Month: June 2016

Highs & Lows of Trekking Peru’s Cordillera Blanca: Days 4-6

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Days 4-6 on the Cedros-Alpamayo Circuit saw us saying farewell to¬†the Santa Cruz Valley¬†and crossing the Alto Pucaraju Pass into the Alpamayo side of the Cordillera. ¬†The remoteness of the Cordillera Blanca gradually sinks in as we head deep into the heart of this magnificent range. Although this section of the trail takes us through the occasional small mountain hamlet, civilization is far from our minds as dazzling turquoise lakes, soaring jagged peaks and high mountain passes become our constant companions.¬† (more…)

Highs and Lows of Trekking Peru’s Cordillera Blanca: Days 1-3

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Most people who travel to¬†the Cordillera Blanca come to enjoy the Santa Cruz Trek, a popular 4-day hike which passes¬†over Punta Union (4750 meters/15,584 feet) at its highest point. We wanted to stay longer in the Cordillera and see it from all sides, so we opted instead for the¬†Cedros-Alpamayo Circuit, which combines the Santa Cruz Trek with the Alpamayo¬†trek in the adjacent valley. Beginning in Cashapampa and proceeding counter-clockwise to the end point in Hualcayan, this route allows you to immerse yourself in the mountain culture of Peru and experience this spectacular range of peaks from nearly every side. Our itinerary had us¬†complete the circuit over the course of 11 days, allowing us to hike and¬†photograph at a leisurely pace. (more…)

Your Guide to Peru’s Cordillera Blanca: The Cedros-Alpamayo Circuit

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Mention¬†hiking in Peru and chances are that most people¬†immediately think¬†of the classic¬†trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Well,¬†here’s a little secret:¬†while the Inca Trail is fantastic, it’s not the only game in town. Many people may not¬†realize that Peru is home to¬†countless other trekking opportunities that can give the¬†world-famous (and extremely popular)¬†Inca Trail¬†a serious run for its money any day of the week. So, if you are looking for a¬†serious romp through a¬†beautiful¬†alpine paradise with only a handful of other people, have we got a place for you!¬† (more…)

Getting Our Hiking Legs in Huaraz: Laguna 69 Overnight

Overnight Hike to Laguna 69

Laguna 69 is the most popular day hike in Peru’s¬†Cordillera Blanca¬†and is a consistent crowd pleaser for¬†good reason. The hike itself passes through a valley in¬†Huascar√°n National Park that sports gorgeous alpine scenery before heading up to an unbelievably blue lake nestled¬†below a sheer wall of stone and ice that rises hundreds of meters above. The view of Laguna 69 is so grand, it’s impossible to fit it into your camera without using a wide-angle lens! (more…)