Choquequirao Hike – Day 7

Day 7 of the Choquequirao hike would go pretty quickly. I was out of my tent uncharacteristically at 7:30 (I like my sleep). Unfortunately I woke up a bunch of times last night. It was a pretty poor night’s sleep. It didn’t help that my tent was close to the people that were getting up at 4:30am either. 

By 9 I hit the trail. It was 3,458 feet uphill to the road. Similar to yesterday, I focused on the little things along the trail. 

White flower on the Choquequirao Trail

White flower on the Choquequirao Trail

Beetle on a cactus on the Choquequirao Hike

Beetle on a cactus on the Choquequirao Hike

Pink flower on the Choquequirao Hike

Pink flower on the Choquequirao Hike

Blue flowers on the Choquequirao Hike

Blue flowers on the Choquequirao Hike

Daisy flower on the Choquequirao Hike

Daisy flower on the Choquequirao Hike

Luckily I got a great assist from the weather. The sky was totally overcast and at one point there was some drizzle. I was able to beat the heat and 3 and a quarter hours in, I was at the top. There we took a food break while we waited for the last of the 4 to arrive. Rice, an egg, and french fries were had with tea. Then some cookies for good measure. Once we were a complete 4, we got in the sole taxi that was waiting for us to finish up.

A few miles up the road, we had to stop. Some local loggers had not cleared the road but were on their food break. They did not seem like they were going to stop eating at first but eventually sprung into action. We helped clear wood as well and within a few minutes, we were back on the move. 

We were dropped off at the intersection where the road to Cachora met with the main road. There we could get a car to another town. Then from that town we could take a colectivo to Cusco. The entire fare to Cusco cost us 42.50 soles (about 14 dollars.)

Once back home I then set off on a feast at two of my favorite restaurants in Cusco. First it was Organika for a chicken salad, and then Prasada for the best vegetarian burger I have had to date anywhere. No one person that I have taken there has not loved it. Even the staunchest of carnivores.

Organika Chicken Salad

Organika Chicken Salad

Prasada Chacarera Veggie Burger

Prasada Chacarera Veggie Burger

I then headed “home” to my hostel where I had stashed some of my things.

 

6 Comments:

  1. Hi jose. As usual i find your posts fascinating. I cannot even fathom the intensity of your explirations and the extensiveness of ur hikes. It takes a certain kind of person to engage in this. Stay safe and enjoy yourself.

    • Glad they haven’t bored you yet 🙂 Some of my hikes are pretty brutal. My body does complain at times. Still, the worst outcome of the Choquequirao hike has been the persistent mosquito bites. Several months later, I still have a few that are raised and itchy. It’s quite maddening.

      By certain type of person do you mean a little off in the head :-p

      JR

      • What I mean is that you are a person who is able to persevere despite risks and the discomforts that nature may throw your way. I am most comfortable at a Ritz Carlton with fake grass under my feet. Everyone rolls differently and I totally admire people who can do their thing and enjoy it.

        • Oh so complimentary 🙂 I find it odd that people see me as a risk taker when I see myself as quite risk averse.

          Nature indeed has taken a few dumps on me but in order to reap its rewards, it’s worth going through the challenges thrown at you. I would say this is more of a mental game than a physical one. I’ve seen people that should have never set out persevere and others that were well equipped physically, fall apart. I think I’ve been on both sides of that equation in my hiking history.

          I hear the fake grass at the Ritz is world class. HAHAHA! I’ll be enjoying the real grass for the next few days in Amboro National Park.

  2. Not sure which was best: the first vegetarian burger we had, the second, or the third!

    • Those burgers were glorious! Can’t wait to have one in a few days. I am Cusco bound again 🙂

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