Finally, we are getting started! We landed in Lima and after an exciting 8-hour-drive by bus we arrived in Huaraz. The capital of the Ancash region is located 3,091 metres above sea level and we can already see the majestic five and six-thousanders. With this view we are already dreaming of the first turns. But it's too early to focus on those mountains.
First, we have to get acclimatised to get used to the height because at this altitude you can't rush things. We spend the first days in Huaraz, check out the situation and try to get as much information for our upcoming trip as possible. Huaraz is a popular starting point for trekking tours in the Cordillera Blanca, so there are a couple of people here who know the area very well. Since we will be staying for a few days, we want to get to know the local culture and what would be better for that than a real Peruvian market! While shopping there we are fascinated by the hustle and bustle and the traditional gowns of the locals. They welcome us with arms wide open and are always smiling. From the first day, we really feel at home here in Huaraz.
Next on the list: Changing locations to a high plateau at 4,300m above sea level! We will stay for one night and see how we feel. Afterwards we hope to do a warm-up tour on our first five-thousander! More on that later... For now I say, “Hatun Matchay!”
I’ll write again soon,