(This is a picture post. Up up and away!)
Up at 4:30am and into town. Sunrise. For it being 5am, sure a lot of people up and at it. Alas, tis the norm here.
Caught the bus at 5:45am. A couple hours north to Yungay. Then east from there towards LLanganuco. (Today’s gameplan: hike UP to Laguna 69…at 4600 meters, or over 15,000 feet!)
Driving into the Quebrada Demanda. Muddy road, hella potholes, and a 20 foot drop into the lake on our right side. Steeeeeeep, steep walls of the quebrada (super steep canyon) black with water streaks. We made it to the trailhead after honking at a few cows.
I made the terribly not so funny joke:
“Hola vaca (cow)! ¡Mooooooooo-ve outta the way!”
Well, I laughed anyway.
The trailhead begins at 3950m / 12960ft, and meanders alongside a river in a green grassy valley, chock full of cows and patties.
We ascended past ruins and as we wound our way up to the Laguna 69, the clouds broke. Chacraraju (6108 m / 20039 ft) towered overhead in all its glory.