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... some days offering more of a challenge. The third day for example, began at 4200m and took a steep 2hrs accent up to 4800m, onto the Punta Union Ridge, sitting just blow the glacier line. It was certainly a breath taking climb, slow and steady all the way to the top. However, I managed to beat the donkeys up, so this is pleasing! When challenged with any altitude climb, there are always moments of doubt as to WHY. Why are we doing this? ...
... have to sit at the bus until the 30 odd walkers were done in 5 hours, so we just kept going slow. The walk lead us through the flat valley floor before it started to zig-zag up the mountain side, even with the cloud the views were stunning. About 2 hours in we'd gotten over the first steep section onto an exposed windy flat but grassy area, where it began to rain, harder, and then hail, it didn't stop for about 30 mins, we were soaked to the bone and frozen! With my heart still beating ...
... similar to a beef stir-fry, called Lomo Saltado. It was magnificent, particularly since it is served with a pile of perfect home made chips - this is after all, the land of potatoes... Heaven after weeks of our own pasta with vegetables in hostel kitchens.
Feeling positive, we prepared for the 5 day Santa Cruz Trail. We wanted to do this independently, ...
... the trail continued west into the valley and after a short downhill decent, passing by a brilliant water fall we arrived into the remote village of Huayllapa to stoke up on supplys. This town was a pleasure to visit, and the local kids were even more eager to see us gringos.
Leaving the town we ate lunch by a stream before beginning a long climb up into the green hills. Again i very much enjoyed the climb and myself and alex made it to the top, arriving ...
... it would be more of an experience to tackle it by ourselves. According to national geographic this happens to be one of the worlds most epic trails. After reading this i was more then ready for it! We werent to waste any time and so that afternoon we hopped on a bus out of town and made are way to vaqueria, this is more a roadside transport stop than a town but the starting point to the trek. We arrived late and so we had to make camp before sundown. ...
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