The Inca Trail
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The last 4 days have been spent on the Inca Trail, something I have dreamed of doing for most of my life. I did the walk with Sanjay, who came out to Peru especially for this and with a group of 14 in total (7 english, 5 australians, a kiwi and an american). The trekking company Llama Path was excellent, with great food and brilliant service and we were spurred on by the Red Army, the porters who unlike most companies all walk together and are well equipped for walking with boots and poles.
The first day was pretty easy, a flat walk for 3 hours along the Urubamba river to our lunch stop. After our first taste of the great and abundant food to come, we walked another hour steep uphill to our campsite at 3300m, 300m higher than most companies camp in order to give us an easier second day.
Day two we left camp just before 7 to start the climb up to Dead Woman's Pass at 4200m.
Day three was much easier, with a gentle two hour walk on the flat and then a descent to 2600m to Wiñay Waynu where we camped for the third night. Bit tough on the knees, but the inca site there was a sight for sore eyes. We finished walking at lunchtime and had the rest of the day off.
The last day was a very early start to get first to the guard post just outside the camp.
Sanjay and I, plus three of the group stayed on in Aguas Calientes for an extra night, where we spent a few relaxing hours in the thermal baths with a beer or two that were well deserved. Inca trail, job done, TICK!