The Valley of the immortals
Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
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Where I stayed
We stayed in a hostel in the hills above town. From our hostel we had access to many walking routes into the surrounding hills and mountains and the hostel had great views across the mountains. As well, it had its own pool and hammocks for every room. It was like staying in a resort at backpackers prices, another reason why we fell in love with this place. Each morning we woke up to go swimming in the pool, which was freezing but gradually warmed up as we swam.
On the first day we checked in, we meet two other travelers from Bristol, Ed and his twin sister Sophie. The first english people we´ve met and they´re from our home town - small world after all!
We decided to go on a hike as the weather was good and spent about four hours exploring the hills above town surrounding our hostel. The south sierra is very different from the north, it is much warmer, so the mountains are covered in lush greenery and the countryside is dotted with farms growing bananas and all types of fruits. The walk was so peaceful, with the odd braying of a donkey or the call of a cockrel.
The next day we went to the Rumi Wilco nature reserve, just on the otherside of town. This was a small reserve set on the side of the mountain, known to have hundreds of species of birds and animals as well being a place that perserves the Wilco tree a native tree to the area.
There are self guided trails in the reserve and from the register at the entrance we could see we had it all to ourselves. For a change we let Carla take the lead along the trails and even though they are well marked she managed to get us lost and we ended up climbing percariously on a narrow slippery path on the side of a mountain
In the evening we met up with Ed and Sophie who had been on an all day horse riding trek, something we wanted to do the following day so we wanted to see how it went. Unfortunately for Ed, his experience was dampened when he was kicked by his sisters horse just bellow the knee. Luckly for him after an X-ray he was found to have only bruised his leg and was told to rest up. As a result we decided to go with a different company recommended in the guide book.
The next day we woke up early to go on a half day horse riding trek; as Aff´s first time on a horse we thought this was a more sensible option, and many other people had said how much you ache after a full day
When we got back to the hostel we relaxed for a few hours, as tonight we are getting the night bus to Peru.