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... dark, our guide rushed us outside to see the sky and I can honestly say I've never seen the sky so blue. They also made us a hot rum drink with lemon which went down well with the Peruvian saying Arriba, Debajo, Al Cento, en Dentro. This means above, below, in the middle, inside. After leaving the tent for bed the sky was now dark, yet lit up with stars. I hadn't seen this many since that one night in Belize. It was ...
... and all we kept on thinking about was that the porters had been carrying all the food since Cusco!
The second night was a mere 7°c as we were 3800 meters above sea level. We wore so many layers to try to keep warm but we still shivered all night due to us insisting on bringing our own summer sleeping bags. They were lighter to carry and saved us paying out to rent the company's, but were definitely not sufficient against icy mountain ...
... the rest of our group to get there, apply sunscreen and use the bathroom despite only having walked for about thirty minutes. At this rate, I felt it would take us forever to get to our next camp. The next section was more challenging as it was hot, humid, and there was much more of an ascent in altitude. Bre ended up being the pacesetter for our group of 3 (Tony from New Zealand being our third), as my lead was just that little bit quicker ...
... first group to arrive and waited there for two hours as more and more groups joined the queue. At 5:30am our tickets were checked and we were allowed on our way to the iconic archaeological site. The weather was once again poor and we could see little from the steep and narrow path other than a drop extending into the haze. After a steep climb up more steps we arrived at the Sun Gate to find more heavy cloud and an extremely limited view. We continued on for another hour on a slippery ...
... to as the monkey stairs where it was so steep you had to use hands and feet. There was a lot of high fiving on day 4. Of course all that extra hard work was for nothing. The clouds were still hanging over head and we couldn't see anything below. Machu Picchu was still elusive. Pachamama only has so many miracles. Plus it's the rainy season. As we trekked downhill from the sun gate we started passing the first train tourists who were hiking up and Adam (from the other Wayki ...
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