Question for the day…How many people can you fit into a VW Vanagon type vehicle?(Answer at the end of the blog…)After our beach time in Huanchaco (mom, dad - because of you I first wrote Huangchaco!), we hopped on yet another night bus to Huaraz, eight hours south. This bus ride was much more enjoyable, as it boasted ¨semi-camas¨(partial beds) and even had a stewardess of sorts. We still did not manage to sleep much because of getting tossed around on the top deck, but at least it was a comfortable toss!Immediately upon arrival, we booked a 4-day, 3-night trekking tour of the Santa Cruz loop.Upon reflection, had we not been so overtired and vulnerable we would have done the loop alone and in half the time…but isn´t hindsight always 20-20? It was a beautiful and relaxing way to spend Christmas regardless.
The views were unbelievable the entire trek. The Santa Cruz Loop allows for views of the snow-capped Cordillera, picturesque walks through the countryside complete with horses, burros, cows, and sheep, waterfalls, lakes and a constant river presence.What we had thought was the most beautiful lake imaginable in Laguna Quilotoa, was far-surpassed by the brilliant turquoise waters of Laguna Llanganuco which was surrounded by a backdrop of snow-capped peaks.
On the tour, I had fun hanging out with a girl named Petra from Czech…I´m not so sure that Aaron enjoyed all of the giggling as much as I, but I do know that he enjoyed keeping our family tradition of hiking on Christmas day!Our Christmas treat…hot chocolate in the morning instead of just tea! We have returned to Huaraz for a couple of nights to regroup and then we are off again on a night bus to Lima, where we will catch a flight to Cusco on New Year´s Day. Here we are hoping to join a group on the Salkantay trek…an alternative to the Inca Trail that lasts 5-days, 4-nights and concludes in Machu Picchu.Answer:24 including the driver, 3 backpacks, and a large shopping bag...not including 2 wood boxes, 3 backpacker packs, and 3 flour sacks full of camping equipment tied to the roof.This is what we had the pleasure of experiencing for the hour ride back from our hike!