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Lima, Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca

General laziness

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So, after getting all sandy and hot in Huacachina we headed off to Lima, where we stayed in the posh area of Miraflores. Lima has a bit of a bad reputation for crime, so we spent our entire time in the rich district which was nice and safe. We didnt actually get up to much at all in Lima, except for walking along the costal cliffs and enjoying the metropolitaness of it all- the likes of which we hadnt seen since Buenos Aires. We also found a computer that would read all our virus infected memory cards, so spent a whole day uploading a ton of photos.
Our next stop was Huaraz, up in the mountains again surrounded by one of South Americas most spectacular andean mountain ranges, the Cordillera Blanca. The custom is to spend a few days trekking around the mountains, but after colca canyon and the sandboarding, we had had enough of any form of physical excercise and decided instead to be lazy and take a bus tour around the mountains.
The tour was a pretty good way to do it in our eyes, the bus stopped off first at the completely wrecked town of Yungay, which had been covered by tons of ice and granite when an earthquake loosened a huge chunk of Peru´s tallest mountain, Huascaran, causing a huge avalanche. The area had been nicely redone however, kind of like a huge memorial, with flowers and monuments. There was a big pile of metal in the middle that had once been a bus, which gave us a pretty good idea of how powerfull the avalanche had been. It was also the 40th anniversary of the event and so there were lots of people singing and showing their respect which was quite nice.

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Our next stop was for lunch where we had our first taste of cuy, or roasted guinea pig, a gruesome affair with claws and head (complete with pained facial expression) all served on the plate. The taste didnt really justify eating the poor little thing though so probably wont be trying it again!

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We were then taken to a series of bright turquoise glacial lakes in between two huge mountains, which were quite nice- even better however was the view of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

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Once we had reached a mirador which gave us a view of some more mountains and of the lakes from high up, we headed back to Huraz (unexhausted for a change) where stayed the night before heading on to our next destination: Trujillo.

Posted by St Martins 11:55 Archived in Peru

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