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... alot of effort to find suitable points to rest his size tens. Harry came home around ninth, beating only poor Basia who impressively did the Trail with a Peruvian parasite in her belly. Tough as nails these Poles.
After lunch on day two we climbed some more and descended some more before arriving at our campsite. I was sharing a tent with Aussie Lisa, as my regular room mate Explorer Dave did a different trek. No one else had volunteered to share with me, so Lisa took ...
... as the water evaporates the salt crystals appear. Only the top white 30 cm is good enough for human consumption. Then it becomes yellow and under the yellow it's brown. The yellow and brown crystals are used for exfoliation and other medicinal purposes. Each well is owned by a family who makes and harvests the salt.
In the beautiful snowcapped Chicon and Veronica mountains with the Cordillera Vilcanota as ...
... take the time to explain and share his culture.
We decided on this strategy when we saw 50 bus and hundreds of tourists flocking to see the terasses a stone throw away for the village. So instead of seeing major sites in an impersonal busy way, we visited smaller sites with no or only few vistors, took our time, and absorbed the Inca culture.
We visited three sites with Daniel our guide.
The Temple of the Moon. We hiked all morning ...
... was much, much less crowded. As everybody arrives early and there is a lot of going up and down, most people get tired around lunch time and then start leaving. They miss out on the best part of the day with the sun getting lower and the shadows getting longer and the colours warmer, putting the site in the best light.
So we went down again and visited the ruins at a more leisurely speed, and not seeing too many people.
I took selfies with lamas ...
... walk and the bad aroma of these facilities is forever etched in my memory!
Day three was the most enjoyable and scenic of the walk, with a variation of landscapes, walking terrain and ruins. The day started with a 500m climb to the first pass of the walk, Abra de Runkuracay. Again the trail consisted of steep stairs (original inca path) that had most walkers gasping for air after climbing the first dozen. The clouds slowly consumed Pacamayo valley and hung low ...