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... farmed and worshiped in the many temples. The whole site is an amazing feat of construction: terraces to strengthen the hillsides, extensive drainage works under the buildings (accounting for 80% of the site construction). Perhaps it was a satellite city built with the intention of moving into the lowlands. Whatever the reason, the city appears to have been suddenly abandoned. Excavations revealed mostly female skeletons, buried, not in tombs as was the normal practice but on ...
... they're very careful with security of the Trail - and stamped - I now have a page full of stamps from various checkpoints - before we were allowed to begin. Day one was a doddle. Relatively speaking. It's not like nipping to Southside or Castlepoint, it was a serious walk, but by comparison to day two it was a doddle.
Throughout the tour your porters go ahead of you. They are local people who are insanely fit. Or just mental. Every time we arrived at a lunch stop or ...
... Picchu. Everywhere we went was either a different or better view from the last one and we had to go up or down steps to get anywhere. There weren't too many level paths. Before he left us at the end of the tour, Jose took us to the restaurant where a buffet lunch was included in our ticket. Margot and I both tried some alpaca steaks which tasted a bit like pork. It was disguised a bit by the elderberry sauce it was in and tasted okay but I had trouble getting my ...
... and it wasn't as nice anymore, so we went down and visited the ruins ourselves too.
I spare you the details of the site itself, but the overall feeling is one of balance, careful planning and design. The whole city flows from one area to the other, horizontally and vertically, going up and down, from temples and worship places to the observatory at the top, to the quarters below, to the terraces, it's one good feeling. As you wander around, you do not ...
... were on our way and within fifteen minutes we were at the start of the Inca Trail.
Being a walker I am used to carrying all my own gear, so I quickly dismissed the option for a porter. That meant Andrew and I carried approximately 12kgs during the four day trek (including water). Normally at sea level this is considered a light pack, at altitude every kilo increases the effort exponentially! In retrospect I probably should have paid for a personal porter. What's ...
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