The tourist trap

We’ll end two months in Peru with a 10 day trekking in the Cordillera Huayhuash. A friend of Philippe, Wichu, will be our guide during these 10 days. Before we leave, we buy all the food for the next 10 days. Luckily a couple of donkeys will carry all our luggage along the trail… So we can buy a lot of supplies and don’t have to worry about the weight.

After some negotiating, we can start from Llamac through a couple of passes, ranging from 4600m to 5000m, with an average of 1 pass a day. So quite a demanding trekking, especially because we’ll hardly go below 4000m.
Along snowcapped mountains, glacier lakes and hot springs, we walk and enjoy the beauty of our surroundings.
Unfortunately the locals ask high and frequent camping fees. Every time you meet someone, it is payday. After some day I really had the feeling there is only one sentence that marks the trail : ‘gringo’s pagan mucho y mucho mas’. I really became sick of that scale of corruption, but there is no alternative. Once you start walking, the locals start milking you.
Luckily the nature was stunning, but after all it’s a once in a lifetime walk…

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  1. Westerse toeristen worden vaak gezien als rijke mensen en als gewillige slachtoffers om uitgemolken te worden. Locals beseffen vaak niet dat wij ook (hard) moeten werken om dergelijke reizen te kunnen ondernemen !

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