High in the Peruvian Andes
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999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me
Looking at a rough map, I figure I can drive over Portachuelo pass (4767m), through a couple of small towns on the Eastern side of the Andes, and back over Punta Olimpica (4890m), to be back in the thick of it before lunch. The plan works well, though it takes an entire day of driving on horrendous rocky roads, with no directions or signs to help me along. Just before dusk I drive through a heavy snow storm on Punta Olimpica, then drop steeply into the valley where I find a great campsite away from the road.
The following morning I hike for six hours up to Punta Yanayacu (4850m), just to enjoy the view, before coming back down and camping another night in the middle of nowhere.