Peruvian Adventure 5/18/2006-6/28/2006
Steamboat à Denver à Miami à Lima à Huaraz à Cordillera Blanca à Huaraz àLazy Dog and LlacaàCordillera Huayhuash à Huaraz à Lima à Miami and home
6/11/2006-6/12/2006: Lazy Dog Retreat: For three days have been hanging out at the
Lazy Dog Retreat at the base of Quebrada Llaca about 30 minutes south and 1,500
ft up of from Huaraz. This is a pretty
amazing place with an equally amazing story behind it. Two expatriate Canadians, Diane and
Diane on the left along with a group of school children as we walk up to the Lazy Dog from Huaraz
They had been able to purchase 4.5 hectors (10 acres) of
land in a beautiful meadow near the outlet of the
Section of the Lazy Dog wall
There was no question their light skin, automobile and imposing spiked wall (see above) set them apart from their Quechua neighbors, but in spite of this they seemed to be building a their place in the community. They had spent countless hours organizing road improvement efforts, cleaning up the community, improving water and teaching children and adults. Diane still teaches and works with local families, and together they are one of the major employers in the area. This Canadian couple can best be described as a combination of adventurers, entrepreneurs and unofficial Peace Corps volunteers.
We stayed in a guest house at the north end of the horse meadow with views across the valley north to the Cordillera Negra and south to Quebrada Llaca.
Our guest house at the Lazy Dog Retreat. Huaraz is the cluster of buildings barely seen just left of center in the bottom of the valley.
Diane cooked every meal and we ate with them in their
house. Mo needed some acclimatization
hikes so we trekked in to the local hills to about 14,000 ft one day and the
following day Diane and
On our way up Quebrada Llaca with Ochapalca just left of center and Ranrapalca with its double pointed summit just to the right.
Mo and I standing just above the shores of Laguna Llaca with Ranrapalca in the background.
Wayne relaxing at Laguna Llaca
We returned to Huaraz last night in time to prepare for our Huayhuash trek, get dinner and party a little with some friends from the Andino. Today we left Huaraz at 9 AM in a van and climbed 3,000 ft to a pass through the Cordillera Negra. From there we dropped about 5,000 ft on winding dirt roads to the base of a valley, then climbed another 5,000 ft were we were deposited in beautiful meadow at Matconcha, the beginning of our Huayhuash trek. Tomorrow morning we will set off for a twelve day 100+ mile walk around the Cordillera Huayhuash, one of the two or three most beautiful treks on the planet.