Hiking trip to the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru.   The Cordillera Blanca is the most extensive tropical ice-covered mountain range in the world.

Flew into Lima and then ground transport north to the city of Huaraz, which is a main destination for hiking in the region.  The city is at an elevation of approximately 3050m.

Dealing with elevation and giving yourself time to acclimatize is a big issue during the trip since you are never below 10000ft and during the trip I hiked at altitudes close to 17000ft.

Also what I remembered from my time hiking in Machu Picchu still was true, the Peruvian sun is harsh, very easy to get sun burn hiking that close to equator at high altitude.  It is also very easy to get dehydrated.

Hiked most of the time with a group of New Zealanders out on an extended trip, very good group of folks.

Anyway in summary, the area is spectacular, the people are friendly and helpful, had very good weather for the most part, and looking forward to going back at a future date as there is much, much more to explore.

You can find some photos from the trek here.