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... or likeable than any of the others I had hiked in the past 4 days. They all suck. They are either too short or too tall and cause muscles to burn with only a few steps. I hate stairs. When I made my way, patiently, back to Mark I found him in the Huayna Picchu line up which was no shorter than it had been when I'd left. He had his umbrella out to provide a little shade. At least it was being used after 4 days of trekking on the inca trail. At 1100 on the dot we signed our names and ...
... The hail was actually painful! We were walking down stone steps and with the hail and rain I was impressed no one broke any bones or twisted any ankles! Again we had a brillant campsite with amazing views of the mountains. Day 5.....3.15am start!!!! It was still dark! We were ready by 4am and then had to walk for 10mins to then stand in a que until 5.30am when the control hut opened. We then had a 2 hour walk to the Sun Gate and the view from the Sun Gate ...
... 28 days.
- The wall behind this sun temple is flat with no mortar and at a 15 degree angle to make it earthquake proof with small stones at bottom to absorb shocks - fascinating designs by them with no computers to help them!
- As we climbed we passed a small botanical garden containing food, medicine etc. and even includes coco leaves which is unusual for this height, but they were acclimatised gradually using the raked mountain ...
I had never understood why they built it in such a remote location, and on top of a mountain, but the explanations were really simple.
Firstly it was the most beautiful and spiritual place they had ever seen, and its mountain ridge aligned perfectly with the rising and setting sun for worship.
Secondly, being at the end of a mountain ridge with near vertical cliffs on ...
... Valley, and then climbs onto the altiplano to Ollyantaytambo. A lovely view on both sides of the valley. Then another bus ride for 2 hours back to Cusco. We all went out for dinner at our favourite restaurant that we discovered during our first stop in Cusco ... Plenty of celebrating, telling and re-telling of the adventures we all had over the past 5 days on the ...
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