The Inca Trail
Trip Start Feb 03, 2011
36Trip End Jul 01, 2011
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Day 1. Sunday March 27th, 5:15 am. Our assitant guide knocks on the door of our hostel. We were instructed to wait inside during our briefing, because many people have been robbed waiting to be picked up for their Inca Trail trip. It´s pouring down rain outside and to be honest, I wasn´t looking forward to walking in it. We put on our ponchos and headed towards Plaza de Armas, where our bus and our fellow Inca Trailers (Danish, Norwegian and Argentinian) were waiting for us. We stopped for breakfast along the way and arrived at our destination around 9:30 am. There we had to show our passports and our tickets and then we continued. We walked the bridge that led us to the beginning of the Inca Trail. After about an hour it started to rain again
Day 2. Monday April 28th, 5:30 am. Warmiwañusca, or Dead Woman´s pass, awaits us. Supposedly, according to Maria, wanting to kill any man who walks it, by letting their lungs explode. I had never been more happy to be a woman ;-) Warmiwañusca and I were going to get along just fine
Day 3. Tuesday April 29th, 7:00 am. Today was going to be easy-peasy. With a hike just until lunch. After breakfast, we started hiking. Going through Inka tunnels and up & down steps again. Tristan, Maria and I finally arrived at the campsite at 1.30 pm. It was quite crowded, as this campsite ´housed´ all of the people on the Inca Trail (roughly 400-500 people).
There were some more Inca ruins to see, only 10 minutes away from the campsite. So, Ulrik (Danish), Knüd (Norwegian), Petter (Norwegian), Maria (guide) and I went to see them. I´m so glad I did. These Inca ruins were the best I´d seen so far! At the campsite, I got to enjoy my first shower after two days of being smelly. Very nice.The campsite also had a restaurant/bar, so there were people everywhere having a nice cold beer and just hanging out
Day 4. Wednesday April 30th, 4:15 am. Macchu Picchu day! No breakfast today. Just a, what Maria called, ´boxed lunch´. So, I guess boxed breakfast? We walked to the gate at 4:45 am and upon arrival Maria said. "Ok, now we wait to the gate open, at 5:30 am". Holy cow! Wake up that early and then having to wait at the checkpoint for 40 minutes. Not only that, we had to listen to, quite bad, music from the British youngster group (or the Brits Brats, as the Norwegian couple in our group called them) waiting in front of us. The gate opened at 5:30 am and everybody almost ran through the gate. At the top, we were supposed to see Macchu Picchu, but it was all cloudy and unfortunately, there was nothing to be seen. So a little ways down and as we got closer and closer, the view of Macchu Picchu got clearer. We had arrived at our final destination! Maria gave us a tour of Macchu Picchu. It started raining again halfway through. After the tour was done, all I wanted was my dry clothes and a nice meal in Aguas Caliente. Our train back to Cusco left at 5:00 pm and we arrived at our hostel at 9:30. I don´t think I´ve ever appreciated my bed more than that night!