Hotel Francisco II
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... the name they give to those massive 2’ long seed pods I
mentioned a few days ago. Supposedly they are good for the liver, so then went
on my daily cold beer hunt.
Not a lot happening here on a Sunday (or ever?) – hardly
anything open – despite being a state that will sell you a beer on a Sunday
there was trouble finding a place open. Same with dinner – ended up in a
... br> difficult and included a steep drop down one wall of a canyon to cross a stream
and then a long uphill on trails through fields and eventually a dusty road
back to Chugchillan. OK, I may be from Colorado, but I’m not as acclimated as
I’d like to think, and I was pretty winded and exhausted by the time I arrived
back at the lodge. Recovery beer for hydration never tasted so good!
... down until we reach the point where we leave the road again to head uphill on a dirt track. We are still at high altitude, maybe 3600 m so this is really, really hard work partly beacause of the altitude but also because we are trying to ride through volcanic sand (imagine trying to ride along a beach uphill and you will get a general idea!). We carry on, at times pushing our bikes through the worst bits but the views make it all worthwhile. After what seems like forever, we ...
We had a brief dinner, then all went to bed early like 6pm to try and get a bit of rest. We where in this shack with tin roofs, that was rattling away in the wind which was pretty strong. That and combined with the adrenaline form the anticipation meant no one slept just rested and prepared ourselves for the encounter.
Then we got the knock on the door, it was time to go. So we got dressed into our heavy duty pants, jackets, ...
... up riding uni-cycles and performed in a few circus acts, had a particularly good time ramping and bunnie-hopping anything in his path. At the bottom we had a quick stop for lunch, wiped the dust out of our eyes and then continued along a flat section at the base of the volcano where we saw more wild Vicuņas, crossed a few dry rivers and some small villages before we eventually came to some old Inca ruins. Here Gallo told us about how the people in the old Inca ...