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A 3-day hike in the Bolivian countryside

An Inca Trail, a big crater, tiny villages and dinosaur footprints

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Together with my British Route 40 friends, I decided to go on a 3-day hike not far away from Sucre. We were going to walk along an Inca Trail, hike through the Maragua crater and see some dinosaur footprints.

The first day started very early, we had to leave Sucre at 5 in the morning. Sleeping on the 2 hour bus ride to the starting point of our hike was not really an option since the ride was very bumpy and the bus did not have any headrests. At 7 we got to our destination where breakfast was prepared and we all got to know each other a bit. We were a really big group, the second biggest ever to go on this hike with this company actually, which made the food preparation difficult and we spent almost 3 hours at our breakfast spot before we were finally ready to start our hike.

The first part was walking down the Inca Trail, a downhill walk with great views of the mountains around us.
Hike - day 1

Hike - day 1

Hike - day 1

Hike - day 1

Hike - day 1

Hike - day 1

Hike - day 1 - lunch

Hike - day 1 - lunch

We then went to visit one of the schools the company who did the tour (Condor Trekkers, a non-profit organisation) funds. We met the children, took some photos and were explained some of the background of the school.
Hike - day 1

Hike - day 1

After this visit, the harder part of the day began, we started walking uphill for quite a long time… On the way, we met some local people trying to sell us bracelets and children who were happy to get some sweets off one of us. By the time we got to the village where our accommodation was, it was already dark and we were really tired. We waited until dinner was ready (By the way, the food we had on the hike was really good and it was a lot too!) and after we had all eaten we fell into our beds, exhausted from this long day.
Hike - day 1

Hike - day 1

Hike - day 1

Hike - day 1

The second morning, we walked to the Garganta del Diablo, a beautiful location where a big waterfall can be seen.
Hike - day 2

Hike - day 2

Hike - day 2

Hike - day 2

After this, a not very steep but really long uphill part started. Especially at the altitude, carrying our heavy backpacks and because of the warm weather, this uphill hike was quite hard and I was so relieved when I reached the top of the hill. After some more walking up and down along mountainsides, we reached the dinosaur footprints where we had our lunch. The footprints were an impressive sight. It was hard to imagine that huge dinosaurs have walked up the mountain in exactly that spot millions of years ago, and their footprints can still be seen
Hike - day 2

Hike - day 2

Hike - day 2

Hike - day 2

Hike - day 2

Hike - day 2

The second day of the hike was not as long as the first one, so that we got to our accommodation, which was a school this night, at 4.15pm. So we were able to relax a bit and some of our group played football with the local kids. Before and after dinner we played some UNO and then went to bed (mats and sleeping bags on the classroom floor…) soon to be ready for an early start the next day.
Playing UNO in the classroom

Playing UNO in the classroom

The last day, we had to get up at 5 in the morning to leave at 6 and start the last 2-hour walk which lead us to the village where we caught our transportation back to Sucre.

The vehicle that would bring us back was a truck. We all got on the back of the truck which was already filled with local people and their luggage. More people kept getting on at every stop and in the end the truck was full with people, bags of fruits and vegetables, a big pile of our backpacks and even furniture and a stove. Everybody tried to find the best and most comfortable spot to sit/stand possible, but this proved very difficult. The ride was bumpy, in parts quite dangerous, and definitely not comfortable. It was another adventure though and I am glad to have done this once. Though if I make it to Central America, I have heard I will have to travel like this more often…
The truck on which we rode back

The truck on which we rode back

On the back of the truck

On the back of the truck

Posted by sarahm_lux 21:24 Archived in Bolivia

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dinosaurier footprints! an déi sinn nach emmer ze gesinn? wow! :)

by Sandra M.

jo krass gell!

by sarahm_lux

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