On the way up to Los Pinos I just had to follow a small road. This road is a mixture of half paved road and proper dirt road and you have just trees around you. I met a couple of motor cycles but 99% of the time there was nothing around. I heard lots of different birds and the sound of the cicadas were deafening at times, wish i could upload a sound file here. There is also the occasional waterfall and creek along the toad at start, perfect to use to cool down a bit. To bad this is not further up the mountain.
All of a sudden along my walk i came across a bunch of green bananas and a load of yellow, empty beer cans. This looked highly out of place in the middle of nowhere with not a person in sight. Just the combination didn't make sense what so ever!
After Casa Elemento the dirt road turns in to a smaller path and I did the final climb up. And then started my long hike down hill. Most of the time i was walking in the shadow of the trees on the way up but going down it was more sunny patches. The clouds that was in the sky previously decided to go away. This made the hike down a bit sweaty. Saying that though, the hike up was also very sweaty so was very happy about my 1.5 litres of water.
All of the sudden i came to a crossing and i had no clue if i should take a right, left, sharp left or go straight. My guess was to continue straight but still wasn't sure. Luckily some kids came running and asked where i was going and they pointed me in the right direction. And of course my gut feel was wrong, a sharp left was the way to go.
The last hour and a half of the hike was very uneventful, by this time I had reached a paved road and my legs and butt were dead. I could also feel that my knee had not appreciated this little hike, when do i learn how to rest?! Only thing that caught my attention was some horses and mules hanging at the side of the road. I also started to think about the ice cream i would reward myself with when i passed a small little kiosk that i knew would appear after an hour or so.
Finally reached the kiosk and ordered myself a home made passionfruit ice cream. Not sure if i was more happy about the ice cream or that i now knew that i only had about 15 minutes left until i reached Minca again!!!
Although i heard a lot of birds, I only seen one little colourful one. Bit disappointed about this. I was told that its a 6-7 hour hike but i did it in 5 hours, maybe if i would have slowed down a bit then i might have seen some more birds:)
How to get to Los Pinos???
Just continue on the road after the church in Minca. After about two hours you come to a crossing, just take a left, there is also a sign toward Casa Elemento here. After Casa Elemento you take the path up further in to the forest. About four hour in to the hike when you get to a bigger crossing then take a sharp left down the hill. Continue walking and then you get back to Minca.
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