Lares Trek Day 3

Trip Start Aug 01, 2008
Trip End Aug 16, 2008

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Today we trek from Patakancha down the gorge to Ollantaytambo.

I woke up around 6 am and had some upset stomach, so my guide gave me some tea to drink to help out. The second night of camping went well since I am getting more used to it and the temperature wasn´t as cold due to the altitude being lower.  I found this outhouse about 300 meters away from our camping site made of a straw hut and a squat toilet. It was the BEST thing in 3 days!!!   I did it for the first time in three days what a relieve.....Ahhhh. Afterward I went down to the stream for a quick hand wash with the soap I brought, the stream water was just FREEZING. After a quick breakfast, we were on our way.
The trek today wasn´t as strenous as the last 2 days but my group and I were quite exhausted. One of the girl, Wendy, she was doing very well yesterday got blisters all over the top of her toes with her new hiking boots so she ended up taking them off and walk on her socks.

We passed by several villages where local kids would come out and greet us. The only word in Spanish that they seems to know is Buenos Dias. Now its time for us to pass out candies. Selena shared some of her ballons with me so I can use them as a bribe to the kids thus I can take my picutres. The traditional clothing was beautiful and they are made of llama or alpaca hairs.

After 4 hours of hike we ended our trek at Ollantaytambo. The guide took us into a grocery store/ restaurant/bed and breakfast for the long wait before our train ride into Aguas Calientes or the gateway to Machu Picchu. We got there about 1130 am and later on my guide told me that my train won´t leave until 830 pm. But my groupmates Selena, Wendy and Edgar the guide are all leaving at 650pm. That was very odd. I went with Edgar to the train station attempting to change the ticket, but after a 30 minute wait, the ticket box lady just brush us off saying NO. What a bummer...  I came back to that same grocery store and found out thatb they have beds and bathrooms available upstair for the travellers waiting for the train. It only costs 5 nuevo soles for the bed and 10 for bed and bath. I translated that for Selena and Wendy they were so happy that they both went for a bath. I was just too tired that after lunch I wondered around town a bit, used the internet then went straight to bed.

The 830 pm train was a tough one since I will be getting in late. The Peruvian train was okay, no bathroom, but they do wheel BEER around once the train is going !!! There were these Italian travellers just laughing and drinking the whole way, what a way to party. 

I was very lucky that once I got into Aguas Calientes at 1030 pm, my guide Edgar was waiting for me at the station. He took me to this restauarnt for dinner that I kind of resisted because it was too late for me to eat. Since Edgar was so friendly and insisted I eat something, I went with him. I had some soup, grilled fish and a cup of juice. The papaya juice was probably the best thingI had that night.

Tomorrow is will the the highlight of this trip Machu Picchu !!! It should be exciting.
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