My 2,500-Mile Hike through History

25 06 2017


It’s been a while. Five years in fact.

Since my time in a world of contradictions: freezing cold weather in Bolivia; sweltering heat in Columbia; poverty in La Paz; drug wealth in Medellin; and now my new journey has started. But one far closer to my heart.

After having gallivanted far and wide, it’s about time I saw the amazing country called home. And what better way to do that than by hiking.

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Hikes around Huaraz, Peru

12 06 2011

Huaraz is a great base to explore Peru’s Andes mountain range with hikes in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra areas.

Looking uphill at the Rock Forest

Several hikes climb to near 5,000m and therefore rank as moderate to difficult. Huaraz itself sits at just over 3,000m.

If attempting the Santa Cruz trek, it’s advised to do at least one day hike before (two to three is better) to help you acclimatise. (For the Santa Cruz trek, click my last blog entry.)

Featured hikes:

* Lake 69
* Lake Churup
* The Rock Forest – Hatan Machay (personal favourite) – also a climber’s choice pick.

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Pucon – climbing an active volcano

11 06 2010



The evacuation sirens blazed around Pucon’s centre, a shuddering pitch that shook me to the core. Instinctively I spun around to face the volcano, its white conical sides dominating the landscape. Smoke billowed from its crater, pushed eastwards by the wind. I was frozen to the spot but I knew I had to run.

View from Volcano Villarrica, Pucon, Chile

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Hikes around Bariloche, Argentina

29 05 2010

Bariloche is the ideal base to explore Patagonia’s Andes mountain range


Overlooking Lake Gutierrez on the return walk from Refugio Frey, Cerro Catherdral

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