Peru 2010

 

We flew into Lima and began to settle in to the pace and culture of the city. Lima is a fascinating city of many different people, Spanish heritage and ancient culture. Sadly our stay was all too short before we had to leave by overnight coach to the city of Huaraz of the north. We spent days acclimatising to the altitude of 3000-4000m before we were ready to head off for the start of our trek which lay several hours away in the town of Llamac. We completed a 5 day trek through the spectacular Huayhuash mountains supported by guides, cooks and a team of donkeys carrying all of the kit. On day two we climbed to our highest pass of 5000m and on the last day of the trek we camped in front of several 6000m+ snowcapped peaks, one of which was the infamous Siula Grande (Touching the Void fame).

The team then headed northwards by bus for a few days. We went white water rafting in Tarapoto , visited the ancient fortress of the Chachapoya at Kuelap and trekked to Gocta the third highest waterfall. It was then time to board a river steamer and head towards the River Amazon and tropical rainforest. We slept on deck in hammocks for three days and finally arrived in the town of Lagunas in the early hours of the morning. The very next day we started our project work in a local primary school. The team painted the entire school over four days and camped in the small playground. We were well looked after by local parents who prepared all of our meals.

It was now time to relax and experience a jungle trek. We set off by dugout canoes for several hours deep into the jungle and finally arrived at an eco-lodge where we stayed for 3 nights. Students had a chance to fish for pirahna, go on a night safari to find alligators and see the Milky Way galaxy without light pollution. We boarded our steamer again for a couple of days and finally arrived in the bustling jungle city of Iquitos where we relaxed for three days by shopping, having a final group meal and thinking about our remarkable month long adventure.