I’d been looking forward to my arrival in Huaraz, renowned by many off-roaders and adventurer tourers for its proximal location to the Cordillera Blanca. Our ride into Huaraz had us pass through Huascaran national park near Laguna Portuchuelo, and the sheer amount of traffic had left me somewhat disappointed. I had been yearning for the untouched wilderness experience and this wasn’t it. To top off my frustrations, I spent the first week in Huaraz bedridden wih the runs. Discouraged and keen to keep tracking south, I had convinced myself to head off as soon as possible. Luckily, I bumped into Paul Griffiths (http://theridesouth.com/), fellow dirt road adventurer.
Paul suggested an overnighter up to Laguna Rajucolta, so we awoke ready to go, or at least I did. Paul had spent the night before with his head resting on a toilet bowl as a pillow. The following day things looked more positive and we set off in search of adventure.
Paul must be a pilot, cause he was flying up the hills! I opted for the turtle method. I don’t think the age old adage proved thruthful here.
Not a bad view, but as the sun lowered so did the temperature. We retreated back down to camp. Of course, our stove decided to malfunction. A broken o-ring and no repair kit meant slow and temperamental cooking. In the end, we prevailed and went to bed with bellies full.
Conclusion: sweet ride but I’m now stuck in Huaraz with Giardia.