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Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
177Trip End Ongoing
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Tent and school floor
Our problem with this trek is that we have to carry our own kit in our rucsacs, something we haven`t done for many years, we`ve been relying on donkeys and mules recently. We`re a little apprehensive to say the least. Weīre accompanied by Ian and Nicole from Switzerland as punters and volunteers Nicky, Yao and Marius, and our guide Enrique ("call me Henry"). On day 2 we were adopted by a dog who left home to trek with us for a day and slept outside our camp (a school)
How did we do? We did ok, though not without some gasping and feet a little battered
Henry really made the trip special - he is a fab communicator and made the link with locals each time we bumped into them - 90 year olds, 5 year olds, what an ambassador for Condor Trekkers. He distributes coca leaves to all and sundry, women goat herds give us cooked potatoes in return. Henry also seemd to carry twice the weight we did. When Ian lost his camera on the longest climb of the trip, Henry legged it back down the hill and then legged it back, of course heīd found the bloody camera.
The volunteers kept us fed and watered throughout and were loads of fun. Thereīs constant talk about the food on offer - how much, what type etc weīre fine with that, we can talk about food all day.
The real highlights were our encounters with locals, dirt poor one and all, including a vist to a local school, Nicky agreeing to return for a stint teaching English. Ancient rock paintings, dinosaur footprints (yes real ones), the long haul out of the Maragua crater, a full moon camp, with fire and the generally beautiful surrounds like an artistīs palette, hills crumpled over millenia by tectonic plate movement, all added to a wonderful few days. The return bus trip cuts through our route in 3 hours, an ancient woman with smooth black hands like a mummy. Not even a 2 hour delay for roadworks and the by now regular roadblock by protesters canīt dampen our mood.
Thank you Condor Trekkers, you go highly recommended.