Huaraz Journals

All Action Huarez

An August 2005 trip to Huaraz by WitlessWanderer

Ice Climbing Photo, Huaraz, Peru More Photos
Quote: Huarez in the Cordellera Blanca is the outdoor sports capital of Peru, so I set out to take on the challenges availible.

All Action Huarez

Overview

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Huarez is the outdoor capital of Peru, nestled just up from the actual capital of Peru in the Cordillera Blanca. And the atmosphere in Huarez reflects the prevailing atmosphere in Peru as a whole--it’s a "do" place. This isn’t a place to come and relax. Go climbing (rocks, ice cliffs, and whole mountains), go trekking (1 day, 4 days, and 14 days),or go flying (gliding, paragliding, and parachuting). I was so close to leaving out Huarez. I thought it was just a small town for hyper-dedicated trekkers. I was wrong. Don’t sit about; go to Huarez and get active! Quick Tips: I did all my activities through the agency Monttrek. They were reliable and organized, and had good equipm...Read More

Ice Climbing

Attraction

Ice Climbing Photo, Huaraz, Peru
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Given that the Cordillera Blanca contains the highest concentration of glaciers in the world, it seemed foolish to pass up the opportunity to try ice climbing. As a rock climber in the UK, I'd always wanted to try my hand at ice climbing, but had always been put off by the excessive cost and distinct lack of ice in Britain. But this was fantastic. For US$30, Monttrek in Huarez let me and six other novices loose on the Pastoruri glacier. With plenty of good ice, Pastoruri is a superb place to learn, as well as being a scenic destination in itself. As with rock climbing, the best way is to simply give it a go. It does require a degree of physical fitness, as you´d ex...Read More

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Ice Climbing

Huaraz, Peru

Llangustino Lakes and Huandoy Photo, Huaraz, Peru
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It’s odd how each place in Peru seems to have one standout thing to see: Cusco - Macchu Pichu, Arequipa - Colca Canyon, Chiclayo - The Lord of Sipan. Well, the stand-out attraction in Huarez is the Santa Cruz trek. For 4 days, you trek through a magical landscape of snow-capped peaks and impossibly blue lagoons. If this initially sounds a little intimidating, don’t worry. You can hire any kit you need, get a donkey to carry most of your stuff, and let your guide cook delicious meals for you every evening. If you do a decent amount of trekking back home, then you’re perfectly capable of doing this. Get a map in Huarez, make sure you’ve got all the kit, and off you go. ...Read More