While some of us dream of visiting certain places, others get there by accident. Now, the Inca Trail is something that I had seen in various documentaries. It looked interesting, amazing and out of reach. The interesting thing is that none of the documentaries ever mentioned Bolivia in the Inca Trail. They all seemed to focus on Peru. Maybe it is because the Peru version is more famous or it is the only place that they have managed to go to.
So, a group of friends in Bolivia was planning a caminata (hike). Out of curiosity, we signed up for it. A few days to the walk, we were informed of the things that we needed for the caminata. The rough information that we had was that it was to be a walk and camp. The idea that we had was a walk in the lush hilly areas of Los Yungas, which are very green, warm and beautiful. A wonderful break from the cold, dry city. And again, who does not like camping? So, we were all psyched up for the beautiful adventure on this long weekend. Nothing prepared us for what lay ahead.
The team preparing to begin the trek
We left the city of La Paz at around 6:30 am, carrying our camping bags with our supplies, ready for the great adventure. The vehicle dropped us at La Cumbre, which is about an hour from the city centre, at an altitude of about 4,700 meters. This is the highest point between La Paz and Los Yungas. It is often covered with snow during winter and many tourists who visit Bolivia for biking along the Death Road begin their biking at this point. The treks and hikes also begin at this point. It has a beautiful view, and one gets to watch the sunrise and the landscapes of the Altiplano.
|Some Aymara villagers with their herd of llama.|