So, setting off from the dusty town of Tilcara, high up in the Argentinian Andes, but close to the Bolivian border, I began walking uphill out of town and fifteen minutes later I was past all the houses, at the sign marking the start of the trail. If you can't find a map with the trail marked, head up from the centre along Alverro.
|Road or trail|
The Luna Sandals are a joy to walk in. They feel as close to walking barefoot as you can get, without damaging the soles of your feet. This is in part due to the simple construction: a flat sheet of vibram rubber, in the shape of a foot, with three holes in it, and a thin suede footbed. Combine this with a long leather lace which threads through the holes and ties around your ankles and you will see why - there simple isn't any "shoe" to cover your foot, just a sole and a lace, so they feel very open.
The sole provided excellent protection from the sharp rocks. While thicker than my Vibram Five Fingers, I could still feel a lot through the sole (this is a good thing!)
|Luna sandals - made for running|
|View from the trail|
I had never really intended these sandals for running (surely you can't run in an open sandal I thought), rather they looked like they would be a great piece of footwear for walking in hot climates, and lightweight enough to take travelling.
I don't know how well they will last, but first impressions are great and I think they are going to be a lot of fun. I'll be reporting back here.
|The trail to Garganta Del Diablo|