en.infoglobe.cz » Peru: My Fulfilled Dream II.

Peru: My Fulfilled Dream II.

Published: 17.11.2010
After arrival to Peru, we transferred from Lima to the moumtains. At seven o´clock in the morning, we came to the locality of Huaraz, situated in an altitude of 3091 metres above sea level.

An acclimatization - the first day

Just at bus station, a man met us, offering hostel accommodation at unit price Sols 15 per a night. This seemed to be as a good price, so we declared that we should have a look at it. We took a taxi for Sols 3 (very cheap price, indeed). We recognized that such way of transport is very common there, and taxi could be ordered and found always and everywhere. After having judged accommodation level of La Cabana Hostel, we decided to stay there. Three bed rooms were clear, with a toilet and terrace on the first floor, where marvellous view of Huascaran (6768 metres), the highest Peru mountain, could be enjoyed. Professor of philosophy, nice corpulent man, hostel owner, welcome us always when saw us: „La Republica Checa!“ or „Checos!“

Immediately, when we left our luggage in the room, we set out our first excursion. Regarding acclimatization, this phenomenon could not be underestimated at all, as the respective isobars  are shifted, making comparison to the other mountain areas of the world (as in Himalaya Mountains, for instance), and the influence of the altitude is abased at several hundred of metres. So, our excursion was planned to the locality, placed close to Churup Lake, Cordillera Blanca, situated in an altitude of 4485 metres above sea level. We tried to look for suitable transfer into some starting point. We were forced to walk up and down the town and bargain most cheaper vehicle, as we finally finished upstairs on a body of a carriage, paying the amount of Sols 50 for all persons.

The driver took us to the village of Liupa. We continued our walk upstairs on foot, at hardly burning sunshine and relatively great heat. Nevertheless, we found quite soon that storm clouds (cumulonimbusses) of such forms and dimensions are absolutely not to be seen in our country.  As the geographists and meteorologists,we were very enthusiastic. Anyway, all such clouds  forseen a fact that a rain comes as soon as possible. And really, it happened so. At two o´clock in the afternoon, the clouds-masses dropped a lot of water, and even the hails occured. We were forced to look for some shelter from eucalyptus leaves. As we were found at the storm-corner only, the rain was weakening suddenly, and we could continue our walk ahead. However, our original idea (to reach Churup Lake) could not be realized, as the distance was too far, via a col in an altitude of 3800 metres above sea level.

The river in the valley was cut directly into resistant  mineral stones. We passed the river across the bridge to the opposite part and came down to the village of Yarush, in an altitude of 3300 metres above sea level. Here, we managed to be transported by very cheap collectivo (local public means of transport), for Sol 1 per a person, and left, together with aborigines, back to Huaraz.

So, in Huaraz we visited local Chinese restaurant to have a dinner. However, I had terrible headache (as a consequence of the height and maybe, my drinking regime was rather neglected). Nevertheles, Vojta was the only one who was able to eat the meal. The rest of our group was influenced probably by high altitude, so we lost completely a taste for eating. Moreover, a miserable man entered the restaurant, watching non-consumed portions on the table. So, we decided to give him all rests from our portions. The man was very pleased and ate everything that we were afraid of a fact that the dish would cause him bad digestion.

Text/photo: Kristýna Bartůňková

Translation: ing. Jan Jonáš


Discussion at the article (0)

Related Articles

Peru: My Fulfilled Dream XII.
Published: 26.1.2011
We decided that for Cusco sightseeing, including environs, will be reserved the whole day. In the evening, Markéta and Pepa left us, in order to visit Pisac, as they had time enough for such excursion. The rest of our group decided to transfer to Titicaca Lake.

Bolivia – Copacabana and Isla del Sol
Published: 12.9.2016
Copacabana is usually the first city in Bolivia a traveller visits when travelling by land from Peru. If not, he should certainly consider the visit. Shall we excuse the city for the mandatory and quite unnecessary fee of 2 BOB (1 BOB = around 3,5 Czech Koruna), Copacabana is a nice and quite place to rest. The vista over Lake Titicaca makes it even better and adds to the atmosphere. The city is small making this resort on the lake a picturesque and magical place. You can easily walk here for how long you want and still enjoy it.

Bolivia – Uyuni and Salt Pan
Published: 10.10.2016
Our plans receive significant blow once we found out at the terminus in Cochabamba that bus driving companies are on strike. This is nothing unusual in Bolivia. We spending there our second week and we happen to see second one. However, inhabitants and employees have good attitude towards it and they are hardly annoyed. We have ben told several times that such a strike lasts about three days at least. The last bus departs at 18:00 from the terminus. And then the strike begins! Some bus lines moved some were entirely closed. The same goes for the line to Potosi, our next stop. Therefore, we have to change plans in the last minute and take the last bus to Uyuni.

Peru: Chachapoyas, Nuevo Tingo and Kuélap
Published: 19.6.2017
Chachapoyas town has been considered a paradise undiscovered. Situated in the Amazonas region, tourists travel here to discover beautiful nature, different microclimates, the ancient ruins of Kuélap situated between the Andes and jungle.

Peru: Leymebamba and Cajamarca
Published: 26.6.2017
Cajamarca became famous as place which put an end to the powerful Inca empire. The last Inca leader Atahualpa was defeated by Francisco PIzzaro. Later, he was executed on the ain square.

Peru: Trujillo the City of Eternal Spring and Archeological Sites Around
Published: 3.7.2017
Trujillo is situated in a desert area near the Pacific Ocean. It was founded in 1534. It had good enough fortification to withstand pirate raids. For a while it was even the capital of Peru when it the country declared independence.

Peru: Cotahuasi – Allegedly the Deepest Canyon in the World
Published: 10.7.2017
While in Peru, we couldn't decide to visit or not to visit Colca or Cotahuasi canyons. Some say that Cotahuasi is deeper. Some say it's Colca. Perhaps this is only a way to bring more tourists to both canyons. Both canyons are about 3500 meters. The rivers which carved both canyons out flow through the Ande summits rising as high as 6000 meters above the sea level and end up in the Pacific Ocean. Both canyons feature rare Andean condors.

Peru: My Fulfilled Dream XI.
Published: 19.1.2011
A moment of departure from Machu Picchu came. Before a week, I manifested a satisfaction with a fact that I would bring back some dollars home, but at present, I would not be sure that some money remain me at all.

Peru: My Fulfilled Dream IX.
Published: 5.1.2011
The third day of Salcantay trek was taken for relax day. This trip started in pleasant way. We passed along big number of omnipresent bromelias, high horse-tails, bamboo and other plants.

Peru: My Fulfilled Dream VIII.
Published: 29.12.2010
The Saltanay Trek could be planned, according to several instructions in guide-books, for five or seven days. Anyway, our group took it for suitable within shortest time period, as all our future ways were dependent on this fact.

Peru - a country of rich cultural heritage
Published: 25.11.2008
The traveller finds in Peru all - fascinating archaeological finding-places, delightful Amazon rain forests, endless desert coasts, variegated population as well as wild nature and also one of best kitchens of South American continent.

Peru: My Fulfilled Dream I.
Published: 10.11.2010
South America was always for me a great attraction, a magnet. Me, as a girl-undergraduate, who does not have big incomes, it seemed to be something as an inaccessible dream for the time being. Nevertheless, my college Vojta, said to me recently: "Would you like to visit South America, Peru, Chile or some other country?" and this offer let an idea in my head.

Peru: My Fulfilled Dream III.
Published: 24.11.2010
In the morning, I went to bus station to take my rucksack, as my luggage did not arrived to Lima in time. After several call phones, we settled with KLM airflight company, that the luggage will be brought there in the bus.

Peru: My Fulfilled Dream IV.
Published: 1.12.2010
As our first trek in Peru, we have chosen well-known and often visited route through Santa Cruz Valley-river. Guide information says that optimal march time period is stipulated for four days, and the distance from starting point up to final one makes 50 kms. Anyway, we planned that our trip would be one day longer, including climbing into base camp of Alpamayo Mountain.

Peru: My Fulfilled Dream V.
Published: 8.12.2010
The next day, we got up early morning and found that it did not rain, on the contrary, it was nice, sunny weather. Vojta and Milan took even a bath in ice torrent. The way went up very moderately, sometimes it dropped, so the walking seemed not to be too difficult.

Peru: My Fulfilled Dream VI.
Published: 15.12.2010
The next day begun, especially for Milan, in bad way. In the morning, he found that somebody stole him little trek sticks in the night. It was not a good ascertainment, indeed.

Peru: My Fulfilled Dream VII.
Published: 22.12.2010
There was Easter Monday, when we returned from Santa Cruz trek, nevertheless, all people in Huaraz worked. So, we bought tickets to Lima and tried to solve a transfer from Lima to Cuzco, and our trip continued.

Related Photogallery


Czech republic


We were awarded the certificate even thanks to you!

Dôveryhodná firma 2017



Important Information:

Information and warnings on travelling abroad is to be found HERE.

Mobile application:

aplikácia Infoglobe

stiahnuť zadarmo pre Androidstiahnuť zadarmo pre iPhone



Today:wednesday 20. 1. 2021
wednesday 20.1.
5 °C
thursday 21.1.
3 °C