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Address: Jr. Sucre 1266, Caraz.
Telephone: (51 43) 391642
Web Site: www.ponyexpeditions.com
Pony's Expeditions is located in the town of Caraz, about 67 km north of Huaraz. At an altitude almost 1,000m lower than Huaraz, this pleasant, less touristy town enjoys a lush warm atmosphere and is known by the locals as 'sweet Caraz'.
Run by outdoor enthusiast Alberto Cafferata, Pony's Expeditions specializes in customized adventure sports such as trekking, mountain biking, rock and ice climbing and fishing in the Cordilleras Blanca, Negra and Huayhuash and Cusco area.
Alberto speaks good English and reasonable French and is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful if you require information when planning a trip to the area.
The range of services provided by Pony's Expeditions is extensive. A brief summary of some of the most popular adventure activities are given below:-
The classic loop Santa Cruz to Vaqueria or Llanganuco can be made in 4 or 5 days respectively in a 'pooled' service (multinational groups from 2 to 16 persons) as well as private and customized programs.
Day tours to Chavin and Pastoruri Glacier cost about US$15 per person with transport being in a smaller more comfortable 8 person tour van.
Other tours include trips to Paron lake US$9, Cañon del Pato US$6.5, Puyas Raimondii at Winchus in the Cordillera Negra US$9. This area is far easier, closer, cheaper and more scenic than going to the Sector Carpa on the way to Pastoruri.
Alberto can provide information about all the routes available once in Caraz. Prices depend on where you go and how many there are in a group but prices start from $5 for 1 hour to $25 a full day.
Some of the highlights are:-
1. Portachuelo Llanganuco to Yungay, This amazing 'Downhill' drives you down from 4750
mts to 2500 mts (the bottom of the valley) along 35 km of dirty road.
Transportation 'uphill' is made in vans, of course!
2. Paron Lake. Another downhill from 4200 to 2300 mts along 32 km.
3. Puyas Raimondii at Winchus, Links the top of the Cordillera Negra to Caraz, descending from 4200 to 2300 mts. Once at the top you see the Pacific Ocean to the West, twist over your heel to the East and 120 kms of Cordillera Blanca are seen.
4. Cañón del Pato. Ride through the 35 tunnels down to Huallanca. Lunch and back to Caraz by van. 35 kmts.
5. Cross Country. Riding from Pueblo Libre to Caraz across rivers, forest, desert-like paths, cactus on an easy dirty road with almost no climb. 9 kms
Pony's Expeditions have bikes fully equipped with CatEye Navigators, Airware helmet, Body Geometry gloves and altimeter. You may choose from the Specialized Rockhopper, Stumpjumper or Ground Control series and Jamis Dakar and Dakar Pro series bikes.
Full day tours for rock climbing ranging from easy to moderate rating cost from $20 per person and includes:-
Full climbing gear, Climbing Guide and assistant depending on the route, Ground transportation to the spot (available for Caraz and Yungay)
This sport is a little bit more serious and cost varies considerably depending on what you need and which mount you want to climb. Pony's Expeditions has experience organizing climbs for the Club Alpin Belge from Belgium, the Explore TEN from the USA, RSB from Holland and DAKS from Germany. Write to Alberto for a quote to outfit a climb. The snow peaks worked on by Pony's Expeditions are Pisco, Ishinca massif, Huascaran, Alpamayo, Chopicalqui and Artesonraju.
Camping gear for hire: 1 and 2-people tents, group tents, toilet tents, sleeping bags, cookware, stoves (Coleman,
MSR; Camping Gaz, Primus), MSR fuel bottles, crampons, ice-axes, ropes, harnesses, Petzl headlamps, carbines, stakes, climb helmets, foam mats, duffel bags, containers, chairs, tables, rain wear, backpacks, water bottles, backpack rain covers, fuel canisters, etc.
Camping Supplies for Sale
Camping supplies for sale: Fuels (White Gas, Propane/Butane cartridges C206,
CV270, UN2037), batteries, maps, charts, dried food
Ground transportation, Café-Internet, Fax, book exchange, Restaurant (Vegetarian food, early morning breakfast, Pastas & Pizzas), Mountain Guides, Trekking Guides, Porters, Mule handlers, donkeys, lockers, laundry.
Air tickets for Cusco area (US$3.50 handling cost per ticket to buy & reserve)
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