|From Punta San Antonio looking back toward camp in the low meadow. Nev. Cuyoc dominates the horizon.|
|Looking up the Sarapococha valley with Yerupaja straight ahead, Nev. Sarapococho and Siula Grande behind it.|
|Looking back at Nev. Cuyoc as we descended the long Huanacpatay Valley.|
|We go down there, to Huayllapa just around the corner of the valley.|
The climb from Huayllapa to Tapush Punta the next morning was never steep, but it went on a long time, and lower down grew hot (to me) in a hurry. At a stream crossing I finally couldn't stand it any longer, and my husband snapped me wringing out my braids after a head-dunk in the creek.
|Climbing 3000' or more up from Huayllapa to Tapush Punta was hot work. Sometimes you just have to go soak your head.|
|There was an easier way up. Nev. Raju Collota dominates the end of the valley; we cross a pass out of sight to the left.|
|Sheep. There's an ever-renewing supply. I'm guessing this guy was only a day or so old.|
|Approaching Tapush Punta.|
|All our favorite peaks, from Llaucha Punta, or a little above.|
|Cairns and prayer flags? Llaucha Punta.|
|Snack spot below Llaucha Punta. The boys, reading and resting. They read pretty much the entire Game of Thrones series on this trip. Thank goodness for e-readers!|
|Lago Jahuacocha and Nevadas Rondoy and Jirishanca. Camp is just visible in the valley at the far left of the photo.|
|The author and our guides at Solteracocha just before sunrise.|
|Century plant (agave).|
Totally worth it.
|Traversing the pipeline trail to Llamac--a last look at the mountains.|
Next: Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.
©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2014