The longest day.

Trip Start Jul 31, 2012
Trip End Aug 31, 2012

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Day 3 we started at 4.30 in the morning and it was a very cold morning, we started the day with the usually breakfast and then started with a 1 hour climb to another Inca ruin, we stopped here for a few moments to learn the history of the ruins, it was a look out and resting spot.  We then continued for another hour up hill were we held a ceremony for Pachu Mama(Mother Earth), we then had to complete the rest of the day which was a total of 16kms and it was up and down the whole way, the days on the trek were really warm which made it a lot nicer and we didn't get any rain for the whole time which was very lucky as it would of been very difficult to climb the stairs in the rain.

After the ceremony we walked around the side of the mountain which gave us some incredible views of the Andes, we could see snow capped mountain tops which didn't look much higher than us. As we made our way around to the lunch spot we were preparing ourselves for the decent after lunch which is called the Gringo Killer.

After lunch and a rest we started the Gringo Killer, almost immediately we reached another Inca Ruin and learnt about the history, we then continued the descent, all up there was probably close to 20,000 steps we where descending from 2 until 5. For me this was the hardest section especially towards the end, Ally had been coping extremely well with blisters for most of the trip, and my entire heel had turned into a blister and popped on day 2 and we were both feeling the pain, me more as I'm more of a wuss lol.

Towards the end of the descent we came across a large Inca Ruin with a number of terraces and then we made the final descent towards the camp, i don't remember much of this last 30 mins, except sore feet, knees, and every muscle in my legs. I think my mind has blocked this memory.  We made it to camp had dinner and prepared for the final trek to Machu Picchu, the good news, its only a 2 hour trek, the bad news, its a 3.30 start in the morning.
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