Huascarán National Park, Peru (map)
Not ever hearing of Huascaran National Park before starting our trip we made our way into the mountain town of Huaraz,Peru and soon discovered that this area of the world is considered a hikers paradise. Containing what National Geographic rates as the 2nd best trek in the world, the Huayhuash Circuit Trek.
Seeing that we didn’t plan on staying the 10+ days needed to tackle the Huayhuash Trek (we have to save something for the future 🙂 ) we decided on a more tame but considered the most beautiful one day trek in the national park, the Laguna 69 Trek (our GPS map).
There was one snag we didn’t plan on though, the Laguna 69 trek rose to an elevation of 15,100 feet; almost 600 feet higher than we have ever hiked before on our Mount Whitney hike, which the altitude about killed Matt and me (EmilySue of course did fine on it). Though as it turned out we should have been more worried about the 6 hour round trip off road car ride as it was more brutal than the actual 3 hour hike itself.