We left Lima early Sunday morning and headed up into the Andes mountains. Our destination was Caraz, a tiny town at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca (The White Range).
The Cordillera Blanca has some of the highest peaks in the Andes, which is the 2nd highest mountain range in the world after the Himalayas.
The drive up reminded us of why we love Peru so damn much. Below a little girl hides in the shadows of her home while fresh corn dries in the high altitude sun…
There is unreal rock climbing potential in this area. Untouched…
We love the indigenous mountain people in Peru. We don’t get to see them often since we’re always down on the coast, and they tend to stay in the highlands…
When we finally crested the range into the upper valley, elevation 13,500 feet, we were blown away by the beauty of the area. This is certainly one of the coolest areas we’ve been to in Peru.
We posted up in a nice hostel located off the Plaza in Caraz and gave ourselves a few days to get used to the altitude.
Below, taking a break from work to hang on our little balcony overlooking the Plaza de Armas…
There always seems to be something going on in the plaza. Below a full band busts out an afternoon concert. Random.
We took it in from the balcony…
Tomorrow we’re going to head up to a remote Mountain lodge to hang for a few days. We will be completely offline, which as many of you know is extremely rare for Sprinter Life, so family and friends please don’t worry.
That assumes I can find the place, and that the Sprinter can make it up the road. You have to love it when you receive instructions and they read as follows…
Find Avenida Raymondi and follow this road all the way to the top. When it comes to a dead end go left and then right before the river. Follow the river up to a bridge on your left and cross it. This road will fork further on, stay on the right of this road. The road turns into a dirt trail. Keep going up until you come to a clearing of trees with the river below on your left. When you see a steep incline, take the path to the left before a house going around. When the path you’re on rejoins the main trail, cross over the main trail continuing on the route ahead of you. You will have avoided Unchus entirely, which is very useful especially if you don’t have a 4×4, as that road is steep and rough. Follow the mountain road you’re on, sticking to the main stretch the whole time.
I’m looking forward to what it looks like when the road turns into a dirt trail. Lovely.
Sprinter Life Book Suggestion
On a side note, we happen to be in the same mountain range where Joe Simpson had his disastrous and nearly fatal climb of Siula Grande (6,344m) in the Cordillera Huayhuash in 1985.
Simpson’s survival is widely regarded as the most amazing piece of mountaineering lore, and is documented in the best selling book
Touching the Void
It was later made into a movie, but I cannot recommend the book highly enough. Check it out.