trip!

My new llama friend!
Sunset over Huaraz
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