Chase and I were thwarted in our plan to do a 7 day circuit in El Cocuy due to the Uwa (local tribe) refusing to alow tourists to enter the entire eastern side of the range. Oh well. It was still one of the most rewarding hiking experiences I´ve ever done. We spent 5 nights up in the mountains between 3600 and 4600 meters and did some grueling hikes up near glaciars and in the Paramo (the high moor). This is a looong post with all of the pictures I shot with my point and shoot. It was too wet for the big camera to come with me in good conscience so the photos aren´t the best quality.
Rainy morning start.
Walking towards Laguna Pintada with a lot of weight
First of many suprisingly bright flowers on the trail
The valley from our little day hike up the side
Color in the oddest places
Color in the oddest places pt. 2
Start of day 2, here´s what I was looking at. Chase had already started out at 3 AM to try and summit the peak that is clouded over in this shot.
Super soft plants way up there
Around 4200 meters up
Chase and me after he had to turn back from the summit due to wind and snow. So close!
Very few people up in the mountains throughout our entire trip
I walked along this cliff for almost an hour. Long way down.
A slight view of the Devil´s Pulpit, a feature named for the fact that snow never settles on it.
This climb up was as steep as it looks.
Obligatory self shot when I was just gassed
One of my favorites from the day. Absolutely no one around.
We were waiting for the lechero (milk truck) to come by and it was kind of raining on us during the 2 hours hike to the road so it was a welcome surprise to turn the corner and see a view like this at 6:45 AM.
Chase on the lechero
On our way up to camp, we left some things at Hacienda La Esperanza in anticipation of passing the next night there. Incredible people and nice views from the start.
The view on the way up through the Paramo when the rain finally gave me a moment.
Triumphant at our campsite, right outside the caves.
The next morning we got to see the summit that Chase nearly got to.
Approaching the nada
Glorious (and chilly)
Yep, not going to camp right here…
The cave on the left is where we spent the night. It fit around 3 tents and we met a nice Italian couple there who brought the good weather vibes with them.
This little guy is endemic to the region and we spied them all over the place during our sunny walk down.
More funky plants
The beginning of day 4, hiking into the northern section of the park.
The army was serious about this part of the country.
Spot the chase!
Remind me to not gamp the next place I go
Over Thar and Into the Fog
My glimpse of the second glaciar
Our just reward: walking an hour to some closed hot springs. But Chase spotted this local place and it was amazing!