Tripping 2005/06 travel blog

The start of our walk

Inca terracing

Comon Steve, we've only just started

We're going down there

Marching on

Can't keep the pace

Nothing but mountains

Colca Valley

The only way up

Oasis

Nearly 2hrs later

Bliss

Cooling down

Too much, it's too much

Ready to dive

Yes it's a fly on his cheek

Drying out his pants (under pants)

What a backdrop

Are those horses coming down?

Up easier than down

Stevie riding a mule

Inca kola?

Evening fires


9/6 Up later than planned. Had a cheap but good breakfast. Set out without our watch for our walk down to the canyon. We were told that it should take 2hrs down and 4hrs up. We were walking for about 3hrs and still were nowhere near the oasis. Walk was hard on the loose gravel and large rocks. It was also quite steep and seemed to go on forever as the landscape never changed. When we finally made it down we were pleasantly suprised to find it had only taken us 1hr45mins. At the oasis we colapsed with our feet in the pool. We had a lunch here of our own making (tuna mayo rolls). After 1hr or so we started thinking about going back up. Book says 4hrs, so we add at least 1 and ½ hrs. Than 1 guy offers us mules which only take 2hrs. We heartedly agree. He goes off to get the mules. Steve goes for a quick swim in his pants. Lenka takes lots of photos. Steve quickly dries in the sun. Funny it's easyer going up than it was going down. Not even out of breath. Get back to town by 4.30. if we did it ourselves would never reach it till 7pm. Made friend with the guide as we bought him drinks and chocolate and had lots of breaks. Back at the top Lenka has the hottest and longest shower ever. Using solar power. For dinner Steve has alpaca and Lenka opts for trout. For desert we have the worst pancakes ever.

9.6 Vstavali jsme pozdeji nez jsme chteli. Dali jsme si levnou ale dobrou snidani a vyrazili na turu. Bez hodinek. Naplanovali jsme si turu dolu do kanonu ktera by mela trvat 2 hodiny dolu a 4 nahoru. Uz jsme byli na pochodu skoro 3hodiny a porad nic. Zacinali jsme si myslet, ze se budeme muset otocit a jit zpatky. Pak jsme zahledli oasu a tak jsme pokracovali. Kdyz jsme tam konecne dorazili, byli jsme prekvapeni, ze nam to trvalo jen 1hodinu 45 min. Cesta byla tezka, prasna s velkymi sutry, byla prudka a trvala vecnost, protoze okoli se skoro vubec nemenilo. Kdyz jsme tam dorazili placli jsme s sebou na travu a ponorili nohy do vody. Dali jsme si obed ktery jsme si s sebou prinesli - tunak s majonezou a rohliky. Asi po hodine jsme se rozhodli jit zpatky a protoze nam vsichni tvrdili, ze to bude trvat 4hodiny, my k tomu jeste 2 pridali. Cestou jsme potkali chlapika ktery nam nabidl muly. My jsme souhlasili a on odbehl je pripravit. Meli jsme jeste cas a tak Steve skocil do bazenu ve slipech a pekne si to tam uzil. Ja jen fotila. Steve se snazil rychle uschnout a kdyz muly privedl byl pripraveny. Bylo to pekne. Sli jsme na horu, coz samo bylo lehci nez dolu, protoze nas nesli a tak jsme meli cas se poradne porozhlidnout. Trvalo nam to jen 2 hodiny, ale bylo to tezke, jak pro kone, tak pro pruvodce ktery sel po svych. My mu koupili piti a cokoladu a tak jsme se zpratelili. Zpatky v hotelu jsem si dala tu nejdelsi a nejteplejsi sprchu, ohrivanou sluncem. Pak jsme sli na veceri. Steve si dal alpaku a ja pstruha. Dali jsme si palacinky, ale ty nebyli vubec dobre.

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