3rd day trekking!
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.... SNOW!!! And plenty of it had been falling throughout the night, the sounds on my tent had been large clumps of snow falling off the roof and sliding down the side! It was a freezng cold wake up call!
Luckily I was feeling much better and the snow was a fun arrival. We posed for the Scope picture and headed off down the mountain. Our route had been affected, apparently the second summit we were supposed to trek to was out of bounds. The snow was so bad there the Peruvian officals had declared it a no-go area and were requesting any trekkers headed back down the mountain.
As we came down the mountain we saw little settlements. Three Andean women greeted us and with the help of translators (my Spanish is appalling) we were invited to look in their huts.
The trek was great that day, the weather improved but stayed damp and misty the whole way down. Our surroundings were lots of rivers and streams, mud and plenty of vegetation! We were told that we had to cross 7 handmade bridges that day. The beidges were made from mud and twigs and were great for crossing the small streams. We stopped on the way for another brilliant lunch prepared by our chefs.
Arriving at camp that night the weather had improved and we again enjoyed a fantastic meal before bed. We're were well into our trek so spent the evening drinking beer (a bit of a no-no on a trek as alcohol dehydrates you and doesn't do much good for altitude sickness!) and playing cards in the main tent. A few people had come in pairs but most of us didn't know each other but the bond had become strong and we were having a great time together.
Before heading to bed I can remember looking up at the sky before entering my tent. The sky was amazingly clear, I've never seen so many stars! My camera wasn't good enough to take a picture but the mental picture is very much with me....