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Last Wednesday, three friends and I went to Boquillas del Carmen and met our guide. The drove us (incredible experience in itself) up to El Jardin, and then over to some beautiful Pinon Woods. the next morning we hiked over to the Ridge that runs over to El Pico, The place was lush with grasses. I was getting really fatigued by MULTIPLE up and down over numerous arroyos, so we made it only the Edge, where we camped. It was one of the most beautiful campsites I've ever had. Flawless skies and great views of the Chisos in the Far Distance. We got up early and again hiked across a few arroyos and then to the saddle under El Pico. The descent is extraordinary difficult, especially for me. I became dehydrated about a 1/3 of the way down, and my good friends divided up my gear and even strapped my backpack on. The trail was very very faint, and many spots are hard to find. I would NOT recommend this without a guide, but our guides were splendid. The entire descent is very steep, no shade, and much loose gravel and overhanging boulders and trees. I was often really nervous. It took all my concentration to just keep my footing. Thankfully my friends had me chugging water and eating Goo, with that I made it to the bottom.My friends fared better than me and are in much better condition. I can't really decide what was going on. I was getting over a chest cold, and with the increased elevation, and my own 59 year old body, it was just about too much. However, I cannot exaggerate just how beautiful and awe inspiring the views are. We also looked down on Peregrine Falcons soaring BELOW us. Highly recommended, WITH a competent guide. I'll post information on that later.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/organize/?start_tab=new_setWe hiked down to San Jose Mine, a little closer than Puerto Rico
Thanks all. We paid 180.00 per person for the guide, which included them carrying the food and cooking for us. We had homemade Tamales, Posole and Juevos y Machaca (dried meat) We wound up asking them to pick us up at a different spot, Mina San Jose, and that cost 80.00 more.We stayed at Falcon's little Hotel in Boquillas, We had burrito dinner the night we got in, beers, breakfast the next moring and it was 150.00 total for all of us. The rooms were clean and nice, great clean showers and bathroom. Food at Falcon's is Excellent. There is NO water and we carried 2 1/2 gallons apiece for two nights and two days on the trail. It was just enough.
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