We undertook the 3 day trek to Maragua Crater and dinosaur footprints in late April. There were two of us so it was not clear until a few days beforehand if the trip would go, as they need more than two as minimum to run. We did set off on the day we wanted, but were disappointed that a truck blockade and no contingency plan for transport on the outside of the blockade at the weekend meant we could not go into the crater by the usual route down the Inca Trail. Instead we had a long drive to circumvent the blockade and approach the crater by another route, followed by a long hot climb in the middle of the day to get to over the crest and into the crater. That said, we did actually get to Crater despite the blockade, and its landscapes are magnificent, particularly in the late afternoon and early morning, precisely the times the trek is there – more beautiful with a wonderful ambience, than the photos on Condor Trekkers website indicate. The dinosaur footprints were simply amazing to come across as they stride across the landscape and in fact, from the time we reached the crest of the crater on Day 1, the landcapes and scenery were wonderful the whole trek. We finished the trek at Potolo and the local mini-bus ride back from the trek on Day 3 was also really something, winding around a deep canyon, then straight up a mountain in the highest switchback ascent I had ever been on.
This trek offers some great insights into local life, and we saw virtually no other trekkers/tourists the whole time. Our guide (and cook), Rohelio, was excellent and very tuned into the local people, stopping for a chat and to share some coca leaves with many along the way. Meals were excellent, with a lot of fresh food all brought from Sucre (in containers shared amongst the group to carry). Overnight was in slightly run-down purpose built tourist accommodation with cold showers only but the beds were very clean, comfortable and warm.
Others have described the integrity of the company and their local work – and this attracted us as well, but having no idea what the area would be like, we undertook the trek as much to keep up our fitness for other treks later in our trip. So we were surprised just how good this trek was, and very pleased we had decided to to do it, particularly to go the three days not just two.
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