The long walk home - Vamos a la playa!
Ciudad Perdida Travel Blog› entry 95 of 134 › view all entries
May 8th, 2010 – by: melsadventure
I feel like i need to dedicate some time to explaining the feeling of sweating so much it feels like you are showering in it. We also smelt rather special, different from the Machu Picchu trail mainly because of the humidity and the fact that each chilly morning you have to put back on the same wet, sweat riddled clothing that was unable to dry from the day before. Nothing like squelching as you trek! It´s also fascinating to see the local tribes people (Cogis and the Rosarios) react to you as they stroll easily up the mountains whilst you battle with them. They didn´t get too close!
I should also mention the donkey poo that created a secondary obstacle course for us each and every time we tried to walk anywhere.
So after hiking for three days to find the Lost City we also had to hike back. Nothing like making enemies of old friends and friends with old enemies. It was a real sense of achievement to really understand the trek that we had conquered, the downhills were steep and long and the uphills did us no favours either. After a gruelling 3 day hike a 40 min steep uphill is nothing to laugh at, but laugh and joke (and some of us argue) we did.
We also managed to get back in time to indulduge in a game of tahoe with Miguel. It´s really popular in Colombia and involves a course with two "goals" at either end complete with 4 discs with gunpowder underneath. The aim is to throw a shotput style disc across the course and blow up the goal. You get points for getting the disc in the mud and 3 points for an explosion. Only in Colombia!
And that´s how you find a lost city.
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