This past weekend, after a late night of dancing at a discoteca, the next morning the group woke up early and hopped a bus to set off to Matucana. It took about 3 hours to get there, on 2 buses. When we arrived we walked through the village to the trail head, and paid our way onto the mountain. It was a cool little town, but once we started trekking up the mountain, the air got cleaner and cleaner, and it got quieter and quieter. I didn’t realize how much I missed the clean, quiet environment like home. The city is great, and I’ve never felt more at home than I do here, but the constant noise and pollution is hard on my body. I’ve been a bit sick, and lost my voice for a few days, but with lots of vitamins I’m getting better.
Back to the trail: it took about 3 hours to get up, and with my lack of sleep, and my being so out of shape, I was lagging in the back the whole time, haha! Our destination was a gorgeous waterfall, and even though it was raining and pretty cold by the time we got up, I jumped into the water and under the waterfall.
It was really incredible to see the people living on the mountain. Lots of them were working with llamas, horses, bulls, and cows, and others were working in fields with crops. One man gave us a few apples right off the tree, and they weren’t as sweet as the apples we know, but they were delicious.
So here are some pictures from Matucana!