The routes are remote and just arduous enough to appreciate the stops when Pedro the muleteer will pull down a freezer bag of home-made lemonade and a bottle of fino.
Considerable difficulty was experienced in finding a trustworthy man to act as muleteer , [and]… we were repeatedly disappointed in the non-arrival of our day's water and provisions.
The cost for a week of trekking in the park for two hikers - plus a scout, a guide, a muleteer , and two pack animals (all mandatory) - was roughly $200.
While the muleteer and packhorses beelined for the next camp through the tilled fields, we insisted that the four of us hike along the escarpment for the rest of the journey.
Price above includes sample round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Lima and a climbing package that includes transfers, hotels, camping equipment, most meals, guide, park fees, cooks, porters, donkeys, and muleteer .
I went off in search of a muleteer called Dorje; voices soon hollered his name from rooftop to window to fields and back again.
He watched departures from harbours, joined drovers crossing fords and muleteers breasting hills, embarked on ferries for no purpose.
Before the invention of the fridge, the track, artfully cut into the contours of the hill, was used by muleteers to haul down snow to be stored in a deep pit, which can still be seen.
The final, and perhaps the most important reason to make, at the very least, an attempt at a language, is to entertain bored guides, muleteers and border police.
Our caravan was vast - muleteers and porters were in the lead; head porter, cook and guide tramped behind them in the middle; Olivia and I brought up the rear, some seventeen people and two ponies in all.