Transcordillera!

This was a note to the parent’s of my trekking companions in Bolivia, who were still in the field for another two or three days

TransCordillera! (to the Cordillera trekkers families)
Hola!

My name is Phil Magistro. I joined Jennifer and Jessica on a trek through the Cordillera Real this month. I left the trek a few days early, so the girls asked me to send out an email updating you on what is happening with them here in Bolivia.

0010 Driving to Sorata
0020 Sorata
0030 Jen and Phil buying groceries
0040 Heading to trek
0050 Heading to trek
0055 Mwonos 357
0060 resting at natalio's house
0070 natalio and mario's house
0080 Jess hiking
0090 photo card 512 230
0095 Mwonos 361
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0170 Villager farming potatoes
0180 Villager farming potatoes
0190 Pasta and Anicleto
0200 top of a pass
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0215 Mwonos 365
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0410 Mario offering to Pachamama
0415 Mwonos 371
0420 Jen with Llamas
0430 photo card 512 300
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0450 Natalio cooking
0455 Mwonos 372
0460 rest day
0470 taking it easy
0480 miss. jen medina
0490 jen's back to the mountain
0500 phil in lounge mode
0501 Mwonos 373
0502 Mwonos 374
0505 Mwonos 375
0510 photo card 512 315
0520 Packing the mules
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0620 jess & jen livin it up
0630 natalio in pass gear 4990m
0640 the crew paso mullu 4990m
0650 photo card 512 338
0660 phile soaking it all in
0670 treking on the road
0680 msr ad
0690 like father like son natalio & mario
0700 jess jen & phil
0710 Phil heading out
0720 Phil heading out

We left on May 8th for a 16 day trek from Sorata to Tuni. There was talk of imminent blockades between La Paz and Sorata…but the date for the blockades was pushed back to the 15th, then the 20th, and now doesn’t look like they will be happening at all. The girls will be arriving in Tuni in a few days, recovering their things from Sorata, and continuing with their travels. All was well on the trek…..lots of interesting steep terrain and big mountains…cold mornings, mules, interesting cultural exchanges, tiny little villages with the most humble Aymaran residents….people who in their lifetime may never see the town two valleys away. I am sure they will update you more fully when they get back to civilisation…..until then know that all is well!

Take care,
Phil Magistro

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