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Peru has some of the most insanely beautiful views i’ve ever seen. Love that country!


gride9000

Just got back from Machu Picchu yesterday. The Andes man, like pillars a God created. The people here love the land and their heritage; they are a people who are stylish, beautiful and have so much class. The Incas had architectural ability beyond anything of the time. Peruvian cuisine is on par with the French or Japanese. I bet if the Spanish didn't fuck everything up, this would be the financial and cultural center of the world.


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Every meal I had in Peru was amazing (with the exception of guinea pig). We did the Salkantay trek and even up in the mountains they’d make delicious dishes out of nothing.


happypolychaetes

I've never eaten as well in my entire life as I did on the Salkantay Trek. Edit: Our trekking company was Alpaca Expeditions, who I would *highly* recommend. They were amazing every step of the way, but the food was straight up phenomenal.


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We used Mountain Madness and that descent after you hit the Salkantay Pass with the mountains above and rainforest below was insane.


happypolychaetes

That area was gorgeous. We had a storm blow in while we were on the pass, so we didn't have much of a view at the beginning of the decent. Then the fog started clearing and everything opened up and it was just mindblowing.


lewisjameshague

I am going on the Salkantay trek with Alpaca Expeditions in May with my girlfriend, and I can't bloody wait! We plan on doing the trek where this photo was taken too, I'm beyond excited to experience Peru


happypolychaetes

You'll love it! Peru is gorgeous and diverse and there's so much to do, you'll want to stay for months! And the food, omg, the food. If you have any questions feel free to message me! Random tip that no one told me before I went: Break your Peruvian cash (soles) into smaller denominations. Most of the ATMs give you 100 or 200 bills, but little shops, street vendors, etc often don't have enough small change if you're buying something that costs 10 soles. Especially in the less touristy areas. What we ended up doing was taking our 100/200 bills to a bank and having them change it for 10s and 20s. Made our lives soooooo much easier.


lewisjameshague

Honestly so excited, I've been dreaming of Peru and the Andes for years. A lot of overtime at work and our trip is finally becoming a reality. I think I'm mostly looking forward to waking up at the campsite that overlooks Machu Pichu, it looks stunning. We've planned 4 days exploring the Sacred Valley before departing on the Salkantay, followed by a lengthy but hopefully rewarding journey to Huarez, for 2 weeks :) Thanks for the money advice, we plan on taking mostly cash! I will most likely message you asking for further advice 👀


happypolychaetes

> I think I'm mostly looking forward to waking up at the campsite that overlooks Machu Pichu, it looks stunning. Holy shit yes, it is incredible. I can't even describe. I felt like I was in a fairytale. Edit: [Some pics!](https://www.imgur.com/a/Qywmryv) Edit again: [Sorry, even more pics!](https://www.imgur.com/a/HDOMOvR)


lewisjameshague

Good lord that is beautiful!


iTransparenTi

We did thr Salkantay on our own and with the tent and the backpack, the third day from Chauvay to LLacatapa is very hard! But the reward if you arrive before night in front of the Macchu Picchu is crazy :) [https://imgur.com/a/QOHAYHY](https://imgur.com/a/QOHAYHY)


Immortalbanana

I’m going in two weeks! So excited to start packing next week. M


wrx_420

Alpaca expeditions was so awesome. Jonathan wasnt your guide was he?


happypolychaetes

No, our guide was Ivan. Sandro was our chef (MVP!).


wrx_420

The food on that trip was so amazing I still cant believe it. Day two was my mother's birthday and they literally made her a cake with icing and everything on the side of a mountian. They started at 3AM so we could eat it at 6 before our hike. The whole thing was such an amazing experience I will never forget it. Cool to know you know exactly what I'm talking about


happypolychaetes

They made us a cake too on the last day! I was so shocked when he carried it out, lol. Goddamn I'm seriously drooling just remembering the food.


hereforthereads123

I'm shocked how cheap it is. Currently thinking about going


happypolychaetes

Peru was very affordable for traveling, especially if you avoid the big tourist areas/shops/restaurants. We also went in November, which is off-peak but still decent weather, so there was better flight and lodging availability too. We used miles for our flights, so the trek was our biggest expense. I think it was $575pp? But that was for 5D/5N, all meals included, Machu Picchu admission included, transportation from/to Cusco, etc. It was worth every penny.


Jimmy_Fromthepieshop

That's funny because guinea pig was my favourite while I was there!


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I fell in love with alpaca. Both how adorable and soft they were, and how (guiltily) delicious they are.


quantum_spastic

Really? It's a bit of a meme, but it tasted just like chicken to me.


ObamasLoveChild

I always feel a pang of sorrow every time I see one of the massive Inca fortresses. Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Machu Picchu... I just can't imagine what it would be like if the Inca had another 500 years to develop as a civilization. I'm not anti-globalization at all or anything, but goddamn, imagine just how diverse and varied the cultures of today would be if we still had the Inca, the Aztecs, the Mayans, the Native Americans, and other civilizations given centuries and centuries to develop.


gride9000

I kind of just like became friends with my tour guide. Even after all this time he is so conflicted about his Catholic upbringing. Knowing that he is an Incan but a believer in a Christian God is an existential crisis that I would never want to experience. I find all of these facts compounding and yes also like you there is sorrow in my heart.


SofocletoGamer

Peruvian here. Incas were awesome but also some bloody mofos, many subcultures were being madly subjugated by their empire. History is complex, dont be sorry. After all, many of peruvian atractiveness comes from its integration of other cultures (asian / african and european) mainly in food.


ObamasLoveChild

Yeah i mean it’s silly to glorify everything the inca did as if there was nothing wrong with it. I just went to a museum in Salta that had corpses of royal children that were sacrificed by the Inca for various reasons. Absolutely crazy and morbid thing to see and read about


rbyrolg

It’s not being anti globalization, it’s being anti colonialism. Thanks, A Peruvian


ZgylthZ

Colonization is not globalism. Imperialism is not globalism.


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Not to be that guy but it’s **Andes**


gride9000

Thanks!


Oval_Office_Hitler

Welcome back! It's an amazing experience. Did you spend any time in Cusco on the way to Macchu Picchu? I had sashimi from Lake Titicaca fresh water trout, the highest altitude fish in the world. I could live in Cusco, without a doubt.


gride9000

Still in country!


Intranetusa

> The Incas had architectural ability beyond anything of the time. Peruvian cuisine is on par with the French or Japanese. I bet if the Spanish didn't fuck everything up, this would be the financial and cultural center of the world. The Peruvian people have a rich history and culture, but let's not go overboard with the exaggerations here by claiming they would be "the financial and cultural center of the world" if not for the Spanish. First, the Incas had some great architecture, but it wasn't "beyond anything of the time." Marvelous architecture and similar types of grand stone architecture is found all around the world and many predates the Incas by quite some time (the Incas arose around the 1200s AD and were conquered by the Spanish in the 1500s). Second, modern Peruvian cuisine is a fusion of native South American cuisine and European cuisine. Asian and African cuisine and ingredients have also contributed to Peruvian cuisine. Japanese, African, and Chinese immigrants in Peru have created many popular Peruvian cuisines - eg. Chifa. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chifa Rice, wheat, beef, pork, and chicken - staples of modern Peruvian cuisine, didn't even exist until Europeans brought them over from Eurasia. Third, the Spanish fucked a lot of things up, but they were also responsible for the creation of modern day Peruvian culture, government, writing, and ethnicity as we know it. The Incans also didn't have a traditional writing system and basically left no written records other than rope knots as a primitive recording system. Furthermore, a small group of Spanish conquistadors was even able to conquer the significantly larger Inca empire in the first place because of 1) small pox which killed off the majority of the Inca population which destabilized their empire and 2) many other kingdoms and tribes around the region allied with the Spanish because they hated the Incas. If the Incas somehow made contact with Eurasian civilizations peacefully, that small pox would've still gone around and collapsed their civilization. It is highly unlikely that this native culture, if left alone, would have suddenly become the "financial and cultural center of the world" when they didn't have a useful form of writing, gunpowder, complex metallurgy, ocean going ship technology, and thousands of years of interchanged ideas in math and science from older civilizations in Egypt, India, China, Mesopotamia, etc. The Europeans were trying to sail to India and China to establish new trade routes with these wealthy and powerful regions when they accidentally stumbled upon the Americas.


h3nG

How was the weather? Heading there in a few days. Hear it’s supposed to be rainy.


gride9000

Changes every 10 minutes. Could be rain could be fog. It's a dice roll that's why I say go in 2 times afternoon then the next morning


pegcity

Most of their cuisine is French/Spanish inspired to be fair, you would be eating a very different diet if they had not domesticated all that wild produce


sabisari

Except indigenous people who now inhabit Peru have been domesticating produce for thousands of years. The potato predates a lot of old world crops and the pyramids. Those complex terraces weren’t just for decoration. indigenous influence in the European diet is significant. The Hungarians wouldn’t have their paprika, Italian cuisine would be without tomatoes, the Swiss wouldn’t have Chicolate, Northern Europe would never have had potatoes... Peruvian food has a lot of West African and some East Asian influence too, but the main component remains indigenous/spanish. Potatoes, Tomatoes, Chiles, Tubers, and Corn are the indigenous staples, and rice + beef/chicken/pork were brought by the Spaniards


pegcity

I was under the impression that coca was mainly used as a liquor, chilies and tomatoes were not domesticated? The fact is cusine can only develop so far without metallurgy


sabisari

Chiles and tomatoes were absolutely domesticated, there’s a reason Latin America has a lot more varieties of corn/tomatoes/chiles/potatoes than anywhere else in the world. Ají (the South American term for Chile) has roots going back to 8,000 BC. A lot of popular Latin American sauces/condiments like mole, ají picante, salsa verde, etc are just modern versions of ancient sauces. Mole predates the Aztecs.


Packbacka

Mainly corn and potatoes.


ObamasLoveChild

My favorite country in the world. This was my third time visiting it and spent 4 months here before realizing just how much time had actually gone by. I was planning on visiting Patagonia and being in Brazil in time for Carnival this trip as well but alas, Peru sucked me in and I'll save the wild party for another year.


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That water looks gorgeous


ObamasLoveChild

I snapped this on the fourth day of the 8-day [Cordillera Huayhuash Trek](https://thepartyingtraveler.com/2019/11/11/the-complete-guide-to-trekking-perus-cordillera-huayhuash/). This was the second of the two 5,000+ meter mountain passes that we had to conquer that day. My lungs and legs felt like they were going to give out at any second. I don't think I've ever challenged myself as much as I did with this trek, especially on the grueling second half of this day. Those few hours of pain will thankfully leave a reward that will stick with me forever. What a trek. Edit: thank y’all for the love!! I’ve been posting to this community for a while so it’s an honor to have a post do well on here!! I spent a month up in this area and highly recommend it to anyone who loves trekking. Huaraz, Huascaran National Park, and Huayhuash are all stunning parts of the world that seem to be relatively under the radar destinations still. I do have an [Instagram if anyone wants to check it out](https://Instagram.com/thepartyingtraveler), but I’m more of a travel blogger so my content isn’t entirely epic Earth Porn worthy photos!


CookieKeeperN2

I did one slightly less strenuous than yours. We went for 7 days, and the first day it was a climb from 2500m up to 4400m in less than ~~10~~ 15km. From the second day on, it was passes at 4400m+ and 2 passes each day for 3 days straight. The highest pass was at just over 5000m, and the most brutal one was 4900m, but it was literally switchbacks on a vertical mountain so everyone was so nervous of slipping and falling to our deaths. There is hardly anything beating views at that altitude, looking back/forward at pristine blue or green alpine lakes. I can hear the wind and myself breathing while looking at your photo :)


elendil21

2500-4400m in less than 10km 😯. Almost a double vertical kilometer! (Trail running that is 1000m gain in less than 5km). So challenging, and at the altitude you did it at too. Wow


CookieKeeperN2

Maybe it was longer than 10km. Probably close to 15 or so, but I swear the first 5-7 km had little altitude gain. We started out at 9am, and didn't pitch camp until it was 6 and the sun was setting. Before I reached 3500m in altitude I was literally flying and not feeling a thing. And then the hard climb started and it became quite a chore to keep your legs moving. Eventually though, I had by far the best view out of my [tent](https://i.imgur.com/VVo8Kfz.jpg) ever on the 3rd day of our trip. We unzipped our tents at sunrise and just basked in the morning sun, watching the holy peaks for a good 20 minutes while breakfast was simmering. Your log is amazing. There are so many places on Earth that are only available to backpackers I am so happy that I am one.


equivalent_units

10 km is equivalent to the combined length of 33.3 Eiffel Towers --- ^^I'm ^^a ^^bot


lobstahcookah

Interesting bot


PassTheReefer

This has really intrigued me. As a pilot, travel is at my fingertips, and I don’t take advantage of it nearly enough. Is there a way to find beginner hikes like this? I could easily shoot off to South America for 4-8 days. I don’t think this should be my first trek, but curious as where to find more information on hiking, beginner multi day hikes, traveling with equipment. I once did an 8mile hike in the Grand Tetons on a layover, and was amazed the entire time. One of the best things I ever did. Would love to do a multi day hike in some more exotic places. Awesome pictures by the way!


Miki1962

Please be careful. When hiking at high altitudes you have to let yourself adjust to the elevation and thin air for several days before you set out on treks. In the Huaraz area there are several one day trips you can start with after you have adjusted, like the Laguna 69 which is awesome but quite hard or the much easier Pastoruri Glacier.


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Alexthemessiah

Experience doesn't really matter if you don't give yourself time to acclimatise. Pilots still get altitude sickness when trekking unless they spend a lot of time in unpressurized planes.


ObamasLoveChild

The Grand Tetons are gorgeous! Huaraz is a bit remote, and Huayhuash even more so. I spent 3 weeks preparing, hiking, and acclimatizing before taking on this trek so I wouldn't recommend it as something to do on a whim. You'd likely have to fly to Lima and take a 10-hour bus to Huaraz, spend a minimum of 2 days to acclimatize, and then maybe consider taking on one of the more moderate treks like the 3/4-day Santa Cruz. There are plenty of day treks in this area, and some are doable without much acclimatization. Laguna Paron and Laguna Churup are good starter ones, and then Laguna 69 once you've got a few practice ones under your belt.


hopticalallusions

While in Peru years ago, I took a bus from Lima to Huaraz, and then booked a tour to see Pastoruri in addition to some local towns, a naturally carbonated spring and some unique high altitude plant life. The tours were a mixture of hiking and riding in a tour bus, and I stayed in a cheap hotel room in Huaraz. According to what I remember the highest point we achieved was 5400 meters. The views were comparably beautiful. There is also a multi-day hike from Cusco to Machu Pichu that is probably in the 2,000 - 3,000 m altitude range that I would love to do some day. I think I found the tour in Huaraz in Lonely Planet. At the time, I was regularly running 5-10k, and I was 18 years younger so I was in pretty good cardiovascular shape. Cardio still helps, but steep terrain is still a workout now even at 2200 m (usually while visiting family on the outskirts of CDMX). Views with a somewhat similar feel can be found in the USA, in particular the Yosemite Park's Tioga Pass, and the Southern edge of Montana leading into Yellowstone National Park. I'm sure there are others, but those two are areas I have personally visited.


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ObamasLoveChild

Well, I wouldn't say I'm in great physical shape but I definitely prepared for it as much as I can. I was doing tons and tons treks, spent forever acclimatizing, and was always one of the last 2 or 3 people to finish each day. I did get a bit unlucky ending up with a super athletic group, including 5 Israelis fresh out of the army who basically wanted to make it a competition. However, you do have plenty of daylight to finish each day. We'd finish most days by noon or 1 PM, so even if you are a bit slower, you still have 4+ hours of comfortable daylight to make up ground.


enilkcals

> I did get a bit unlucky ending up with a super athletic group, including 5 Israelis fresh out of the army who basically wanted to make it a competition. LOL on the penultimate day of our trek we met a pair of Israeli's who were bragging about how fast they'd got round the circuit. They set off before us the next morning...we overtook them quite easily! Its a waste of time rushing through such beautiful scenery though, stopping and taking time to appreciate where you are and whats around you is well worth it. We spent two nights at the penultimate stop on the trail for that very reason. [My pics from 5 weeks in Peru](https://flickr.com/photos/slackline/8006147198/in/album-72157631031882006/). I'd love to go back for an extended period, maybe in 10 years after family commitments are done.


AngolaMaldives

It's doesn't have to be that hard a hike. The donkeys carry all the gear and the elevation means that it's not safe to plan to hike very far each day. Like, this was my group posing at the same pass: [https://imgur.com/a/WJVVA1h](https://imgur.com/a/WJVVA1h) . There was a woman and a man both in their 70s and a guy who didn't seem to be in very good shape (no offense, he was a nice cool guy). They all managed because the guides keep the pace \*painfully\* slow (if you aren't stopping to take a billion photos like I was). I did it as a 16 day trek which is probably the only way that makes sense if you're flying in to do it directly rather than acclimatizing elsewhere. Except for this pass the best days on the trek are all when you stay at the same campsite for a day and then go up one of the valleys rather than continuing along the circuit, so I'd definitely recommend the longer version.


Defrag25

Even if you are in good shape that trek is going to wreck you. At those altitudes the body needs a proper adjustment.


graye1999

You’re telling me! I have family in Cusco and I got winded just walking from one side of their apartment to the other. I’m not the most fit person but I’m definitely not out of shape.


ImissBobVila

Awesome picture. The challenge and pain look to be well worth it, and now you have something to fall back on when life presents a challenge.


ObamasLoveChild

haha the motto between my group of three friends for the next few months was “if we could do Huayhuash, we can do anything.”


bleeperMobile

My fiancé and I say that our Peru trip was the best worst experience we’ve ever had and would totally do it again. I don’t think we’ve ever been that exhausted after our 6 day trek.


loki444

Whoah! Truly spectacular! Thank you very much for sharing your story about such an amazing adventure!


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Which provincia?


ObamasLoveChild

Ancash!


HiImMike-

It's near Huaraz, you can book a trip there!


[deleted]

Oh that's so cool my uncle is from there.


TabascoLicker

Did you get a chance to hit the Starbucks at Machu Pichu? The line is usually packed with tourists, but the Carmel machiato is worth it.


Embryonico

I flipped through your guide but I didn't find anything on the best season to do this trek, or other treks. What do you think the best season for doing these treks, weatherwise?


ObamasLoveChild

May to September is the dry season! October and April are fringe months and everything in between is considered rainy season. Strangely enough, it’s actually significantly colder during dry season. I went in October and had one day of rain and beautiful weather the rest of the way!


Embryonico

Makes sense. I was down there few years ago starting in Patagonia in October with pretty good weather. By the time I got to Peru it was January and the weather was not great. Thanks!


WayneKrane

Geez, I thought I was going to die going up a 9,000 high mountain. I started at 7,000...


rainforestguru

How much did it cost?


Kwebber0

It'll run you between 750 to 1000 based on length of trek. It's about 80 dollars a day. Keep in mind that doesn't cover transportation or personal expenses while not on the trek. I was in Peru for 18 days, and spent about 3k on the trip as a whole. A good thing is that Peru doesn't require a Visa for entry of US citizens, so entry is relatively easy.


ObamasLoveChild

I paid $240 U.S. plus an additional $70 in "entrance fees" paid to the small villages you pass along the way. By small villages I mean like the occasional house with 50 sheep outside of it. The $240 included all meals, equipment rentals, and porters and donkeys to carry everything aside from our day packs. It was an unreal value. We did get a better deal booking as 5 people but at most, you can expect to pay $400 in total.


Lost_in_geekdom

Damn...


Sure10

Damn, Perk doesn’t surprise anyone.


Redliner911

I visited Laguna 69 outside Huaraz about 10 years ago and it is the only time I have ever been so overwhelmed by natural beauty that I shed a tear. The remoteness of it all probably had something to do with it as well. It was just me and a couple of cows on the entire trail.


ObamasLoveChild

I shed a couple of tears at Laguna 69 as well. That final stretch was brutal. I had only been in Huaraz for maybe 3 days and the altitude absolutely destroyed me. Such a beautiful place, though.


IShootWithThisHand

Beautiful picture, but for some reason it's making me feel uneasy. I think it's the lack of civilization and so treacherous and remote just scares me that there is no one around if something goes wrong.


ObamasLoveChild

Absolutely. Our guide before the trek stressed that there was really no turning back. We had to drive 6 hours from the closest decently-sized town just to get to the trailhead. And every day along the trek was another day and another 20 kilometers further away from civilization. This was on day 4 of the 8 day trek, which would probably have been the furthest away from civilization that we would have been on the entire trek. Crazy to think about.


ENGR_ED

So was this just grueling hiking with some light bouldering possibly or did you actually have to do some rock climbing because this sounds amazing to do but I'm not a rock climber.


dacv393

There is likely no bouldering, it's just hiking. OP did not have to even carry a backpack I believe. If a donkey can climb over whatever rocks there are on the trail, then I'd consider it not bouldering


HiImMike-

Not everybody takes a guide and not every guide takes a donkey.


pkaro

For 8 days? That's a lot of food to carry, especially over those passes at those altitudes. OP doesn't sound like someone who does this stuff regularly so odds are he's not carrying all his stuff himself


ObiDumKenobi

OP in his link explicitly says he went with a guide and group. But yes there are people who do it unsupported. I went solo last year and met several other solo backpackers along the trail. Definitely a lot less common though and the locals you'll pass will ask why you're doing it without a donkey


2carbonchainz

I’m currently planning this trek. Have any suggestions for doing it without a guide? I’m mostly concerned with how to keep enough food


ObiDumKenobi

What do you mean by keep enough food? In terms of carrying it? Just cram it in your pack. Fortunately don't need to worry about bear canisters or anything. I just shopped for whatever in Huaraz cause I'm not super picky about my backcountry meals, but I met one guy who had brought dehydrated meals from the US. Mostly ate ramen, trail mix type stuff, random cereal/energy bars, some couscous E: also in terms of planning it yourself, speaking Spanish is extremely helpful. Also carry more cash than you think you will need to pay the little tolls that each community along the way is charging. Give yourself a few days in Huaraz to acclimate, and you can also spend a night in Chiquian as well which is maybe 1000ft/300m higher elevation than Huaraz. I went at the end of April and got rained on a few afternoon/nights but nothing horrendous. Also the trail is very rutted out and muddy in places due to the amount of donkey traffic so just mind your footing in places


ObamasLoveChild

Nope! No bouldering or rock climbing. Very straightforward trail to be honest, with only a few stretches that I remember being particularly tricky terrain-wise. The high altitudes and exposure to the brutalities of Pachamama are what make it difficult.


citrusandpine

Maybe that’s what brings the beauty, for some


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for me it's how insanely steep those mountains are. Like from where that lake/pond is on the right it's just straight up basically. wild.


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I get *super* uncomfortable thinking about situations where even if you have someone around, the time it would take to get help and bring it back is a near death sentence.


jpritchard

It makes me uneasy because it looks like the kind of place one would eat football player.


Orngog

Or perhaps it's the one black mountain.


mapoftasmania

Beautiful, but from the topography it looks like the glacier used to be much bigger. You can see the remnant high up the valley. I know it’s summer and they recede seasonally, but did the guide mention whether virtually no glacier in summer is normal?


ObamasLoveChild

Climate change has unfortunately really impacted this part of the world. Over in Huascaran National Park, the glacier count has dropped from 722 to something like 300 over the last few decades. I’m not sure about this mountain range because it is really remote and I don’t think the scientific or research community has had much of a presence here to track these sort of changes


spamisnotham

That's just stunning.


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Wow, had no idea Peru even had something like this in it. Bookmarked and already messaged my trek crew about it, this looks incredible


Empanada_Dreams

You didn't know the Andes existed?


Nathanman21

>has trek crew >Doesn't know about the Andes mountain range >*Wut*


SeekingConversations

They typically only hike the stars, where no man has gone before


Aleblanco1987

The Andes are literally the longest continental mountain range. From the south of Argentina and Chile to the north of Colombia and Venezuela


Chas_Tenenbaums_Sock

Amazing!


_johnfromtheblock_

Hard to believe that our earth plays host to a place as beautiful as this


fenix-the-cat

The wind, man.


Aizaz_Ahmad

A wonderful click of wonderful scenery!! Nature ❤❤ I wish i could visit..!


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Yes it is wonderful Subhan-Allah!


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That’s over 15,000 feet. I presume you had tanks...


ObamasLoveChild

Yes, our guides brought them but thankfully none of us had to use them!


IncursivePsychonaut

Really not needed, if you give yourself some time to adjust to the altitude.


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You must have excellent lung capacity Great picture!


Buki1

Right? It would be a lot easier in M1A2 Abrams


aryeh95

This looks like the view from San Antonio Pass. Its was one of my favorite views on trek. I went there for [sunset](https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk_qp9uHHbz/).


ObamasLoveChild

Jesús. I wish I had waited until sunset to go but the rest of the group wanted to knock it out before lunch so we could chill all day. Looks absolutely unreal. I’m hoping to do the trek again on my own so I can revisit some of those mountain passes and miradors on my own time


aryeh95

I went with a private guide, and he said he'd never been there for sunset and now he knows that its worth it and he was gonna suggest it for future groups. Also, Jesus was my guide's name!


ObamasLoveChild

We had two guides and one of them just didn't even come up the San Antonio Pass with us because he said he still struggles with it. That's when I knew shit was going to be real.


graye1999

Did you see any flamingos?! I’ve been up in the Andes and it’s so cool to see wild flamingos! Here’s a pic (they’d fly away if we got too close so the quality isn’t great): https://imgur.com/a/EjsZ5eu Edit: these flamingos were near Cusco at a much lower altitude so you may not have seen any. Here’s a couple more pics. https://imgur.com/a/gAIHiYu


orchidz

I did the same hike ! It was crazy beautiful and very hard until I got more acclimated. It was worth every breath! Our guide was awesome and the donkeys too!


omhs72

Stunning! Which part of Peru? It’s just magical to see such beautiful images and be reminded of the beauties of our planet. Thank you for sharing a piece of your journey. 🤠 🙏🏼


happypolychaetes

It's in the Cordillera Blanca area of the Andes, I think. Or near it?


ObamasLoveChild

Cordillera Huayhuash! About 6 hours from the Cordillera Blanca


hw82179wheidb

Absolutely beautiful!!!! Such an epic photo


bdunn

This looks like it could be a painting. It’s not often you see something like this in real life. Wonderful shot.


sarcdoo

WOW


IncursivePsychonaut

I've been there a few years ago, in fact I have a [picture of that view](https://imgur.com/CPBycGE) which I took back then hanging in my kitchen. It is indeed incredibly beautiful and has been one of the most impressive locations I've seen. Funnily enough the ascend to this pass was really easy for me and I speeded up, because I left my backpack back down in the valley and without that weight on my back, I felt like flying. I did the trek with a friend and we didn't take a guided tour, so we had to carry everything ourself. Was absolutely worth it tho!


muddyshoe

Wow, that looks spectacular 😍


starlingsleep

The highest mountain I’ve ever climbed was Evans and I thought *that* view was beautiful. I can’t imaging how small I would feel if I were standing in this place. I’m glad you were able to share this picture because thanks to you I got to see this view as well. Best wishes for more safe, satisfying, and incredibly beautiful hikes in your future.


HumungousChungus_

That lake tho


NotAnAlligator

Cool Blue, the only Gatorade sourced from mother earth!


AheadByACenturion

Is that Laguna 69 on the left?


Kwebber0

This trek was amazing! I did it summer 2018, over 12 days. It's was definitely beautiful. I think this valley was my favorite by far. I have some pictures of the valley and mountain from different angles too. I assume we passed at different points on the ridge. If anyone is interested, there is a book and film about two mountaineers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, who submitted Suila Grande, apart of the drastic peaks pictured. I think the closest village to this would be Llamac, of maybe 200-500 people. It's crazy how remote and beautiful everything is down there.


mychul

Is that La Laguna de Gatorade??


noradosmith

In that pool you can heal damage although look out for Fire Chuchus


TheCowLord1

I’m always amazed when I see pictures like this because I know it can’t compare to seeing it in person.


Aleblanco1987

Breathtaking


jddjejrkgl

What kind of camera/lens did you use?


ObamasLoveChild

Nikon D5600 18-55mm lens!


HowlsMovingClubfoot

Incredible 😍


Imaniwaya

Random story: today I was really missing my fiancé who overdosed a few years ago but he always told me we should go somewhere like Peru when we were older I never saw a picture until today- it’s heaven I will be here one day!!!! Thanks for posting this Made my day


M4570d0n

Is this where that Uruguay soccer team's plane crashed and they ate people to survive?


InquisitaB

Am I the only one feeling the urge to just jump?


BWWFC

beautiful... looks like a paining. where they only used the "knife" ^((sorry if there is a technical name for that))


ikindalold

> 5,000 meters up How many freedom units is that?


Seisouhen

> 5,000 meters 16,404 feet


ikindalold

*Smiles in American*


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“My Jeep could climb that...”


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I would call this photo Godview because that's what I feel like it is - the view of the creator, or whatever belief system you have. This is purely stunning.


Scottmo51

Wow, gorgeous 👍🏻👍🏻


MoMoNosquito

Sweet capture! I am a sucker mountains. I have a new entry to my bucket list.


Dayman__Nightman

Looks like a bob ross painting


BobRossGod

"Everybody needs a friend." - Bob Ross


info-revival

The colours...the lighting... the textures. Gorgeous! 🤤


crudkin

That is rugged as heck. Gorgeous!


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Wow So beautiful! SUBHAN-ALLAH


dedlox_

So beautiful/breathtaking!


jakethedumbmistake

??? What the fuck....... in one day...


LocoCoyote

That is mind boggling stunning.


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That's gorgeous


Pineapple123789

So rough and so lonely yet so beautiful. And intimidating picture full of beauty


Gilthu

Looks like some nice, generic high quality fantasy book cover art, but then you realize the mountain the dragon should be perched on is REAL and holy crap nature is awesome.


HiSuSure

Anyone ever find it hard to be scared of


-Listening

OC? More like jam


that-super-tech

Wow so gorgeous


droddt

Or 5km?


underthund3r

Imagine the magnitude of the earthquakes in there. those mountains are sheer up for a reason.


skeeter04

At 5000 meters I would be too sick to appreciate the beautiful view.


HiSuExorcist

I- You know what, I've been impaled


ClamPuddingCake

Wow! I went up 5400m in Huaraz but the view wasn't nearly as nice as this! Lucky you!


IncursivePsychonaut

Huayhuash is just incredibly beautiful.


Bronzeraptor

Out of curiousity, were you near Chavin de Huantar? That pond seems familiar to me.


MEANINGLESS_NUMBERS

If you like inhabitable desolation, boy do I have a future for you!


lotusblossom60

See any people from “Alive” up that way?


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Can you swim in that water?


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Really? Only 7.6k up-votes? This post deserves at least an extra zero for this photo. Absolutely beautiful!


buzzcaray

The things I would do to get a view like this 😯🤯


BillyBolivia

Holy Shit! That's amazing!


dunkinghola

This is absolutely stunning!


Ascendere

Thanks for the new wallpaper!


jmaclachlan88

I feel like this is the ore tile from Settlers of Catan.


hamilton280P

Nice you visited worlds edge IRL


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Whoa!


chesapeake36

See any rugby players up there?


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ANDESSSSSS!!!


Funk-E-Buttlovin

Going to Peru in April! Won’t be hiking like that but can’t wait for some views! Incredible snap!


caterpillardentures

Santa Cruz trek?


BigLittleRed11

Gorgeous.


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I truly love the Andes.


Imaginary_Relative

I am a geologist and find this extremely arousing. Please use the NSFW tage next time, please