Back home in the States, the end of September was always the saddest part of the year to me… as the summer fades into fall, the days get shorter, and the temperatures cooler.
Here in Peru however, it’s one of my favorite times of the year… the cold, cloudy winter in Lima is turning into the warmer, sunny spring! Brightly colored clothing can be seen in store fronts, and the tourist business is somewhat winding down from the previous months. My work has slowed down a tad, which has been a nice break. Oh am I thankful for the spring- a reminder of new life on the horizon and the promise of warmer temperatures!
This winter was yuck in Lima, so I was glad to escape to the high country for a few weeks last month with my husband and be tourists. Being up there always opens my mind and heart and it’s so refreshing. We spent days hiking in Huascarán National Park, and the frigid air of the snowy peaks felt much more like winter than the mild temperatures that Lima suffers.
I still make fun of the “Limeños” as we call people from Lima… they think a cloudy day with a high of 55 degrees Fahrenheit is cold! Now that I live there nine months out of the year though, I am starting to feel “Limeña” myself… and the legit winter weather in Huascarán had me in for a rude awakening! Especially the one day that I made the mistake of only wearing one pair of wool socks with my hiking boots and I stupidly slipped on the snow and somehow got snow into my shoes… I was chilled down to my toes and the fire that night felt oh so good. I am not cut out for super cold weather, but I actually enjoyed a few weeks of it last month.
One of the things I love about the country of Peru is that there is so much to explore and see and it’s all fairly easy to access. Sure, you sometimes need a truck with heavy duty 4-wheeling power, or you might have to endure a 12 hour bus ride, or take a packed combi a few hours outside of town, or various other little things that might seem like problems, but there is so much to do and see that it’s worth it in the end!
My husband and I just love to take a bus out of Lima on weekends, and go to Huacachina to sand surf, or escape to the relaxing beaches of Trujillo. Two very different landscapes just hours out of the city. And Huascarán is only about 9 hours away, so it’s all very convenient to where we live.
I would provide you with lots of travel tips and pictures for an extended backpacking trip in Huascarán, but that’s another post entirely! I have all sorts of tips for extreme cold weather wear, what to pack in your bag, and what’s best to eat while backpacking in the region where potatoes and rice are a staple. And of course the pictures are all breathtaking and amazing – the mountains are gorgeous!
Have you ever taken a few weeks to go backpacking? Get out and explore, wherever you live!
This post was a one-day-belated response to the Daily Post: Ebb and Flow in which bloggers wrote a post as if from 3 years in the future. Of course I hope to be living in Peru at that point teaching English or serving the people there however I can, and I would like to be married by then as well! Blogging is something I do for fun, so hopefully I will keep it up in some form or fashion- whether it turns into a lifestyle blog, random stories from life abroad, or something else entirely, I want to continue blogging. I hope to explore the country of Peru more in the future, and I’ve heard such amazing things about hiking and backpacking in Huascarán, so I hope to go someday and experience it for myself.
Where do you hope to be in 3 years from now… how will your life change?