Here is a blog from Alpha 2, humorously written throughout the Miratombo trek....
The trek started with a 2-day ride on a school bus, little did we know we were being taken to the school of hard knocks! Each morning we wake up at 03.30hours and eat porridge. The breakfast monotony was made up for however by the butterfly variety fluttering by as we slurped on our nutritious trek fuel.
The trek is going really well, we make good time each day and are coping well with the heat.
However, we rarely get the opportunity to wash, resulting in a few whiffs amongst the group. It isn't for the want not to try however - we would turn our noses up and snub a river of gold if it were to be flanked by a river of water in which we could bathe!
Each house we encounter on our trek has a number of farmyard animals attached, and one particularly bolshy pig has eaten our bar of soap, some peanuts and an avocado. And god only knows what savagery would have ensued were this trek to become an avocado-free environment (we like avocados).
Update: since the last diary entry the heat has ground us down to dust. No words that I write could emphasise enough the amount of sweat pouring from our brows on a daily basis. However th amazing views make up for it!
The volcanoes have now been conquered, and in some style, with a sunrise ascent of Cerro Negro. We found the sink hole of El Hoyo and made it to the Laguna.
The highlights of the trek included seeing a small girl hit a pig in the face with a 5-foot stick, the views from the mountains, seeing everybody work hard together, each day’s conversations and, of course, the finish!
An amazing and unforgettable trek!