October 7, 2005
Today was the same routine as the last few days: Wake up at sunrise, eat a small breakfast, pack up my stuff, and start hiking. It only took two hours to get to Cashapampa, our final destination at an altitude of 2973 meters (9754 feet). The trek was downhill almost the whole way.
At Cashapampa, Gregorio, Carolina, and I took a taxi down the mountain to Caraz. At first, we were the only ones in the taxi, but more and more people kept getting in. Just when I thought it was full, a guy squeezed into the hatchback behind all of our luggage. That must have been a fun ride.
In Caraz, we loaded our gear onto another bus and took off for Huaraz. The hour-long bus ride was rather inconsequential, but I had mixed feelings about being back in society with the honking horns and belching car exhaust.
Morad wasn't able to get a room in the guest house we were staying in previously, so he went to another hostel and I got my own room for the night. It was fifty percent more expensive than the double room, but still not a bad price at $5.
Most of my afternoon was spent putting together notes and looking at photos from my Santa Cruz trip. I also got a ticket to the nearby Chavin ruins for tomorrow. The rest of my evening was spent doing things that I couldn't do for the last four days like showering and washing clothes.
The complete photo album for this entry is here.