After Cuenca I took a series of buses to cross into Peru, first stopping for a day in Trujillo (Huanchaco) and then continuing to Huaraz. On one of them I met Andre from Quebec, a fellow lone traveler who happens to be very similar to myself and he has more or less the same plans for Peru. So we have traveled together the past week and a half and will probably keep going for a while.After a couple of days in Huaraz we set out for a 4-day hike in Cordillera Blanca known as the Santa Cruz trek. I had originally planned to also do this one independently, but since I had company and organized hikes are pretty cheap in Huaraz ($110 for 4 days) I treated myself with the luxury of having donkeys carry my luggage this time... We were joined by 5 other people - all single travelers from different places in Europe - and had a great time.The mountains in the Huaraz area really are quite remarkable. The guidebook was not joking when it said it was a mecca for hiking and climbing. I could definitely see myself come back here one day (maybe to do the 10-day Huayhuash trek).The full album is here. If you do check it out, note that most of the really good shots are at the end, including a couple of a bull fight that went on right next to our tents one morning.