We set off at 5:30am to get the bus to location stopping for breakfast in a small community along the way.
We arrived at the drop off point around 9am and it was here we parted company.
Bryan was heading up the track to the top, and Jody because of her bag problem was going to walk back the way the bus had come and meet everyone else again in 7 hours time, back at the start of the National Park about 7 miles away.
Bryan was walking on with the rest of the bus but Jody was heading off on her own. Apart from a French couple who got off at the park entrance to fish in the lake there, everyone else was heading up to the top where Bryan was going so Jody was hoping for some real peace and quiet and a chance to read her book at some stage.
The trails were very well laid out for both of us so we couldn’t get lost and off we went armed with water and snacks.
It’s fair to say that the walk for both of us was just breathtaking. The scenery, the colour of the lakes, the mountains and the warmth of the sun made for a beautiful day.
As Jody walked back along the trail she met hardly anyone. There were a couple of cars and the people inside all waved out of the windows shouting “hola” but as this is Peru, at no time did she feel wary, threatened or vulnerable.
She was more worried about meeting a stray mountain lion but she was ready for that too.
She did actually bump into the French couple. they were having no luck with their fish and decided to head up the trail and try their luck in a different lake.
Bryan in the meantime managed to get very high up the trail. This is a really high altitude hike and it topped off at over 5,000 m (15,000ft) and the air is much thinner up there and it’s much harder to catch your breath to take in enough oxygen.
Just 200 m from the top he felt his body giving up and he turned back. He was so close.
Jody meandered her way back to the start and was pleasently surprised to find a bit of a public park there. There were about 20 local people there at the time, all on a day trip out from where-ever they lived and were having picnics, playing on the swings with their kids or for just £1, you could take a little boat trip out onto the lake.
She waited for the next boat and took it out onto the lake. Not very exciting but very tranquil.
Then as she still had a fair bit of time to kill, she bought some hot snacks – in Peru they make these little deep fried patties made from mashed potato with cheese inside. Sometimes it’s meat inside them or ham but today she was lucky – it was cheese. And they are delicious.
Also they were serving hot herbal tea – real fresh herbs in it – not the teabag type we get in England. Delicious too.
Well at the appointed time, the bus came back down the trail with everybody else on it and Jody got back on too and we all headed back to Huaraz.
This was an amazing day out – made more beautiful by the wonderful weather we got – the day before it had rained solidly apparently, and the day before that it had snowed!
At least we had a hot shower waiting for us but it’s on days like this – we really miss out bath!