Dealing with Soroche aka The Worst Feeling Ever

This past Tuesday I thought I could outwit and outlast the dreaded altitude sickness or soroche, as it is known to the people of the Andes, for a lucky third time in a row when myself along with two new Karikuy volunteers climbed to Marcahuasi at a whopping 13,000ft. However in Tuesday’s struggle of me vs. nature, nature in all her glory got the best of me and won the battle. [Continue reading…]

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Huaraz and the Andes

Huaraz and the surrounding area is full of rich culture and the sad past of a massive and destructive avalache causing earthquake which destroyed the town of Ancash. The second day trip taken while staying at the Monte Blanco Hotel, 80 soles a night for a double, was to see the Pastoruri Glacier which has an altitude of 15 thousand feet. Although the deteriorating glacier is the pièce de résistance, my interest lied in the ride filled with the view of the Andes approaching and interesting plants with stories and medicinal uses. [Continue reading…]

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