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Climbing in Peru

Postby Adventurgal » Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:16 am

Happy New Year -

Just checking in to see if anyone has advice/suggestions on fun peaks to climb in Peru? I'm looking for several peaks and something between 19k-21k with moderate difficulty.

I've climbed Cotopaxi & Cayambe in Ecuador, and Illimani and Huyana Potosi in Boliva without difficulty.

Thanks.
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Re: Climbing in Peru

Postby Scott P » Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:01 pm

Peru is a big place. Any particular areas you are visiting?

For example, the Cordillera Blanca is a long way from Ausangate or Arequipa.

If I were to make the choice, Ausangate would be #1 on my list, but I haven't climbed that one yet. Alpamayo is spectacular, but crowded.
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Re: Climbing in Peru

Postby Gabriel » Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:39 pm

I can recommend Huascaran. You fly to Lima and take a bus to Huaraz. The area is really beautiful and accesible.

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Re: Climbing in Peru

Postby mtnmaneric » Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:59 pm

From the town of Huaraz, Artesonraju and Ishinca are both amazing, but not terribly difficult.

Pick up 'Classic Climbs of the Cordillera Blanca' by Brad Johnson - great guidebook.

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Re: Climbing in Peru

Postby Bullwinkle » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:31 pm

Highly recommend the Huaraz area. Plenty of hiking/climbing itineraries for all levels of competence and available time. Plenty of good choices for accommodations, food, and guides. Don't skimp on the bus ride--take the first class bus from Lima.
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Re: Climbing in Peru

Postby mtnmaneric » Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:23 pm

Bullwinkle wrote: Don't skimp on the bus ride--take the first class bus from Lima.


+1000

We skimped on the way there, worst 9 hours of my life.

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Re: Climbing in Peru

Postby bif » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:00 pm

Just as a curisoty. What does a first class 9 hour bus trip cost there days?

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Re: Climbing in Peru

Postby mtnmaneric » Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:56 pm

bif wrote:Just as a curisoty. What does a first class 9 hour bus trip cost there days?


Less than a bar tab on a good night.

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Re: Climbing in Peru

Postby Bullwinkle » Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:56 pm

Por ejemplo (for example):

http://www.go2peru.com/ecs3_ing_b.htm
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Re: Climbing in Peru

Postby brett.t.burch » Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:39 pm

bif wrote:Just as a curisoty. What does a first class 9 hour bus trip cost there days?

This isn't exactly where you're looking, but should give you an idea: http://come2peru.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-come-to-cusco-by-bus.html. I've read (Moon, Lonely Planet, online...) that it's very worth it to pay the price of better bus lines.

As an aside, and hopefully not hijacking the thread, if anybody has some suggestions (what to skip or what to definitely do) for a 7 - 10 day trip in May that I'm planning in Peru, feel free to shoot me a message. There's way too much to do (high peaks, amazon jungle, lima, machu picchu, etc), so any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Climbing in Peru

Postby Scott P » Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:10 am

if anybody has some suggestions (what to skip or what to definitely do) for a 7 - 10 day trip in May that I'm planning in Peru


This isn't the answer you are looing for, but my suggestion is that if you only have 7-10 days, then personally I wouldn't go to Peru. Too much time will be eaten up by travel time and it's much better to spend longer. If 7-10 days is all you have, then I would suggest waiting until more time is available. I would suggest an alternate destination. I know that isn't the answer you are looking for, but I think if you ended up going then you would probably be inclined to agree.
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Re: Climbing in Peru

Postby giarcd » Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:54 am

Scott is 100% correct concerning traveltime. Peru and Bolivia require a bunch of time to get around let alone specific places out side of La Paz or near Lake Titicaca in Bolivia or major areas of Peru(Lima ,Cuesco(sp))---take time and enjoy

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