We found some amazing, free camp spots on this stretch. From beautiful valleys with crystal clear rivers (something we have been longing for) to mountain top eucalyptus forests, Peru has it all. The people in the villages and on the road are mostly curious and friendly, asking us many questions about our journey and sometimes sharing their tamales with us (traditional Peruvian corn dumplings with different fillings – usually chicken, egg, pork, beef or vegetables – wrapped in corn husks).
We caught a collectivo car (shared taxi) back to Caraz. The car left with three passengers but picked up a few more on the way – until there was 12 people somehow squeezed into it. Five in the trunk, four on the rear seat and three in the front. The transport system in Peru is an experience in itself – so efficient! Who would want to be sitting in a nice, spacious tourist bus if you can have those kinds of real-deal experiences.
After a day of resting our tired and sore legs in Caraz we will be back in the saddle tomorrow, heading for Huaraz.