Steer clear of political rallies...
Peruvians are very vocal and strong minded in matters of politics, with rallies becoming quite animated. As a traveler, it's best to steer clear. The many "advertisements" for various politicians are everywhere, even in remote villages.
Santa Cruz Trek: Weather Takes a turn for the Best
The second day turned out to be cloudy at first so we walked only 2 or 3 hours and decided to camp out for the night to let the weather pass. The South Africans and the British gal were in a rush so they parted away past the big overpass. We camped next to a lagoon just before the big overpass of the trek. Luck was in our favor, and by early afternoon that same day, the clouds were gone so we got to see an amazing view of the snowy mountains, which are the best I have ever seen, even to this date. The Aussie told me that these peaks make those in Canada and the Rocky Mountains look like little hills. The sizes of these peaks are amazing. We took a daytrip that afternoon to the top of a peak and got an even better view of the snowy peaks. We camped at about 4200 meters above sea level that night. Being so high, we couldn't find firewood to make a fire. That didn’t stopped us from appreciating a bright full moon sparkling on the lagoon and illuminating the towering snowy peaks.
In 1970, the worst natural disaster in Peru's history happened here. There was an earthquake, followed by an avalanche from Huascaran. There used to be a town here called Yungay. But after the earthquake and the avalanche, in 3 minutes, the town ceased to exist. 25,000 people died. Yungay was reconstructed elsewhere but here in Campo Santo, was the exact spot where it all happened.
There is a little conical hill which was then a cemetery. As it was a high point, many people scrambled towards it and 92 made it there. Now, there are reconstruction of an arch and a huge cross to represent the bodies of the disappeareds who had been buried underneath the massive rubble all over town.
The other group of survivors were children from a school that happened to be located near a mountain away from the path of destruction. These 300 small children were put up for adoption all over the country later.
In the distance, there is a facade of a cathedral which is a reconstruction of the cathedral that had once stood there. When the avalanche came, the cathedral was still holding on. In fact, 4 palm trees from that time were still standing (although 3 of them are dead now) as they were protected by the cathedral and the avalanche passed right around them. Many people, upon seeing the impressive cathedral, ran INTO the cathedral to hide there. One young man tried to enter but it was full and the doors closed on him. So, he had to run up to a mountain nearby. In fact, this saved his life as he lived to tell the tale.
What happened later was that after the avalanche came a series of gigantic rocks and one massive rock hit the cathedral and utterly destroyed it. The cathedral collapsed like a pack of cards. And days and weeks after, during the excavation, they found there were many spaces around the collapsed structure. Hence, the people inside were not crushed to death, they died of asphyxiation because they could not escape. Gosh!
Meanwhile, the massive rock is still standing where it had rolled to. It is huge!
huaraz capital of peruvian andes
"huaraz center of the peruvian andes"
At the heart of Callejon de Huaylas is Huaraz, capital of Ancash. The Santa River divides the Andes into two chains that hold spectacular andalusia Callejón de Huaylas: the Cordillera Blanca, so named for its eternal snow peaks, and the Cordillera Negra, which is devoid of them. Almost all of the Cordillera Blanca is part of the Huascaran National Park, created to protect the wildlife, the archaeological heritage and scenic beauty of the region. The city of Huaraz, shows a relatively new face, having been completely rebuilt after the 1970 earthquake devastated. Currently, Huaraz is the center of articulation with other towns in the Callejon de Huaylas, as Recuay, Carhuaz, Yungay and Caraz.
Huaraz-El Farolito guesthouse Pictures
"EL Farolito the best HOSTAL in Huaraz -PERU"
El Farolito is my favorite hostal. Fun, inexpensive, comfortable and very well located. 6 blocks from the plaza de armas (main square) and a block from the Santa river
El Farolito is mi hostal favorito. Es muy divertido, super barato , comodo y muy bien ubicado. a solo 6 cuadras de la plaza de armas y una cuadra del rio Santa
"EL Farolito Hostal and its Hostess"
The owner, Reina, of el Farolito is very welcoming and helpful. Just ask anything you would like and the sky is the limit.
La duena, Reina, de el Farolito es muy acojedora y brinda mucha informacion. Solo preguntale por cualquier ayuda y el limite es el cielo.
"El Farolito Livingroom areas"
It has a great patio check the above picture where the recreation room is. This picture is the livingroom and reception area. It has 2 levels of rooms.
Tiene un gran patio , mirar la foto superior, alli tienen juegos. Esta foto es de la sala y recepcion . El hostal tiene 2 pisos.
"El Farolito - view nature from the dininroom"
The cafeteria has a exit to the terrace with a beautiful view of the mountains. One can take pictures of the sunset near the river.
La cafeteria tiene una salida a su terraza que tiene una bella vista de las montanas/ Uno puede tomar fotos del atardecer cerca al rio
"El Farolito and its sun terrace"
The terrace is in 3 levels that goes down all the way to the road to the river. If you are up for suntanning in the summer you can get an even tan. You can even hire a massagist. just ask the owner to help you arrange it.
The terrace is fabulous to have a yoga session every morning or at the sundown.
La terraza tiene 3 niveles que bajan hasta el camino cerca al rio. Si quieres solearte este es el lugar propicio para cojer un tan parejito. Hasta podrias contratar una masajista , solo pide a la duena que te ayude a conseguir alguien.
La terraza es fabulosa para hacer sessiones de yoga cada manana o al atardecer.
"view from the street - El Farolito"
this is a view from the door outside the farolito. From that part of the street you can see the Huascaran (the highest snow crested mountain in Peru)
Esta es la vista de la entrada de el FArolito. Desde esta parte de la calle uno puede ver el Huascaran ( el nevado mas alto de Peru)
"Mountain view from el Farolito - Huaraz"
ck out the view from the terrace. Everymorning you can exercise in the terrace or walk around the river and come back to relax and breathe fresh air.
Mira la vista desde la terraza . Cada manana puedes hacer ejercicios ahi o caminar alrededor del rio y luego volver a relajarte y respirar aire fresco.