Lunch was served at a little village called San Juan De Chuccho. Thankfully we were served a more substantial meal than breakfast. Included was a vegetable soup made from squash, carrots, and potato. We were also served a plate of rice and vegetables with beef. Being a vegetarian I was served a quiche and avocado instead of beef. Forty minutes later we set off towards the lodge for the night.
The hike to Sangalle Oasis, the canyon lodge, took about three hours. For Mike and I it could have been quicker but since we were hiking in a larger group our guide wanted us to pause and wait for the others. We didn’t mind actually, it gave us time to catch our breath.
The lodge was beautiful but also rustic. It had a pool, but by the time we got to the lodge the sun was starting to set and the weather was cooling off. We were so dusty from the hike that we went in the pool regardless of the temperature. It was pretty cold! I forgot to pack a towel with me so I had to air dry afterwards. The rooms were basically outdoor huts. No electricity, no attached bathroom. Luckily Mike & I were given our own room, but solo travellers were roomed in dorms.
Another thing I need to mention is that the lodge does not have toilet paper. Bring your own personal wipes for every excursion out of the city because you aren’t guaranteed to have toilet paper. I heard that some people were using old receipts and pieces of paper. You do NOT want that to be you! There is running water but you also need to bring your own hand soap.
I mentioned in my post about Lima & Huacachina that there are dogs everywhere, and I meant everywhere. The Oasis was pretty much in the middle of nowhere, and yet there were quite a few furry friends living there. This dog was chilling at the lodge, and another black dog followed us up the entire mountain the second day!
Food at the lodge was disappointing. At 7:30pm we were fed some kind of creamy soup as well as spaghetti noodles with butter and chopped tomato on top. The portions were small and after a long day of walking it didn’t fill us up. After dinner we were served chamomile tea and sent off to bed.