Machu Picchu, Inka Trail
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Ok, first of all this entry is dedicated to my wee sis who turned 17 whilst I was doing the trek. The first photo is also dedicated to her(I will upload the pics later as I tried on this comp and it is so old it wont let me!).
So happy 17th sis, hope you had a great time and liked your present!!
Lots of love Jxxxx
We had to get up at 5am to get ready as the bus was picking us up at 5:30am...so we got up at 5:25am, skipped a shower and were pulling on our clothes when the bus arrived!
The journed on bus took about an hour and I managed to get some broken sleep. They took us to a small village where we got some breakfast and a stick for walking with.
We then headed on for another 20min to the start of the trail.
The moring walk was pretty easy, luring us into a false sense of security, and the sun was beating down nicely.
The porters are amazing. They used to carry up to 40kg each but now the government has limited it to 25kg(how nice of them!). They basically run past you with all the stuff on their backs and make you feel extremely unfit!
Now our guide had told us it was not a race and to take it easy and of course this made us all super competative and we were pushing ourselves to be the first to get to each camp which, on reflection, was pretty stupid!
The second half of the day was pretty hard. The air is really thin and difficult to breathe when you are sweating and walking.
Camp was set up when we arrived and every1 was exhausted so after a couple of beers which we got off of tellers and another amazing meal we went straight to bed.
We were up at 6am and after breakfast we headed off.
Today was incredibly difficult. Up a huge incline most of the day to Dead womans pass. I swear this was probably the most difficult day of my life. It was so hard to breathe, the sun was scorching and it was up huge hills!
I dont think I have ever sweated so much and my top was stained white with salt by the lunch.
Once again the meals were great. There was a downhill section after Dead womans pass which was easier and then more uphill.
By the time we reached final camp we were all ready for bed and we slept like logs.
This was promised to be the easiest day and after day 2 it was pretty easy going.
Dont get ne wrong, it was still bloody hard and we were all pissing woth sweat, but after yesterday I was still thankful.
We reached final camp at 2pm and had the day to do what we wanted. We played cards in a big group which was really good.
Tomorrow is Machu Picchum woo!
Woke up so so tired. Had a good sleep but still could have used ample more!
It was really foggy and we were all hoping it was going to clear.
The walk to Machu Picchu was pretty easy. The path dropped away to sheer cliff on the right which was a bit scary since our guides insisted on telling us how many people had fallen to their deaths!
We arrived at a point to see the ruins and it was still bloody foggy. After three days of extremely difficult walking, my legs aching, I was pretty damn pissed off to tell you the truth.
Another half hour and we were there. We were goven a guided tour and the site is unbelievable. How the place was built I will never understand. Getting all of the rocks up there, shaping them, fitting them, and setting up things like points where the sun creates a shaped shadow at a different points on the 21st of every month! I wonder if we could even achieve such brilliance today?!
We also walked up Waynapicchu(god knows why since our legs were already aching), and the views at the top were stunning. Some of the steps are incredibly steap and there are huge drops to the side at several points so anyone with vertigo should avoid this.
Afterwards we went to the hot springs which is just what the muscles needed, and then a train back to Cuzco which we nearly missed by staying in the springs way too long.
The train journey was a bloody nightmare. Jittering all over the place, slaming on the brakes and reversing for who knows what reason and the seats were tiny.
We had planned to go out as a group tonight but by the time we got back no one could be arsed. I ended up in the Hostal bar with the 3 English guyswhich was a good laugh and we all organized to go out tomorrow which will be eventful no doubt!