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Huaraz

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When in Cusco I was a bit worn out so I booked the last 8 days of my trip in the comfortable Lima suburb of Miraflores in the family style hostel. By the time I got to Lima I was feeling more energized to do something with the last week of my trip. I missed the mountains the last 2 weeks and knew I was only 7 hours by bus to some of the spectacular mountains anywhere. A disproportionate number of friends and people I met were either going or buzzing about this city, called Huaraz, in the heart of the Cordillera Blanca surrounded by 23 peaks over 6000 meters (19,800 feet) high. I decided on a 3 day 2 night trip bookended by overnight busrides.

Over half the time that I travel to a new place I find it hard, even unpleasant, to deal with the details of arriving and getting to the point of being settled, safe, and finding the fun. I spent the day before going there researching and contacting hotels and tours to try to hit the ground running. Despite the effort, day 1 in Huaraz epitomized the arrival blues. Upon getting in I was tired and found the city one of the ugliest and travel unfriendly places I've seen. The surrounding mountains were incredible albeit through ugly buildings.
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The weather was beautiful and knowing fickle mountain weather I wanted to get out a little out of the urban area to view the spectacular mountains immediately. Due to the tour company opening late I missed everything and there was no one at the hostel who wanted to do anything. So, I took a 2 hour nap, found food, hung out a bit with a woman from Lima who was scaling a 5400 meter (17,800 feet) peak the next few days. I also verified a hike for tomorrow.

Huaraz was totally destroyed by earthquake in 1970 and the cathedral is not yet rebuilt but is pretty neat in its current state.
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From the plaza the highest point in Peru is visible Huascaran at 6768 meters (22,300 feet).
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My hostel has a terrace to view the city and mountains.
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I saw some interesting things from here. Cool morning shots:
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Dusk after a storm:
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On street selling of Guinea Pig and Chickens:
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Treatment of the animals is poor. Another thing that is exceptionally out of control is street dogs. This was a whole pack:
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This dog used the ATM space as a home overnight:
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Posted by solorooster 13:02 Archived in Peru

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