Narrow winding roads
February (Odyssey Day 102)
We were a little late leaving this morning, just after 0900. Simon managed to get the truck right to the hostel this time, and it made packing a lot easier even if we did hold up quite a lot of traffic doing so!
Heading out of town, we drove through a lot of hills again on another long, winding and bumpy road.
It was still light when we arrived in San Agustin, which was a definite bonus. We made it to our camp after a few false directions and having to turn around in really narrow areas. The track to the camp was also very narrow and Simon had to reverse down it to park.
The camp itself is a lovely area of sloping green grass and sheltered communal areas. Ellie and I made sure to set our tent on the flattest area we could find but it was still a distinct slope and we knew we’d slide down a bit during the night. I had to
Arriving before sunset is a great feeling
ensure to remember to put a bag at my feet so that I didn’t slide down too far!
So the group relaxed for the evening. Quite a few were reading tonight. The whole group seems to be going through the Game of Thrones series which is on the truck so everyone is reading trying to finish their book before the next person wants it. It’s quite amusing actually, and everyone who has read them tries not to mention anything specific in them when talking about it so as not to spoil it for the next person waiting to read it.
I on the other hand, along with Joanna, learnt how to play Whist instead. A far more productive way to waste our time.
February (Odyssey Day 103)
This morning everyone who was doing the horse ride around San Agustin was ready to go at 0900. However when no horses turned up a few phone calls needed to be made. Apparently the guides taking us around had
San Agustin Camp
AJ checking out the bamboo huts overlooking the valley
gotten the wrong date and thought we were coming next week. So by the time they were able to scavenge up enough horses for the whole group, we didn’t actually leave until 1030. Oh well. We spent the hour looking around the camp and examining the bamboo buildings they have overlooking the valley. It’s hard to believe such a light wood can make a sturdy structure.
The day was wonderful though, I had a thoroughly enjoyable time riding around to some of the sights. The views from the hills were amazing and Emma interpreted as much information as she could whenever we stopped.
Better than a trail ride as everyone could pretty much go at their own pace. The better riders going on ahead at a canter, while those who had never been riding before walked at the back with the guide. I really enjoyed the day, going between groups at my own pace, depending on how grumpy my horse was being at any time. He didn’t really like being with other horses too close.
We spent almost five
Riding was the perfect way to see the local area.
hours out today and I would recommend it as an activity to do if you ever visit San Agustin. We stopped at a few sites where we saw some very old carvings that indicate the burial places of the local tribes.
Arriving back at camp we were ready for a hearty meal but unfortunately the meat was off today, so we had to have the vegetarian option for dinner. A bit of a stew I guess but regardless of the lack of meat, it was nice – and we even had potatoes for a change! It’s amazing the things you miss when you know they aren’t available any more.
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