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... our heads. My mop of hair means I have extra insulation, which may account for why I was so warm). High-fiving and celebrating reaching the top, we were relieved to know it was all downhill from here. Before leaving for the descent, we had our Incan ceremony. Producing the three coca leaves and rock we had carried from the start, we made three wishes and thanked Pachmama and the Sun God. We also thanked the 4 mountains that stood protecting us and making a sacrifice ...
... a car were (we guessed) some form of royalty, being greeted by two figures at the top of steps draped in red carpet. All very magical... But we needed to leave. Time was up and Jesse messaged saying that he was (supposedly) 10 minutes away.
Dragging Kate away from the decidedly royal occasion, I picked up even more pace. 15 minutes later and with 5 minutes to spare, we were at the Plaza Real, beside the Sheraton. Jesse rolled up half an hour ...
... quickly than I would like to, but we were soon smoothly on the ground below the surrounding mountains, thankful for another safe air journey and eager to see Cusco.
A 15 minute transfer to our hotel with advice to rest up for an hour or so to allow the body to adjust to the altitude - 3400 metres for a long time feels real bazaar. Nomes described it as somebody sitting on her chest, for me it was light headedness, and a strange floating feeling and ...
... a little but were soon slowed down by the passport/entry control people and the foot of the trail. It was like going through airport security a little, they checked our passport numbers and gave us a stamp which was better than the official peru entry one and off we went again.
It was immediately quite steep like it was trying to test you for the days to come, we were overtaken by the porters left right and centre but that again became a common theme on the trek, ...
... it was ok. It had one hell of a kick to it and David was left to finish it. When the drinks arrived, Maria's spicy pisco sour and David's spicy chilcano were both delicious. We were all a bit peckish but didn't fancy eating in the bar so we shared an antipasto platter which included alpaca meat instead of the usual salamis and ham.