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- time: 7:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- distance: 10 km.
- highlights: walk up to the pass (Rinconada); more Illampu Massif views; the view of Lago San Francisco from the day’s high point
- high point: 4889 m
- campsite: above Lago San Francisco in what initially seemed like an unlikely place to put up the tents. Somehow it all worked out just fine!
- Route: download day’s kml file here; you can open it in the Google Earth app.
As the elevation chart illustrates, the day’s walk involved a reasonably gradual ascent to the point labelled Rinconada on the Google map. Then it was down to our campsite above Lago San Francisco. The vehicles were able to drive up to the top of the lake via a round-about route. To speed things up, everyone helped to put up the tents and distribute the duffel bags and within a half-hour, we were all able to crawl into our tents and do what would become an afternoon ritual – unpack the duffel and set everything back up again.
In the photo above you can see the vehicles still at the campsite. Visible further down in the valley is the village of Llojena. We headed off by 7:45, having sat down for breakfast by 7.
Not as breathtaking as looking at the changing face of the Cordillera Real – but still a wonder to behold – was the Altiplano to the west. For the first few days, we would be able to see a bit of Lake Titicaca in the distance and even make out the Isla del Sol!
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