Nice to Meet You, Machu Pichu

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Puente del Incas, this is an Inca built bridge that traverses across the cliff face in the photo

Whilst on a train trip in Brazil we met up with a Brazilian guy with whom we had a very pidgin English conversation about where all the good travel spots were in South America. At one stage he started saying to me "nice to meet you", and I put out my hand and said "likewise, cheers mate".... after many repeats of this really formal farewell, we suddenly realised that the poor guy was just trying to say his favourite tourist spot in South America....  "Machu Picchu" - the famous Inca trail in Peru. Hence, Machu Pichu´s name changed forever to us!

We got to Cuzco and excitedly met up with Dave and Lynn who had flown in from the UK for the week to join us on the trail. The first few days we spent relaxing in Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital - turned tourist capital which nowdays caters mainly for people going to or returning frm the Inca trail.

Daring Dave hanging over the edge, Inca Bridge in the background
The Incas built a massive network of stone paths through the Andes on which they used to run their goods for trade and communications. They are truly amazing constructions - through very rugged mountain countryside and in some cases over long distances. In fact when were on the border of Argentina and Chile a few months afterwards, we found out that we are actually driving on a road that followed the orginal Inca trail from there to Cuzco, well over 2500km. The amazing thing is that they were built by hand, all in the space of about 100 years.

We started the trail with our new group of friends in our tour group (14 of us - 7 couples) and started walking through the valleys that start the trek after the famous start point- KM 82 on the rail route.

Machu Pichu covered in Cloud....
The 1st day was nice and gentle until the last hour or so when we took a steep uphill to our campsite. The camping was real 5 star stuff, woken up  with bowls of warm water to wash in, nice comfy tents and sleeping bags... that was more like it!!!

Unfortunately Dave´s cough caught up with him on the 2nd morning and he had to turn around, go back downhill and get to a hotel and try and get rid of it. The plan was that he would get a train to the end of the hike (Machu Pichu) and meet up with us there. We carried on and soon realised that Dave had made a good decision by going back down since Day2 was really tough, we climbed alot and came back down alot, and got into camp really exhausted just as the rain started at 6 that night. Really good sleep that night!!!

The third day was easier, with only a 4 hour walk and then, luxury of all luxuries, a HOT shower at the end of it!! We made full use of that and even got stuck into a few beers (really only a few since we had to be up a 4 the next morning).

Classic Machu Pichu team photo
Unfortunately the early rise was of no avail. The reason that you get up so early is to get to the "Sun gate" as the sun rises, and get an amazing view over the whole Inca site. Bad luck for us - the weather was rainy and low clouds and mist meant that we couldn´t see a thing! Apart from Dave that is, who had managed to recover and walk up to meet us in the morning.

Fortunately by 11 the cloud had cleared a bit and we managed to get a few of the classic picture of us with the whole site in the background. An amazing expreience, made infintely better for having Dave and Lynn there to share it with.

That night was fairly subdued as we got back to Cuzco exhausted, forced ourselves out to eat the local delicacy (roast ginea pig) and returned home to collapse into bed. Dave and Lynn made theie way back the next day and we also got on a bus to Arequippa, trying to deal with the "its all over" feeling by focusing on the trip back to the UK  for Ems wedding - coming up in 1 months time!

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Puente del Incas, this is an Inca …
Puente del Incas, this is an Inca…
Daring Dave hanging over the edge,…
Daring Dave hanging over the edge…
Machu Pichu covered in Cloud....
Machu Pichu covered in Cloud....
Classic Machu Pichu team photo
Classic Machu Pichu team photo
The classic Machu Pichu view
The classic Machu Pichu view
Dave and Lynn
Dave and Lynn
Dave and Lynn at the temple of 3 w…
Dave and Lynn at the temple of 3 …
Lindy poses  well in front of more…
Lindy poses well in front of mor…
The quarry where the rocks were ob…
The quarry where the rocks were o…
Jose the guide getting into his ex…
Jose the guide getting into his e…
Reunited with a semi recovered Dave
Reunited with a semi recovered Dave
Happy days! Seeing our campsite at…
Happy days! Seeing our campsite a…
Lynn manages a smil up Dead Woman…
Lynn manages a smil up Dead Woman…
View from Wayna Wayna campsite on …
View from Wayna Wayna campsite on…
Daybreak on the 2nd morning
Daybreak on the 2nd morning
More Inca ruins on the 1st day of …
More Inca ruins on the 1st day of…
Jose our guide
Jose our guide
Dave and Lynn listen in to our gui…
Dave and Lynn listen in to our gu…
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