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.
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.