We flew to Lima via Toronto (very counter intuitive, right?)– arrived in Lima at 1AM. We were considering a few ways to get to Huaraz– bus for 8 hours to Huaraz, for which we have to haul our bike boxes to the bus station 40 mins from the airport, or 1.5 hour flight from the same airport at 5:30AM in the morning. The flight was with a very small airline and the chance of getting our bike boxes and our 80kg of luggage accepted was 50-50. The luggage allowance was 15kg per person an we were WAYYY over. This airline flies to Huaraz only 3 times a week.
Alas, we managed to make it on the flight!
We could see the peaks of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range from the plane- super pretty.
Arrived in Huaraz in a 30-people plane. I was surprised the bike boxes fit. Huaraz looks amazing from the top- very hilly with lots of rivers and streams criss-crossing everywhere. It was also very green and lush- full of life. Huaraz is also pretty high in altitude- 10,000′ or 3,060m. We absolutely felt it when we were walking up the hill to our hostel or climbing the stairs to the 4th floor.
We met several really cool people here. Randomly at a bar, we met with a bicyclists who is making his way North to Alaska. We talked about altitude sickness and everybody said that coca leaves will help.
We assembled our bikes in the afternoon at the lobby of the hotel.
Today, we are planning on hiking up to a glacier at 5,300m elevation– those coca leaves better work at higher elevations.