We enjoy cocktails with our upstairs neighbors Terry and Sofie, have a simple dinner at Casa Serena, then head to bed early on Tuesday. As we are on our way to bed we note the clear night sky lit up by a full moon and beautiful stars.
The alarms go off at 3 am. We are lucky - the sky is still as brilliant as when we went to bed. We dress, have a quick cup of coffee then walk to the Valle Escondido restaurant to meet our driver at 4am. Alex is waiting for us in his highly modified 4x4. 20 minutes later he had driven through town and up past the coffee plantations to the start of the trail. This is part 1 of the trip - very easy on the paved roads. Alex explains that part 2 will be rough and parts 3 and 4 will be very rough.
There are points in the journey where the jeep is on a 35-40 degree angle. We pass by three different groups of hikers on our way up. I can't imagine hiking the trail in broad daylight much less at night. It takes us only 1 hour 25 minutes to reach the summit. Alex explains we made very good time - the ground is dry, and that sometimes the trip up takes 2 hours.
After a couple of other short stops we arrive back at Casa Serena by 9 am. We are tired but everyone is happy we took the trip.