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November 1st, 2007 – by: RainyDayToast
There were 3 other girls on the tour, all French and really nice. It always makes a tour like this far more interesting when you have people that are really easy to get on with and fun! Our original tour guide had to leave as he had an emergency and we were introduced to our new (and much younger) tour guide Evan.
The first day was mostly downhill and was at times windy, meaning lots of dust! We walked for about 4 hours, which Evan said was quick as others do it in 5 hours. Our accommodation for the night was at a nice lodge, filled with flowers. The rooms themselves were rustic and this added to the atmosphere for the place. They also had hot pools, so Nathan and I clambered down to them, sore feet and legs.
We woke about 5am as we were suppose to be leaving at 6am. We ended up leaving about 7am as breakfast wasn´t ready. We had to do some uphill walking today which made it hard on the legs! We passed a small village and cemetery before the sun really kicked in. It was so hot, and it was nice to finally arrive at the ´Oasis´ which was our accommodation for the night. It was similar to the night before, but more basic and they had a swimming pool. We had a wee sleep for a bit before having a swim and doing some much needed sunbathing!! Lunch and dinner were average again, the Peruvians love their rice and fried chips! They eat them with every meal I swear! Met some great people again, two germans and a canadian couple - great company.
We were up at 2.30am this morning. It was hell! It was pitch black and we had to set off with torches at 3am so we would make it by 6am to the top where we would have breakfast. We had to leave early due to the heat and wind. It was quite hard, harder than I had imagined. Nathan found it easier than he had thought. I was starving, and was getting a bit clumsy at times and I think the altitude got to me a little also. It was all uphill walking, although the track was good. Once at the top though it was beautiful. It had been nice to watch the sun rise (it rose about 5am).
We had breakfast and then got on a bus to Cruz del Condor. It was full of artisans and I bought some necklaces.
The tour was OK, we saw some amazing scenery and met some lovely people. Our guide was probably a bit too young, he left us at times and we were walking on our own and at times we didn´t know what we were suppose to be doing! Nevermind though we both enjoyed it and are glad we decided to do it in the end!
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