Lake 69 and Huaraz

We arrived in Huaraz a little “beat up” I had been fighting the “squirts” and Mel wasn’t exactly going “solid” either. The altitude in Huaraz is around 3500 meters so we were in need of a few days of acclimatization. Carbohydrates, rest, lots of water and a little exploring of city was on the menu for the next 2 days. Our home base for the next 5 days would be Caroline’s lodge, an awesome spot with helpful staff, clean rooms, free breakfast and an awesome roof top kitchen.

After 2 days of adapting we were ready to hike Lake 69, a glacier fed lake about a 3 hour taxi drive out of town. In order to get the cab to drive us there we needed to find 2 additional people willing to pay the S/ 50 each for the trip. Luckily we had befriended an Argentinean and a woman from France who were both interested. We all met on the day off the trip around 5:30am in order to eat some breakfast and we on the road by 6am. The first hour was typical Peru highway driving, the next 2 hours was some of the bumpiest driving I had ever experienced. Dirt roads literally covered in potholes. Luckily the scenery was amazing.

The sun peaking over the mountains during the bumpy road to the trail head

The sun peaking over the mountains during the bumpy road to the trail head

Our hiking buddies heading back from a break on the bumpy road

Our hiking buddies heading back from a break on the bumpy road

Our Taxi driver dropped us off and said he would wait for us to return. The trip was suppose to take 3 hours up, 1 hour at the lake and 2 hours down, we were more like 4.5 hours up, 30 minutes at the top and 1.5 hours back down. The elevation changed over a km during the hike, which slowed us down a lot more then expected. Hopefully this experience will help prepare us for Machu Picchu.

Mel just after the trail head

Mel just after the trail head

There were so many cows on the way up the trail, if these walking hamburgers could do it.....

There were so many cows on the way up the trail, if these walking hamburgers could do it.....

Don't go chasing waterfalls...

Don't go chasing waterfalls...

We finally made it to the top, over a km in elevation change

We finally made it to the top, over a km in elevation change!

Jose swears it is this big, we didn't ask for proof...

Jose swears it is this big, we didn't ask for proof...

3 thoughts on “Lake 69 and Huaraz

  1. Keep those pictures coming. They definitely allow me to daydream while I take a break from schoolwork. Hope you guys keeps having great experiences, and keep safe. Joanna

  2. Wow, what a nice trip…

    That lake waters seem so pure.
    For the bumpy road i’m pretty sur it cannot get worst then what we have in Québec, specialy at this time of the year.
    But again that lake seem great.

  3. Not sure which I enjoy more – the pics or the commentary. Both are farily descriptive! Keep it up – phenomenal trip by proxy so far!

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