Saturday, May 14, 2011

Huchuy Qosqo 2 day trek

Jess enjoying splashing in the river

fabulous scenery

The Huchuy Qosqo ruins

Anjanette feeling as if she has conquered the world! (that was before the long gruelling walk down!)

breathtaking mountain views

Scott very happy to soak his feet in hot water at the campsite after 8 hours of walking!

Scott at the campsite

walking through the canyon

Sam on horseback!

at the first mountain pass

This week Jess and Sam have had a week off school and so we decided to attempt a 20 k trek which included an overnight camping adventure. We set off from Tambomachay just outside Cusco city and we walked for 8 hours on day 1 ( 14k) It was great fun but hard work walking up mountains at 4000 feet . It was very hot in the day (Anjanette got heat stroke on day 2) and cold at night , (there was frost on our tents when we woke up in the morning!! )Remarkably the kids did not complain at all, they did occasionally take turns riding a horse to give their legs a little rest. We went with 2 other families and a guide, our good friend Robyn owns the SAS travel company and we went with her family, the SAS guides and cooks. Never has camping been so luxurious the horses carried the luggage, tents and food and when we finally arrived at the campsite the tents were set up and our hot dinner was ready for us! The views of the mountains as we trekked were absolutely breathtaking. The trek is called the Huchuy Qosqo trek since that is the name of some inca ruins that we visited along the way before we descended 1200k zigzagging down the mountain to where lunch and the SAS van was waiting in Lamay to drive us back to Cusco. So we are feeling victorious that we completed the adventure, astounded that the kids did so well, and very grateful for running water flushing toilets and comfy beds now that we are back at home!

1 comment:

Pastor Keith said...

Wow - great little break. Sounds like the children did a good job! This week I bought a trailer to carry our tent - never thought of a horse!