The Inca Trail & Machu Piccu
Machu Picchu Travel Blog› entry 39 of 107 › view all entries
May 9th, 2006 – by: kerryandandrei
Day 1 - 11km. We started the trek at km 82 after getting the all important stamp in our passport! the walk started off fine it was mainly flat ground, with a some hills later on. I started off ok, but the weather was very hot and it eventually took its toll, so that by the time we reached camp I was so tired and extremely hungry!! We had lunch (the food on the trek was really good, when you considered the little amenities that were available to our porters) and then i had a rest. The boys meanwhile found the energy to play a game of footie with our porters!!
Day 2 - 9km. We were warned about today, that it was the killer, and it lived up to its expectation! We walked for 7 km uphill and it was tough going! By the time we got to the first rest point at 10am i was so tired.
Day 3- 16km. For me this day was the worst. I was so tired, dying for a shower and just sick of walking and the early starts! we left camp at 6am this day and didn´t reach camp until about 5! A long day. The route was mainly flat and downhill after the first initial uphill section, but that still didn´t cheer me up! We stopped for an early lunch at 11.30 and then had to carry on. Plus it was raining which was not good. The hightlight of the day was the stop at the Inca ruins of Winay Wayna. The ruins were really well preserved and set in a beautiful location. After that we headed downhill all the way to get to camp. Andrei found this section the hardest as his knees were killing him, but we made it in the end and then he had the energy to play a footie match again! There were showers at this camp, but as much as i was desperate for one i couldn´t face a cold one, Andrei did however and said it felt great, once you got past the cold!
Day 4 - 6km. We were up at 3.30am today -yes that is correct, 3.30!! We had to leave early to get the 1st bus up to Machu Piccu so that we could enjoy it at its quietest. As there was a landslide we were not able to walk the normal route and enter the site at the sun gate. So instead we had to walk along the railway lines for an hour in the dark, and then arrive at Machu Piccu town to get the bus! It was not an experience i want to repeat in a hurry, but we survived. We got to Machu Piccu at arround 6.30am. True the site was pretty quiet but it was also covered in fog so we could not see the great scenery taht we had been promised! we were of course quiet upset by this. JC our guide, showed us around the ancient Inca city for about an hour or so and then we were left to explore on our own. Most of us headed up to the sun gate to wait for the mist to rise. And it did at about 11am and the view was stunning! We took the classic shots and then at about 12pm left , just as the Japanese and American toursists were arriving in their hoards. We had lunch in Machu Piccu town and then headed for the hot springs to rest our aching muscles, and that was a great feeling! Then at around 3pm we caught the train back to Ollantaytambo and then a bus back to our hotel in Cusco. After much needed showers and changes of clothes we treated ourselves to a steak dinner and then collapsed in bed!
A great experience that i would thouroughly recommend....even though reading this you may not think i enjoyed it at all!
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