It’s really difficult to do one post on an 8 day, world class trek through one of Andes’ most spectacular segments. So, I will just make a list of ‘highlights’ – I use that term very loosely – from our time in the Cordillera Huayhuash. Our crew consisted of Dan and I, Belinda, Ally (our new badass Coloradan friend) and Gil and Nir, two hilarious Israeli gents. We also had Jesus #1 (Guide/cook) and Jesus #2 (Donkey driver). With donkeys carrying everything but our daypacks, food prepared for us at the campsites when we arrived in the evenings, and surprisingly good quality equipment, we were able to hike quickly during the day due to less weight and relax in the evenings. Going with a guided group was definitely worth the extra 6 dollars a day. Brace yourself for a ton of pictures.
Beautiful sunny days? Check. Green and blue glacial lakes? Check check. Snowcapped Mountains? Many checks. Paramount Picture Mountain? Awesome check. 4 days of incredible hiking, stunning vistas, camping above 14,000 feet, good friends and incredible memories in one of South America’s most famous sections of the Andes? Yup. Santa Cruz. Check. Continue reading