Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the mountains: hiking, trekking, climbing, I simply crave moving on and off the trails, with everything I need in my backpack and a sense of adventure in my heart. The mountains have always been a sanctuary for me, a place where I feel at peace and connected to nature, where effort and physical exertion are a gift, and where I can't help but feel a deep connection with something greater than myself. Could we go to Perù and not walk some of Andes’ trails?
Deciding what and how much to trek in our trip to Perù was a result of a compromise: too many things to do and see and so little time, and different levels of training and aspiration in our fellowship. We decided to start with the two-days version of the Colca Canyon trekking, that, despite the shortness, proved quite intense. The Canon del Colca is one of the deepest canyons in the world, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, and the Peruvian condors live along its cliffs. We ended up descending about 1000 m on the very steep rocky path still quite dizzy with altitude, spending the night in the Sangalle Oasis , and ascending back on the same path when the southern stars still shone bright, and the sun then dawned on the valley. It might have been tough, but it was certainly worth the effort!