40 km, in 2 days and 1 night
After our enchanted interlude in the Amazon forest we were ready for some trekking in the mountains and the Huascaran National Park seemed like the perfect place for that.
Snow-capped peaks, huge plains, lagunas more than you need, waterfalls everywhere falling down from the mountains so beautifully it feels like an Evian ad aaand last but not least: the mountain that inspired the Paramount logo and which is considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. I mean what is that if not the ultimate argument?
Of all the treks possible we went for the Santa Cruz one, which is the most popular as it shows you most of the greatest landscapes Huscaran has to offer in a small amount of time. Most people do it in 3 or 4 days and hire a mule-driver (and his mule) to carry their bags and food. We are poor, so we did not hire the mule. And we are a bit impatient as well, so we did it in 2 days and 1 night, running at some points and spending the last hour in the dark with a headlamp as the sun sets ridiculously early in this part of the world.
Apart from us litteraly breaking a world record here, the landscapes too were pretty amazing. Mindblowing would be more correct and you probably won’t fine many places like that in other parts of the world. I will let the photos do their job here.
The night of camping was mindblowing to, but on a different note. More litteraly. We should have guessed that the snow-caped mountain right next to us was a clue saying “hey welcome to a beautiful view and enjoy the freaking cold night!”. Preparing dinner outside of the tent was a torture (I wouldn’t know as I refused to get out of the sleeping bag + blanket armour I had crafted myself) and the night itself was…polar (-10°C seems like a reasonable estimation). The frost on the tent and ground on the next morning could testify. That’s probably right at that moment, looking at the frosted landscape while the sun was rising, that we both took the decision to do this trek in 2 days, or, to put it in other words, not to do one more night in the giant freezer. So we did!