My relationship with nature has been a constant process of learning from the very start when I swore I would never do it again. During those early days, I took advantage of the 3 or 4 days of Easter to go on camping with my friends to Cerro Azul, a very popular beach south of Lima. But I did not feel comfortable as they liked drinking too much beer which made no sense to me. I was looking for a fraternal contact with nature and landscape.Thus, I met a group of elderly people named Los Caminantes (the hikers) who made short hikes on Sundays. That experience helped me know the rural areas which surround the city of Lima and are rarely visited by local people.
However, I wanted to spend more time in the countryside and overnight below the stars. I began attending clubs like Club Andino Peruano, where I learned that a true backpacker always carries his backpack without the help of porters and horses; the Americo Tordaya Club, where I took a rock climbing course; and finally I met the guys of the club called Tarpuy which means to blossom in Quechua.With Tarpuy, I hiked many trails located over 10,000 feet above sea level. What I recall the best now, however, is the 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Cusco, and our camping in the foothills of the snow-capped mountain of Pastoruri in Huaraz to ski the next day. I was not even 20, when I lived this fascinating story of brotherhood that comes to be in a different environment where all people help each other not to go hungry or cold.
At that time, I used to go on camping without any equipment or very basic. For example, I had no tent and often wore only a blanket or sleeping bag to protect against the cold as shown in the picture below. Now, however, I am better equipped because, over the years, I bought my tent, stove, and sleeping mat. They are things that I treasure so much.
The city of Lima is located on the coast, but most towns in the department of Lima are situated in the Andes. Thus, I have always been curious to sightseeing them. I have fond memories of my trips to towns such as Oyon, Cajatambo, Yauyos, and Matucana. Then I wanted to know other places of Peru, and one of my first long trips I did was to visit Kuelap in the department of Amazonas.
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