Marcahuasi has it all

2016: This trip was made as a part of a class so we can observe the real conditions of the highway as well as the touristic infrastructure, but then it ended up as a big adventure filled up with new experiences. Up next i will tell you everything about it {as well as giving you some little advices}.

 

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The Amphitheatre

How to get there?

From Lima you have to go to Bolognesi Ave. and right two or three blocks away from the plaza there is a spot where there are a lot of mini vans that just charge you 5 or 6 soles to take you to Parque Echenique in Chosica.

Right there you have to take a bus straight to San Pedro de Casta, which is the little town that surrounds the meseta. Even as little as it is it has enough things to survive like some restaurants, stores and a little city hall where you can buy the tickets to climb {if i’m good it’s going to be around 10 – 15 soles}, plus there’s a regular hostel that has minimal infrastructure conditions where people who, for some reason, don’t want to climb all the way up can rest. But to be honest, i literally recommend you to take the risk and go climb, cause’ if not there’s no sense at all…

 

Ways to climb

a) By walk, which is the most common way. It usually says that takes 4 hours, however if you would like to enjoy and take pictures and videos that would be 6 hours {if you don’t get lost, lol}. Besides, when you reach a middle point in the road there will be two kind of paths to follow: the long and flat one, and then the short and sheer one… But what it doesn’t say is that if you follow the long one it will take you directly to the Amphitheatre {the place where everyone camps}, instead of the short one, that will lead you to the Stone Monument first and then there would be another path to follow

{but please, do not do this unless you are with a group of people or know how to use a map properly, cause’ it gets scary when it gets dark}

 

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here we were ready to take the risk of the short path… without noticing that we would get lost.

 

b) By car, which is the lazy-option, hehe. Or actually, if you would like to climb by foot but just a little bit this is perfect for you. They will charge you like 5 soles {per person} and the van will take you to the half of the meseta so you can walk from there.

 

c) By donkey… Uhm, i really don’t know how it works but as i’ve heard it only takes you to some point and then you must walk {but anyways it’s a great experience}

 

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Of course nothing compares to walk… You breathe very pure air and enjoy the view of beautiful highlandscapes.

Mountain sickness : Soroche

Yup, even if this place can be so close to the city, the altitude can reach to 4200 meters above the sea {compared to San Pedro de Casta that only has 3900 meters above the sea}, and the weather is very tricky too because during the morning and some part of the afternoon there’s a lot of brightness of the sun as well as heat {which, of course doesn’t help you to climb lol}, but nights can get real cold {during winters the temperature can reach 20°F}, that’s why everyone must take big backpacks with enough warm clothes to make it through the night cause’ of course no one will survive in a light tent, right?

But anyways, up there there’s a big tent where some locals sell hot teas, food and even rent blankets for people who just can’t handle those temperatures {i rented one and i felt really cozy}.

NOW, THE GREATEST ADVICE THAT I CAN GIVE YOU IS NEVER DO ANY KIND OF EFFORT AFTER CLIMBING. YOUR BODY NEEDS TO GET ACCLIMATED SO THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE TO IT IS REST, NO MATTER IF ONLY 10 MIN BUT GIVE IT A REST OR YOU’LL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES {belive me, i got the soroche, and it wasn’t funny at alll 😦

My symptoms where coldness, chills and then a stabbing headache. After that during the early morning i woke up to throw up.
Don’t forget to take pills such as gravol or sorochin, and of course, TONS of water.

 

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It was a great backpackers’ adventure. People say that Marcahuasi is a great place to see UFOs because of the magnetic field that covers all the meseta, but as we weren’t so into that we just told some horror stories and gave us an amazing breakout!

Plus we did the PAGAPU, a kind of payment that our ancestors used to do for the mountain’s gods in the highlands so they could be protected during all of their trips.

 

Patsy.

 

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