Summer 2017 has to be one of my favorite summers to date. I got to see the best of Europe by road tripping through the continent for a month, filled with hikes, camping, splashing in lakes and long late sunsets. It is safe to say that, henceforth the taste, smell or even thought of ham and cheese sandwiches and iced coffee will always bring up images of this dream of a summer. I will also always have Cortina D’Ampezzo, right up there with those epic long summer days.
Is Cortina D’Ampezzo your next summer destination?
It definitely took me awhile to condense, process and now, reflect upon what I now can definitively label – My Most Incredible Experience in 9 Months of Travel
Of course it is also great to finally have an answer to that ever popular question as well. But you also probably don’t or won’t know is that this experience of a lifetime almost never happened, for one reason no other than – thinking I wasn’t good enough
Yes, right from the beginning, to many people, embarking on this journey of solo travel is considered scary, but let me tell you what is the real definition of scary – thinking you’re not good enough, not capable enough, not fit to be.
That is scary.
The Peruvian Andes had never been on my bucket list of things to do – until now. Cordillera Huayhuash is consistently among the 10 Best Hikes in the world and after 9 days in the Andes, I can definitely see why.
Persistently reluctant by part instinct part fear to confront the ghosts of India’s past, taking on this 9 day hike did not even cross my mind for a second. Preparing to hang up my hiking boots after two 3D2N hikes and 2 day hikes, I was pretty happy with the strides I had taken to overcome that torrid love affair with the mountains.
We had made our peace.
If you want to do some hiking in Peru but don’t have that much time, this is the perfect hike for you. Or you could also be like me and not heard of the Santa Cruz hike till you get dragged to Huaraz by your enthusiastic hiking friends, void of the option to back out.
LET’S HIKE SANTA CRUZ THEN SHALL WE?
Prior to arriving in Huaraz, I had heard and read so much about this Laguna 69 day hike, which was supposedly the most beautiful day hike in the region. Naturally, my expectations were high up there in anticipation of what was to come.