Nature rules us all and makes us do crazy things. Going on a two-hour ride at one in the morning is one of them. The destination? Tres Cruces in the Manu National Park, known as the world’s best place to watch a sunrise.
Sitting on an Andean mountain top, packed in blankets and sleeping bags to face the astonishing cold, nothing can spoil a view on one of the most beautiful sunrises in the world. Except nature itself: by throwing a thick pack of clouds between the mountains. On a clear day, the view carries well into the Peruvian jungle and even some parts of Amazonia are visible. Not this time, though.
On my way to Cusco, I had the luck to see a brilliant sunrise from the plane, with colours changing from yellow into red, orange, purple and gold. Before visiting Tres Cruces (one of the most eastern Andean slopes) I had great hopes of an even more magical experience. The sunrise itself turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. On the other hand, being above the clouds gave a great impression of the height (about 4000 m). It is like flying in an aircraft with both feet on the ground of Mother Nature.