Trekking The Bolivian Inca Trail: Day 3

Trek 3-0

Day three was all about walking along the floor of the cloud covered jungle.

“The trek continues down the Rio Coscapa valley where forests are more developed. The vegetation will be showing more vegetation with lovely larger canopies adorned by bromeliads, mosses and orchids. Bird life is more abundant. After another 6-7 hour walk you will finally reach Chairu at 4,592 ft. (1,400 m). Transfer by car to Coroico. Trip back to La Paz.”

Trek 3-1This photo was taken hours after our 5:00 a.m. wake-up call. We departed from camp in the rain and in pitch blackness, and walked for more than an hour along a narrow path right on the edge of a very precipitous fall–definitely not a place for a slip up!

Trek 3-2A slightly-blurry photo of me (it was still quite dark!) standing in front of one of the many waterfalls that we would pass on the third day of the trek.

Trek 3-3The final suspension bridge of our three-day mountain to jungle trek. Over the course of the three days we descended more than 4,000 meters.

Trek 3-4The sun was starting to come out, but way down here below all the clouds it was hard to tell the time of day.

Trek 3-5The final uphill section of the entire journey!

Trek 3-6Walking in the clouds…

Trek 3-7Ferns, ferns, ferns…

Trek 3-8…and even more ferns!

Trek 3-9The hiking trail quickly disappears into the heavy vegetation. I couldn’t even count the times my head/face got slapped with vines or (wet!) tree branches.

Trek 3-10Nearing mid-day, and parts of the trail continued to get even darker!!!

Trek 3-11I was told that there is normally quite the view behind these plants.

Trek 3-12Humid but cool.

Trek 3-13Finally, towards the end of our trek, the clouds started to dissipate.

Trek 3-14All of the surrounding hills were once again visible…

Trek 3-15…as well as our final destination: a little sleepy jungle town on the crest of a hill. (Center of photo.)

Trek 3-16Celebrating victory as I crossed the “finish line!”

This trek was not only a celebration of my recent return to good health, it was also a celebration of the hope that resides in each and every person who lives with inflammatory arthritis, and of the will to keep moving.

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Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

  1. Jeff Kirby says:

    Awesome. So glad you have made such a great accomplishment. You have inspired me to push myself harder. Thanks so much for sharing your adventures.

  2. Carla says:

    It is just so amazing that you went from tears and not being able to move to this tremendous adventure. Congratulations on a remarkable journey — and not just on the hike!

  3. Lynne says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures. That trail had been a dream of mine my whole life. I am now a Grandma. Thank you for restoring hope!

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