14.05.2013 - 16.05.2013 18 °C
Huaraz is a town in the Peruvian Andes near the Cordillera Blanca and Negra mountain ranges. We did a bike ride that started off between the two ranges. It was very pretty cycling downhill passed farms and people that obviously never see white people because they'd say gringos when we went passed and when we stopped we got surrounded by staring kids. It was pretty funny! We stopped off at (yet another) ruin called Willkaiwan which were built by the Wari between 700 and 1100 A.D.
Unfortunately the bikes were bad quality so our hands were aching and frozen in a claw position by the time we got to the bottom because we had to brake so hard. Emma and I had to get off and walk a few times. We then cycled along the roadside to get to some thermal baths. The thermal baths turned out to be a luke warm brown swimming pool which wasn't very inviting but we got in anyway! We got a colectivo on the way back which is a minibus that picks people up and drops them off anywhere on the route. It was quite an experience especially because a drunk old couple got on the bus - he was talking on his phone upside down and then she threw up in her scarf and then got out without paying - lovely! That night Ned ordered cuy (guinea pig) and we all tried a bit. I don't think any of us will be ordering it again!
The next day we went on a hike to see Laguna 69. We had to drive for 2 1/2 hour bumpy ride to start the hike and passed Lake Llanganuca on the way which is a beautiful turquoise colour. The hike was a lot harder than I thought it would be. We started at 4,000m and took 3 hours to climb up to the lagoon which was 4,600m high. It rained the whole time which although didn't make great pictures it definitely kept us cool. When we got to the lake it started hailing which wasn't surprising considering there was a glacier a few metres higher. The Laguna was beautiful and made a great picnic spot, once we'd found a big rock to shelter behind! The walk down was easier on the lungs but harder on the legs the landscape was so pretty. We made it back to the minibus before it left without us and we endured the extremely bumpy ride back to Huaraz.
The next day we explored around the town and watched some street performers dancing in the middle of the road in between the traffic. We got a cab to a viewpoint 20 mins out of town on the top of a hill to look down on the city. The taxi driver almost ruined his car getting us there because the road was so bad! That night we ate in a restaurant that had a powercut. The food was really good when it eventually got to us but we had to rush to get the night bus to Trujillo.