Saturday, July 11, 2009

Nothing in more American than the 4th of July. It’s a fun, festive, and of course, free time for Americans all over the world. In Perú, though, the 4th doesn’t mean much in my small town of Tomas, Yauyos. Therefore, I took advantage of this weekend to see a new part of the Reserva Paisajística Nor Yauyos Cochas, and visited the town of Vilca. Although Vilca isn’t any more patriotic than Tomas, but it is one of the most incredibly gorgeous places I’ve seen up close and personal.

Sarah and I (my fellow PC friend who also stayed in Yauyos for the 4th) went on a 3 day/2 night backpacking adventure to visit Vilca, a lake called Papacocha, and a forest of queñuales (a native Andean tree). What we found were breathtaking views and up close experiences with birds, waterfalls, trees, and even a local dog.

I don’t have much to write about Vilca, because the pictures and videos speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Dead, down and dry! Firewood in Vilca.

Sarah at a pool in Vilca

Some Quenales and the dry waterfalls in the background.

Some beautiful mossy waterfalls in Vilca

Who's excited to play in the waterfalls? This guy!

Looking pensive above the lake and quenal forest.

The tiny little town of Vilca...look at that river.

Cooking by the fire.

The evening colors, camping in a pasture on the side of a mountain.

Lake Papacocha and the beginning of the quenal forest.

A little video taken at the waterfalls of Vilca.


Sara said...

Awesome photos. What a grand trip, really beats hot dogs and fireworks which you'll have plenty of when you return to the US!

Mark Forsberg said...

If you would have been in Peace Corps Guatemala, you could have gone to a six hour dance party and American-style BBQ with fellow volunteers. But I guess hiking adventures are equally as awesome.