The next part of our hike after the Polylepis forest (see my previous post) took us past more beautiful landscapes, starting with the the Lagunas Unidas area
Again, because of the rain and the fog and the sheer density of the vegetation at some point we lost sight of the trail. Fortunately, I gathered enough courage to peek through the clearing you see below (courage? why courage? because I was sure any steps outside the trail would land me in another mud sinkhole!) and see a tiny plank bridge over a stream – our connection to the rest of the trail according to a map I had downloaded! Lucky not just for us that I spotted that (though it did take some searching to find a way to it through the forest), but for a poor couple that had been unsuccessfully looking for the rest of the trail for quite a while!
After finding the trail again, we soon reached the stunning area of Laguna Totoras. What a delight to hike in this place.
We took a break. Sat down on the stone covered with yellow moss. Marvelled at the lake, the reeds, the calm, the moving fog, the vastness... And then the habibi felt the impulse to do Butoh once more. The stark contrast of his bright red fan against the background, the wind and drizzle, his improvisation... stunning.
Afterwards, we remained somewhat longer, just taking it all in. We still had about a third of the way to go, but we had no intention of rushing...