the santa cruz trek, peru (revisited in bw)

October 31, 2014

 

In the spring of 2014 Naomi and I travelled to Peru for three weeks. We went to walked around Lim; went to some cool cafes; stayed in Cuzco; got sick in Cuzco; went to Machu Picchu; and took an amazing bus ride to Huarez in the Ancash region; and trekked through the Cordillera Blanca of the Peruvian Andes on a 5 day Santa Cruz Trek. The Santa Cruz trek was awesome. It was definitely the highlight of our trip (at least for me and I think Naomi would say the same. What follows are a few pics from our trek. Some of the photos you may have seen in the travel gallery on this website, but I think all are new (in black and white) here. 

 

The first two photos are from our "warm up" or acclimatization hike to Santa Cruz village, just outside of Huarez. Huarez, by the way, is a great little mountain town. Lots of cool cafes with good eats and delicious beer. Our favorite place was the Cafe California. We had pretty much everything on the menu (non-meat dishes) and it was all scrumptious! Coffee, too was excellent. You'll have to ask Naomi about the tea!

 

Near the beginning of the most amazing hike I have ever done-- Laguna 69 Trail. If you do one thing in Peru, do this! Awesome hike to one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen-- Laguna (lake) 69. I want to go back just to see it again. Camp out there and photograph it all day long!

 

 

Enroute to Laguna 69. Climbing and climbing through the valley, higher and higher above the falls. This is one of my favorite shots from the entire trip. From this point, there's about 1 mile left before the beautiful blue lake 69.

 

Early morning, day three (I think). Brilliant clear skies. I forgot the mountain's name.

 

And in the other direction, this mountain, too.

 

Definitely different from Kauai!

 

The Punta Union Pass (elevation 4,750 meters), highest point of the Santa Cruz Trek. This was a long day. A long hard climb with rain chasing us the entire way. The views were, of course, breathtaking. We stopped here for a quick lunch before descending down into the valley. This was a very long, hard day. Longest of the trek, if I remember correctly, and definitely the hardest.

 

View of Alpamayo from the Punta Union Pass. Many in Peru will tell you that Alpamayo is the most beautiful mountain in the world. 

 

Day 4, 6:26 AM. Looking back at the mountain that guarded over the Punta Union Pass. 

 

The last bridge, and your out of the valley. 

Peru was awesome. I wanna go back.

Aloha,

lee