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... the worst of the trip. They served us pancakes with hot chocolate. I drank the chocolate but no pancakes for me, so hungry, tired, and mad at our guide, we started the longest day. The climb started with some more stairs up to the second highest peak which was a great way to warm up. We had the opportunity to stop at some more ruins about halfway up the peak, which was an old military outpost the Incas used to watch the pass, and messenger stopping point for ...
... to do this. Look at the map picture. You can see how this portion of the trek was supposed to be the easiest and flattest and we were struggling!
The amazing lunch revived us (cebeche, pumpkin soup, garlic bread, trout, potatoes, avocado) and we continued the trek up to Ayapata where we camped the first night. The after noon was much better for walking I think we had accepted the difficulty and changed ...
... pass and climbing down to a campsite.
The walking sticks were essential. Sometimes I used them almost like crutches going down so they took my weight to try to protect my knees. After the first day when our two guides saw how much I was struggling they suggested that Steve and I get up half an hour earlier the next morning - the killer day - and get a head start on the rest of the group with one of them. That meant getting up at 4:30 on Day 2!
It turned out to be ...
... all the way back up to Cusco rising by 1000m. This time in Macu Picchu should have acclimatised us so looking forward to Cusco. The group we are with are very pleasant and we are getting in very well with them. Perhaps tomorrow I'll remember to take some photos with my phone so I can post them on the blog! Not really up to this blogging ...
... into steep valleys with villages and small rivers nestled at the bottom. To add even more interest, many slopes have Inca terraces built into them. I hope I have some photos to do it justice; the country is gorgeous. We passed thru the village of Pisac, where for the first time we saw the older women in traditional dress of leggings, gathered skirt, bright shawl, and tall hat. There were cattle scattered about, not in pastures, but by the ...
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