3rd day trekking!

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A chilly morning awaited us!

.... 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.

Llamas passed us on our way down.
The people were so friendly... I certainly wouldn't expect anyone in England to welcome 30 foreign trekkers to come looking around their house! We also visited a school, unfortunately closed as the teacher had not been able to come in due to the snow. Along the route we saw many children, all friendly and smiling. We gave them snacks and they posed for pictures.

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.

A misty day again...
I can't thank these guys enough for everything they did. The meals were always well prepared and hot, with selection of drinks on offer. I can't beleive how well people can cook for 30 others on a mountainside! :) 

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....

ickleem says:
I would definately recommend it! It was a brilliant country :)
Posted on: Mar 02, 2009
sylvanito says:
What a great experience!!
Amazing Peru, I would love to visit.
Posted on: Mar 01, 2009
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A chilly morning awaited us!
A chilly morning awaited us!
Llamas passed us on our way down.
Llamas passed us on our way down.
A misty day again...
A misty day again...
Gorgeous Pervuian children, incred…
Gorgeous Pervuian children, incre…
The local sschool.
The local sschool.
Two very friendly Andean women... …
Two very friendly Andean women...…
Inside one of the huts.
Inside one of the huts.
Another friendly Peruvian lady.
Another friendly Peruvian lady.
The trek continues in the mist.
The trek continues in the mist.
Trekkers on their way back...
Trekkers on their way back...
Me, looking rather fat! Its my wa…
Me, looking rather fat! It's my w…
One of seven bridges on our mornin…
One of seven bridges on our morni…
Lunch time!
Lunch time!
More bridges...
More bridges...
Trekking away!
Trekking away!
Our camp for the night. Awesome vi…
Our camp for the night. Awesome v…
Beers and cards in the main tent...
Beers and cards in the main tent...
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photo by: Vlindeke