Christmas Day up Machu Pichu!
Trip Start May 07, 2003
65Trip End Sep 05, 2005
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So I booked up to climb Machu Pichu on the 22nd Dec. Since before I left Scotland, it was my aim to be up Machu Pichu for Christmas day. After 3 days climbing thru some trully spectacular Andean scenery, we made it, well just me and a Canadian boy actually. We had got so p1ssed off waiting hours for every fecker in the pissing rain, we walked the last day in a oner, we had the whole trail to ourselves, which is unheard of and were at the Sungate for a great view of the ruins on Christmas eve. The only people ahead of us were the porters. These guys are amazing, aged from 16 to 60 years old, they carry up to 50 KILOS on their backs. We struggle with our ten kilo packs up these high altitude mountain passes, whereas these guys RUN up and down, make our lunch when they get to camp, pack everything up, then overtake us and have dinner ready by the time we get there! Most of them have viens popping out of their legs and muscles like horses. They get paid a pitance however and suffer from many health complaints. On Christmas day we made it to the ruins proper, it kinda blows your mind when you see a place like that, I was trully in awe for the whole day.
The ruins themselves are so intricate, perched impossibly ontop of the world, with amazing engineering and the most impossibly precise stonework. Huge rocks were shaped into Condors, Pumas, sillouettes of mountains behind, even a model of the ruins themselves. But the surrounding locale was even more breathtaking, green pinacle-like mountains, sheer rockfaces 1000m's high, great rivers rushing so far below.
And we were really lucky with the weather after walking thru some pretty bad conditions on the way there, someone was smiling on us though and made Chrimbo day a gorgeous one - cheers mate!