Bouquete is famous for its beautiful surroundings and the cooler climate.
And you can feel it immediately - but it was nice to wear socks and a light pullover again - but we soon needed more than that.
The first few days we spent relaxing, discovering the village and chatting with people we met in our hostel. There were a lot of people from the U.S. and Canada like Steve. He was on a trip with his motorbike down to Ushuaia. One evening we plant to visit an old friend of Stefan again, Volcano Baru. 13,5 km, over 2200 m of altitude difference and that in a one day hike.
The travel guides say only for advanced hikers, as this is a tough one. So our bell was ringing at 23.15 as we try to get some sleep before, we grabbed our backpacks and we're ready to go.
The way was not easy to walk as it was full of rubble and went almost all the time steady up. Our friends Rike and Martin lent us two walking sticks which helped a lot, but Steve hasn't got one. So he cutted a bamboo et voila two fancy walking sticks with leaves that looked like little flags.
They were really the hit among the hikers we met. After 6 hours we reached the top of Volcano Baru right in time before sunrise. And there it was freaking cold and windy. So but on everything we found in our backpacks including caps and cloves and waiting for the sun. And the view was it really worth. As from Baru you can see two oceans - the Atlantik and the Pacific. Later we had a little lunch break in a small computer room to warm up a little before going back the same way.
As Stefan comes from the mountains he knows that going down is sometimes the harder part and his knees sometimes hurts. So he uses the sticks while I thought I was doing fine. But after a while I feel a little pain in my left knee, which became bigger and bigger.
After a few km I knew this will be for me the longest way down ever...
But we all made it with more or less pain down and back to our car.
I was never so happy to see our Benz again.