Day 7

Trip Start Dec 09, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2005

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Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Saturday, December 17, 2005

The Inca Trail and Macchu PicchuHow can you even think about visitng Peru and not hiking the Inca trail to Machu Piccchu. We're back. The Trek was hard, long, wet and worth every minute. One problem...we started off the night before at a new restaurant. Big mistake. You saw the Guinea. Our trek was for 4 days and we had a group of 11 + 8 porters, 1 cook and 2 guides. Started off at about 6,800 ft - up to 14,000 - down again to about 6,500 ft. Day one was fairly easy. About 5 hours or so of moderate climbing. Day 2 was the worst...7+ hours of steep, rocky climbing with stairs And I was sick as a dog. Altitude  or the 254 hour flu...not sure. We'd camp every night to sites set up by the porters before we got there. - that was a nice treat.  Good food and super great people in our group. Along the entire trek we got to stop and explore smaller ruins that no one even really knows exists along the Inca trail. They were pit stops and resting pointe from the original trail. That was a great highlight.  Day 3 was about 7 hours again of ups and downs until we hit the "last stop before the Ruins". An Oasis... A cush campsite with showers, dance club and Cervasas galore.
As we hit the ridge above Machu Picchu, the sun was rising. A must do for sure.
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