This mountain range contains spectacular beauty. Arriving in Huaraz, a gateway city to this area, is underwhelming. But that “underwhelmingness” added to the overwhelming awesomeness once I began my hike to Laguna 69, and camped overnight in Huascaran National Park. The plaza pics are the town of Caraz, a picturesque village I stayed in for a couple of nights. And the two minuscule figures by the lake are a couple I met along the way.

A Traveling Real story to this post is that I never meant to camp over night; my day hike turned into a bigger event because unbeknownst to me at the time, there was no transportation out of the park at the end of my hike around 5pm. If not for a friendly park ranger offering me a little food, and a mattress and sleeping bag for the night, I might have had to ask the friendly French couple I was hiking with to share their tiny tent because it gets cold!

Cordillera Blanca

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