Our last full day in Huaraz, we decided to visit the weekly mercado in the heart of the city. We had our empleada with us, who is from Huaraz, so it was great to have her guidance as we made our way through the crowded streets of vendors. On the way there we saw a couple trying to guide their pig along the street to the market. Never seen that before! (more…)
Our third day in Huaraz, Olivia ran a fever during the night, so I didn’t think we would make it out to the lake like we had planned. However, she slept in late and when she woke her fever was gone, so we decided to get out despite the late start. It was going to be a pretty low-key day anyways – mostly driving.
The lakes we were headed to were high up in the mountains, Lagunas Llanganuco.
The week before Christmas, we loaded up our car and left for the mountains of Huaraz. John drove our SUV so it was really nice to not have to worry about getting taxis, buses, motos, and tour groups. Our empleada came along, since her family lives in Huaraz. It worked out great that she would help us out with the kids for a few days and then go on to see her family for Christmas. The drive was long – about 7 hours including the traffic out of Lima (which always takes an hour or two). Over half the drive was along the coast which was very deserty, but once we turned off the highway towards the mountains the drive became really beautiful. We passed a lot of corn fields, growing the local choclo corn (huge white corn), as well as a lot of watermelon (sandia) farms growing in the valleys along the river. Every building along the road in the valley had hundreds of watermelons stacked up for sale. It was absolutely breathtaking to see the snowy-capped Cordillera Blancas as the sun set on our drive through the mountains.