Olympus XA | Kodak Ultra Max 400
Exhausted, perpetually out of breath, but happy is how I would describe the three-day hike we took along the Quarry Trail. The immensity of the landscape, the snow-capped peaks, the scattered ruins, the stars at night, the sunrises and sunsets, everything about this trip was just perfect. To nobody’s surprise, I was the slowest of the group, embarrassingly slow, and physically just not up to shape that I needed to be. I could go on and on about the various symptoms that were caused by altitude/mountain sickness, but that’s probably not what people want to hear. Despite these mild handicaps, I have to reiterate that I really loved the hike. I loved all of it!
Day 1 was a 3 hour climb uphill to our first camp site at 3700 metres above seal level. Along the way, we passed by a waterfall (which I sadly wasn’t able to capture) and a group of community workers who insisted on sharing their lunch with us! They were roasting potatoes and beans on what looked like a bed of rocks. The distant ruins you see in the ninth picture is Q’orimarca archaeological site, which we went to visit before dinner. The woman in the last picture was one of the two ‘refreshment’ stands we passed by on the first leg of the trail.