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... It was
a tiring but excellent hike, the last hour being the hardest, however we
rewarded ourselves with cold beer and yummy lentil soup for lunch. Hostel Cloud
Forest has three levels all draped with hammocks and we spent the afternoon
reading and lounging. The next morning we made our way home via camioneta
(pickup truck taxi) and bus. It was a great weekend, and a much needed
adventure in the mountains!
And last but not ...
... day to see the "male performance" which consists of hoards of men drinking aguardiente, chanting, stomping, and showing off their costumes. The groups represent different cities in the region, and thus, drunken fights often break out--but we felt no concern, for there were throngs of police officers in full riot gear ready to tear gas the dissidents at any moment. We heard from the locals that the next day was the women´s day, which consisted of smiling ...
... we could spy some volcanoes, one of which we are now settled at the base of.
Nestled in a valley, it seems Banos has a lot to offer in the way of activities- hikes, biking, rafting, canyoning etc, as well as lots of thermal springs heated by the active volcano. We grabbed some cheap dinner in a little restaurant, $2.50 for soup, main and drink so can't complain, before finding a hostel- Princesa Maria, which was very friendly and ...
... is only 1 km away and a 200m increase in altitude to 5000m but it is hard going. Another group is making the ascent at the same time and some of them decide to turn back after a short distance with the altitude taking its toll. Edison tells us that it normally takes 45 mins for this ascent but it seems like forever. Eventually, we do make it to the refuge and Edison tells us we managed it in 38 mins which apparently is pretty good going. Either we are getting fitter, more ...
... in broken english in the dark on icy rocks, i reckon i got the gist of it, just double check your footing was the essentials.
Now that i was full bottle on how to climb, we did just that. I was tied off between the guide and brock as brock has climbed a few mountains before so he's an 'expert'. We climbed for ages and the ground was slowly getting more and more snow covering the rocks which made it somewhat easier to climb. The problem was that i ...
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