Inca Trail was awesome

Trip Start Feb 20, 2006
Trip End Jun 2006

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Well done Inca Trail and survived...just about. Was bloody hard but definitely the most amazing thing ive done soo far, in fact ever. Everybody ive talked to agrees that it has been the best part of their trip soo far as well. Altogether we walked, well most of us walked 49km in just over 3 days, walked 27 on second day, including "Dead womans pass" which is the hardest bit of the whole trek, constantly uphill but i made it in good time and didntt think it was as hard as it was going to be. However there was a bit of a balls up, cos there was a landslide about a month ago and they had to close the sun gate which is part of the traditional route, where u walk through the sun gate and then onto Machu Pichhu, so we were all worried that we wouldnt be able to walk the whole way, well most of us were, some were only too happy to get the bus up on the fourth morning cos they were shattered. However i was determined to walk the whole bloody way even should it kill me. Got loads of video, couldnt even describe what it was like on the second night or third morning. After walking all day we eventually arrived at the campsite just a it was starting to get worryingly dark, but it was the most awesome scenery u cud imagine. Enormous green mountains, with mist continually dancing over the peaks, the bluest skies behind them watching butterflies and hummingbirds fly by. Somebody compared it to "middle earth" and it really was, it was the most magical, fantastical place ive ever seen. The third morning we got up at 6am to watch the sunrise, was amazing, normally id be pissed off getting up that early but it was just impossible to be anything other than amazed (running out of adjectives now), our guide played the Andean flute and told us about the role the mountains played in the Incas lives and why they wanted to be close to the mountains. Anyway 3rd day was quite tough but nothing like second day, we eventually arrived at the town of Machu Picchu at about 4pm and sat down at the closest bar and ordered a big beer, didnt even have to ask for it, he just said "cerveza" and i motioned with my hands to give me the biggest beer he had, was brilliant. Then next most important thing after walking for 3 days and nights and not being able to wash was of order another beer and then go for a shower. Everyone was shattered and it was almost like an anticlimax cos people were saying congratulations and shaking hands and all that stuff and i thought well we havent even got to Machu Picchu yet, its tomorrow we should be doing all that stuff, so we had dinner and got to bed before 9pm, knowing that we had to get up at 3.45am in time for breakfast and in time to start the final climb, 800m straight up to Machu Picchu, ignoring the comfortable, warm buses we passed that were just waiting to take lots of tourists up the easy way. After an hour and a half and managing to dodge all the huge spiders and not trip on the steps on the way up in the pitch black and cold we eventually reached the top to find that it was very misty, soo misty in fact that you couldnt see a bloody thing other than mist. More annoying though was the fact that the control service personnel wouldnt let us in until 6am, even though i was dripping in sweat and had just walked 4 days to get here hoping to see the sunrise. however 9 times out of ten apparently this is what its like, so when 6am came i was third in line and as soon as she tore my ticket stub i sprinted down past the 2 people in front of me and was hoping to see the postcard picture, what i saw was mist, gradually i could see the outline of one of the mountains and got very excited but had to wait until about 10am until it became noticeably clear and then it was awesome, everything i had been hoping for, well worth the time and effort to get here, and the fact that i walked the whole way made it even more special. Its the kind of thing you cant describe to someone but we all agreed that it was the most awesome thing weve seen this trip and for some (myself included) the most awesome thing weve ever seen. It seemed surreal sitting there after seeing it soo many times in pictures and postcards to actually be there, to actually see it for yourself, was incredible. If i had to recommend one place to go or one thing to do in South America, it would definitely be the Inca Trail and Macchu Picchu, its going to be one of those things ill remember until the day i die. Anyway have to go, heading out for bbq and piss up tonight which will be excellent. Speak soon, Andy
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