Trekking in Peru
By Daniel R. Puryear on Aug. 15, 2019
Jacob Korona (Left) sitting and talking to other Peru Trek participants
Jacob Korona, an Outdoor Adventure Program employee and student, went on the 2017 Peru Trek.
"Traveling to Peru was absolutely eye opening for me. From the bustling capital of Lima to the high and isolated mountain towns of Vaquiera and Cashapampa the way of life changes from the highly urban and touristy areas to the most rural sprawl you could ever imagine," Korona said.
The Outdoor Adventure Program (O.A.P.) is hosting another trip to Peru, Trekking in Peru, on May 12 - 19, 2019. The trip is designed to teach participants how to organize their own international trip from food to lodging to travel.
"Enduring long distance and tightly packed public transportation, not knowing exactly where you'll be sleeping at night, acclimating to drastic elevation changes, pushing your physical limits and overcoming language barriers are all worth the experiences I had on this expedition. Surfing in the capital, exploring ruins and cathedral catacombs, crawling around the bustling community markets for fresh fruits, vegetables, and alpaca goods, seeing the southern cross constellation in the night sky, and pitching a tent at the base-camp of Alpamayo; aptly named the most beautiful mountain in the world," Korona said.
The Peruvian geography is a sight to behold and is one of the main reasons our O.A.P. keeps going to the beautiful trip location.
"The beginning of the trail beckons you in with two massive walls of rock following a pristine wild creek lined with loads of lupine flowers. The low lying vegetation allows one to see the mountains they will be hiking towards in the coming days. The snowy range creates a chain that seems to isolate you from the rest of the world. The Cordillera Blanca leads you 31 miles past two crystal blue lakes, numerous waterfalls and glaciers, and surrounds you with snowy peaks all the way up to Punta Union, the highest point on the trail which lies above 15,000 feet, where you can turn around and see all the land that had moved under you three days prior," Korona explained.
Korona's experience is more than enough to make someone go explore. The next trip has interest meetings happening on April 10, 2019 and April 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Outing Rental Center.
"The feeling this trail evokes from you is comparable to nothing else. I would drop anything and travel from the farthest extent this world would allow just to stand at the top of that snowy mountain pass again."