We had a very interesting day, including some wild weather that forced us to make alternate plans.
This morning was very nice at the Hacienda Guáytara with sun overhead, but threatening clouds to the East, the direction of Antisana. We left the Hacienda at and headed into the Antisana Ecological Reserve. While we were completing our entrance paperwork we could see Antisana being hit with rain, snow, and lightning. The thunder was audible from our location.
The other guides and I held a meeting to discuss our options. Camping at our location and making a summit attempt from there really didn't seem like a reasonable choice, as adding 3km to the approach would add too much to an already very big day.
We then headed back towards the Pan American Highway and to the southwest to Chuquiragua Lodge. We enjoyed a Chinese food style dinner of sweet-and-sour chicken and fried rice.
Cheers from all of us,