S: 2011 PERU & BOLIVIA
FC: "Hi Mom, I'm having fun."
1: Hi Mom, We are going to take an all night tourist bus to Huaraz tomorrow and try to do some trekking if possible. Most people here speak English so that kind of sucks. I'm pretty excited to get out of the city for now I think it will be better. I'm going to bed now because Ive had almost no sleep for nights now and don't anticipate sleeping so well on the bus.
2: I got to Huaraz this morning at 6am and have spent most of the day walking around town and acclimatizing. The altitude here is 3600 meters which is enough to feel it, but really not that bad, walking up stairs is a little difficult. We met an Israeli couple who are 22 and just got out of their mandatory military service. We are talking to them about hiring a guide to take us as a group on an 8 day trek called The Whitewash, its supposed to be the second nicest trek in the world behind one in Nepal. Sounds cool.
4: The name of the trek is Huayhuash. We are going to scope it out a little further today but it looks like the total cost will be somewhere around 300 USD per person. Which is sort of a lot but it includes a guide, donkeys, cook, and food for 8 days so maybe it isn't all that bad. I think well go on a hike today to acclimatize but I don't know where yet. I woke up this morning breathing very deeply, you don't really notice the altitude until you lay down and need to need to gasp for air.
5: Adam Folman, Gal Manbola, David Barda, Noa Hofman, Patrick Southern, Adam Holman, Mor Kopel
6: Huayhuash Trek
8: The day after tomorrow Pat and I are going to hire a guide to climb a mountain called Yanapaqcha. It will be really exciting because it requires actual technical ice climbing. It is a 1 night thing so I'll be back real quick this time. After that I'll likely head South unless I absolutely need to blow through all of my money doing summits here.
9: Were back, we didn't make it to the summit because of dangerous weather. Basically you start early in the morning because you want to e off the glacier by about 10 when the sun gets hot and the snow becomes dangerous.
10: We are in the city of Arequipa right now and right outside where I am typing is a big election rally for one of the candidates in the presidential election, which happened today. I guess well know who one when we get off the bus tomorrow. We were surprised to find there was not internet nor atms in the town that we stayed at for the hike so we had to come back when we ran out of money.
11: La Paz seems to have very little violence just a lot of pickpockets and snatchers. A Bolivian guy here explained it as, "They are taking your money, but not killing you up!"
12: We are gong to San Miguel del Bala, an ecolodge in the jungle for 10 days. You have to pay $150 to go volunteer which strikes me as stupid but it costs less than killing time in La Paz so it will be a pretty cheap 10 days. | The New Death Road
13: We spent a lot of time raking the jungle.
14: A jungle bro drinking water out a vine. | Canyoning
16: Michael, Patrick, Soffi, Cara
17: Salt flats | We are in a town right now called Tupiza trying to organize a tour to the salt flats. We've got a group of 10 of Americans, Israelis, and a German girl to go on a Jeep tour but we cant leave yet because there is snow on the route