The Inca Trail
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Flew to Cuzco, met the whole of our group for the inca trail - there were 14 of us doing the trail. spent most of the afternoon chilling to adjust to the altitude change from sea level to around 3400m. Drank lots of coca tea which helps you to adjust. Wandered into Cuzco in the evening for dinner - had pizza (ok not very peruvian but were about to have 4 days of local food on the inca trail!) and chicha morada, a local beer made of maize - yum!
Tour of the Sacred Valley. Stopped to look at Sacsayhuamen - an inca site which forms the head of the Puma shape of Cuzco (everything inca is pumas as they are a symbol of power!) Continued up the valley to Pisaq first going to the large inca site at the top of the hill and then down to the town for lunch.
Because of the strike we hadnt made it to the ruins so we got up at 6 to go and see them before we started the inca trail. Cesar explained how they slid huge stones (over 2 tonnes) for 10km from one side of the valley to the other for the temple at the top. After this drove to Km82 for the start of the inca trail!!! 3 days hiking, with a short hike on the 4th day to Machu Picchu - is too hard to describe and would be very long...so we'll just say it was AMAZING we both loved it despite the hardcoreness e.g. 3 hours solid steep uphill starting at 3350m at 6am to 4200m - though despite starting last with charlie's slave driving we still got to the top 2nd and 3rd!Arriving at Machu Picchu was incredible, watching the sunrise over it was indescribible! Even though we were about to die we still made ourselves climb up Wayna Picchu - the peak just behind Machu Picchu totally worth it for the veiws! An unforgetable experience!!!