The agony of waiting for the morning sun and the ecstasy when it pops over a hill are accentuated in the Cordillera Blanca. The sun is so hot and we’re often so high that the difference between sun and shade is staggering. We plan camp spots based on where will get get warming rays first, then sing ‘Here Comes the Sun’ to goad it out of hiding as we shiver over the camp stove. When it appears we’ve been known to whoop and dance. Then an hour later we’re sweating and cursing that bloody sun. A few years of high altitude journeys has done nothing if not make pagans of us; it’s hard not to dabble in some sun worship these days.
With a good weather forecast and a companionable ray of sunshine in the form of Alex the Austrian we spun our bikes up into the hills. After a night at The Hof we set off bright and early for Quebrada Quilcayhuanca…
Good to see a sign of life but me thinks you aren’t gallivanting in those mountains currently!
Lovely and inspiring photos, as always. Hope life is good.
No gallivanting at present! We are growing bellies and staring at laptops in the UK! The book is on the brink of done…..Then what? Who knows?
We hate you guys for this pictures! 🙂
So beautiful! I headed up Quebrada Quilcayhuanca when I was in Peru a few years back – but the pampa was so drenched, and the clouds so low – I did not make it over the pass – and instead headed back to Huaraz! Lovely – and a reminder I need to get back there! Keep the posts coming!
Hi Aurora, It is a wonderful place! Tell all your friends! Also please buy our guide book to the area when you do go back: it is coming out in January (we’ll post details nearer the time). It has detailed maps so you can find your way over the pass in spite of the clouds! Or if you go in dry season there won’t be a boggy pampas or clouds! We have been finishing off the guide which is why the posts have been a bit slow at appearing recently – sorry! Cheers, Harriet