14.12.2011 25 °F
We had passed through a handful of small towns after leaving the boarder crossing from Ecuador to Peru. The boarder crossing it was a funny one; well it was certainly not your average procedure! We had the ‘officer’ or a sweaty guy running across the road from the gym to the Ecuadorian immigration office lol! Once we saw him he told us that we had to go to the police station to get a further stamp. We faced with a very young ‘officer’ dressed in a football top and shorts watching some local football team with his bear feet resting on the desk lol! Huanchaco – this little beach town was cute not much to do here though but great just to recuperate…yes I said recuperate. Backpacking is not easy – all the long distance bus journey’s that are like a min of 10hrs here and there and not forgetting the packing and unpacking does take it out of you! So just a couple of days here saw another amazing sunset with surfers riding ridiculous waves – beautiful!
23 hours away from Lima, Chachapoyas was one of stops along the way – it is the capital of the Amazonas department but it s surrounded by loads of mountains rather than jungle lol. We went to explore Kuelap, ruins of pre-inca city…our tour guide cracked me up as he was half cut and stunk of Vodka (I would have been pissed if I had to pay him for that day). A long day but really cool scenery! In the evening for dinner Michael had ordered some kind of a soup that was made with milk, sweetcorn and MEAT! Minging but apparently it tasted great…eek!
Huaraz (7hr away from Lima) – Huaraz is a place which is really good for hikes. The town itself is not that pretty to look at but we stayed here for a few days as we hiked up to Lake Chirup and we also went to see some Glaciers all in the Cordillera Blanca region.
Lake Chirup was an amazing trek it took nearly a whole day – so it was me, Michael, Marc and our French sailors! As it was raining we were faced with a few life and death situations. We had to climb up several wet rocks with an aid of a single rope but I was glad to have 4 strapping lads to help me yay! But when we reached to the lake it was worth the while! I was faced with an aquaria-green blue lagoon that just looked blissful. In the background I could see white topped mountains with a streak of light peering through. We had a chilled here for about an hour while we had made our tomato, avocado sandwiches with a help of an army swiss knife.
The Glaciers here in Huaraz were absolutely crazy! Again this trip involved a lot of walking but at the end it was all worth it. The whole day was a bit dull and gloomy but the landscape around me was crazy! I was lucky to see the extraordinary giant Puya raimondii plant which can take up to 100yrs to grow! It was hot at times but then you would hit a very cold breeze. In the background I was greeted with high high snow Peak Mountains, the odd donkey in the distant. Once arrived near the Glaciers (even though there were a lot of groups) you could seriously hear a pin drop it was that quiet! My eyes were faced with whiter than white and ice cold blues everywhere!
Finally we made it to Lima, a city where a lot of people had negative reviews about esp about crime rate but I had no problems here. I did however prefer Miraflores - it was such a beautiful place where I could seriously see myself living here! Very clean, green and modern! The shopping mall was crazy as it overlooked the pacific, open top and just to make extra cozy they had a massive Christmas tree and the smell of freshly brewed coffee. There was not ‘much’ activities to do here apart from chilling, hitting a few bars and shopping. I did go to an open band night which was nice!