Inca trail

Trip Start Apr 02, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

On Tuesday we set off for the Inca Trail (Company: Peru Explorers). Day one is training for Day Two (which is pitched as the hardest day), Day Two for Day three etc.
Our Guide Elizabeth was class, really knowledgeable and clearly loves her job. 12 of us were split into different groups. We were put with Patrick and Cameo from New York. Patrick was classic. Sooo New York - he had never slept in a sleeping bag before! Food and camping was good the first night, we thought everyone how to play Uno and had a laugh.
We started the second day at 6am. By 11am we realised what people are talking about. Hiking to Dead womanīs pass (Peruvians call it Dead Tourist pass!) was really hard going. Thought i was going to die, but i was too busy panting, trying to get oxygen at 4200m. Michael is clearly the fitter one. I didnīt feel so bad when i saw 2 Japanese women being carried by Porters! Then it was downhill which, i donīt want to blow my own trumpet, iīm really good at! Again, not a bother on Grechy. No Inca sites to see that day.
We had a nice campsite (which is built on an old cemetery), with a good view. I couldnīt sleep with the cold and the altitude. My tummy wasnīt the best, perhaps the water. Sleepy Mc Sleepyhead was soundly snoring beside me, not a bother.
Day three started with a climb at 5am. A really nice day which takes you into part of the Peruvian Jungle, we saw a llama trail which was discovered by a tourist who went for a pee in the bushes five years ago - cool! There was lots of flora and fauna to see and things seemed to be getting easier. There were four Inca sights en route. The history of the Incas is fascinating, we were all in awe of their progressiveness back in the day. We finally got to Wayna Picchu at 3pm. Michael and i were first at our campsite (after walking approx 3000 steps downhill), we ran downhill to get a shower. That night we had a ceremony thanking the porters (who carry everything including the tents, gas for cooking and as i mentioned earlier, even some tourists).
That night myself, Michael, Patrick and Cameo snuck off to the Waynampichu Inca site in the dark to see the full moon shining on the terraces. We arrived and Elizabeth was there with the other tour guides. Busted! She was cool about it and explained to us about how the Incas used astronomy to build their sites.
Up at 3.45am the next morning for the walk to Machu Picchu. It was more like a run. People were very keen to get to the sun gate (which is where you get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu). I tried to point out through my pants that the place had been there for hundreds of years, "ITīS NOT GOING ANYWHERE!"
The New Yorkers made it to the top first. Bet the LA girls who were highly competitive through the three days. There were many high fives when we joined them. Macchu Pitchu is amazing. One of the biggest architectonic works that the Incas did, because it was built in the most difficult topographic area.
Elizabeth showed us around and then got a call telling her she had to start another four day Inca Trail the next day. Rough. She needed rest so we said goodbye.
Got a bus to the nearest town Aguas Caliente had a bite to eat, changed our tickets for an earlier train and set off for Cusco. Sore, wrecked but satisfied with our completion of our four day challenge.

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mikeymouse on

I just randomly clicked on your blog, as I'm flying out from Dublin to Rio tomorrow. Love your blog. Learning a lot from your stories (yeah, i'll bring pesos when leaving Brazil).
Hope my trips goes as well as yours :-)

cnnnews on

Look who's on the home page of Travelpod???
well done on the inca trail, I bet the pure or clean living thing didn't last too long after the boots came off. Delighted to see yer slap bang in the middle of the travelpod homepage, anyway, have fun,
Cathal and Niamh

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