Brilliant hike (one of world's best) as long as...
- You choose a great guide. You will spend 5-6 days with this guy so choose someone who's safe, knowledgeable, and kind to his staff (which was not the case with our guide, Umberto, from Pachamama Adventure)
- You deal with a great agency. We went with Pachamama Adventure... Cheap but cheap. Old inadequate rental equipment, great staff, poor driver, awful guide... Be demanding: you are paying good money here and put yourself under a lot of hardship: be sure you go through this with the right people, even if it means paying a little extra.
- You bring GREAT WARM gear. As soon as the sun sets, it gets scarily frigid. Some people in our group were borderline panicking at the thought of going to sleep at night: it's almost a challenge, and it's high (4,500m).
Otherwise, brilliant scenery, most VARIED landscape I have seen in ages, with glacial lakes, alpine dunes (yes!), snow caps, glaciers, marches, man-made irrigation systems, old Peruvian farms melting in the landscape, beautiful people, vibrant fauna: one of the world's undiscovered gems! We saw NO ONE on the tracks: the place is immense and well under-visited.
GO! But be well-prepared!
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