Protection from the wind and sand is crucial
About 10km from Santa is a left-hand turn off heading towards the mountains, I thought this might be a short cut. It most definitely isn't. 5km in and I find it is just a mining camp. 5km out back to the Panamericana.
Shortly after Chuquicara the pavement ends and I continue straight onto the dirt road.
A Colombian couple traversing South America on motorcycle stopped to engage in the ancient traveler's handshake.
I camped about 5km or 10km before Huallanca in a tiny little pueblo with 4 or 5 buildings.
Crossing a sinister bridge before Huallanca while making the ascent back into the Sierra Highlands.
40 long, dark tunnels in less than 10km = fun times.
The Plaza de Armas in Caraz
A pretty little square in a pueblo between Caraz and Huaraz.
Bonita Otra Vez
A(nother) pretty little square in a pueblo between Caraz and Huaraz.
The gorgeous valley between the Cordillera Blancas.
It was alright.
Three street dogs temporarily took shelter in the busy Movil bus station in Huaraz.