Lares Trek day 1
Trip Start Aug 01, 2008
16Trip End Aug 16, 2008
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I have no internet access for the last 3 days during my hike now I just arrived a Ollantaytambo and found this cute internet cafe. Let me update you about my hike....
August 4 morning I woke up around 6 am had a quick breakfast before I head out for my 4 days Lares Hike. Most people who came to Machu Picchu do the Inca Trail but since it was so popular, all the spots were take 6 months in advance. So I am doing an alternate hike. In addition to myself, my guide also picked up two other girls who are also on the same trek. This is good because now I have companion !!! The girls are called Selena and Wendy and they are from England and New Zeland. After the guide and drive stuff our luggages into the back of the trunk, we are off the the village of Lares where our hike starts
After lunch, the guide Edgar took us hiking up the trail to our night camping site of Wakawasi while the porter used the horses to carry our luggages and bags up hill. Thank goodness !!! Lares has the altitide of 10500 feet and our campsite Wakawasi has 12460 feet. That is HIGH !!! Good thing is I am already quite acclimatized at Cusco for two days plus I took my Acetazolamide pills to help out. The up hill trek was quite strenous full of dirt/rocks/pebbles and some grassy area. Thanks to Zack, David and Julieīs training on our usual Sunday hikes, I am doing this quite well. The other two girls were huffing and puffing along the way. We ended up walking 3 hours ascend aboutt 2000 feet more until we arrived at the campsite.
By the time we arrived, the porter/cook already set up our tent and had dinner ready