Back in 2007, my husband and I took our first real adventure to Peru where we visited the Amazon Jungle and hiked to Machu Picchu. This is a series of post I've been writing about since I started this blog. The first post on this particular day can be found at: The Savage Mountain, Nevado Salkantay.
Tuesday, October 17, 2007
|Getting ready to come down Salkantay!|
We started heading down Nevado Salkantay and it was cold, rainy, windy and muddy but it was much better than hiking up the mountain! I was very glad to have some energy back and could hike again. I learned a very good lesson on my way down the mountain to never buy cheap gear! Half way down the mountain my cheap poncho broke....I tried to fix it but I just got wet. Never again will I buy cheap gear. I also wished I had a Balaclava because I had to hold up my scarf around my face to protect my face against the freezing cold wind the entire trek down.
This was the longest portion of the trek in my memory, my zombie trek. I was cold, wet, hungry and I felt super disconnected I was just walking because I had no choice. Sit down and rest in the pouring rain or just keep hiking, I chose the latter. The energy that I felt early was gone, probably because I had barely eaten anything and I started singing to motivate myself to keep walking. Once we got off the actual mountain and were hiking on flat ground I just wanted to be in our lunch tent! I don't remember who else was walking with us except Jesse (my husband) and Edwin (one of our guides) but it was foggy, raining so we couldn't see too far ahead of us. I kept asking Edwin, "How much longer?" and he would say 15 minutes, an hour or so later we finally saw the red tent in the distances and we made it.
We ate our delicious lunch in the pouring rain in a slowly forming swamp, we all sat there talked, recovered from the mountain we just came down. The guides told me I looked like the women from Puno because my cheeks and nose were so red but after a few days had gone by we realized my nose was burned from the freezing wind.
|Rosy Nose and Cheeks!|
Jesse made me a make shift poncho out of a garbage bag which of course I wore for about two hours and it never rained....fail. A group member later remembered she had an extra poncho that she let me borrow for the rest of the trek. The rest of the afternoon we walked through a beautiful green valley as the rain slowly let up as the sun came out.
Everyone felt good and was in good spirits when we made camp, except the Australian who became sick at the top of Salkantay, he ended up riding the horse all the way to camp. I felt really bad for him because he really wanted to hike but he couldn't stop throwing up and just looked awful. I was in his situation the day before so I knew what he was feeling.
This day felt like it was three days in one! First getting to the pass at Salakantay
, making it down the mountain to our lunch tent, and then walking through the green valley to our second camp at Andenes. Even though it was a very tiring day, this was one of my favorite days because of the changing scenery from the rocky pass to the green lush valleys.
Related Posts and Links:
- Chasqui Mom: Peru Posts
- The Savage Mountain, Nevado Salkantay.