Post Trek Exploration

Trip Start Sep 08, 2012
Trip End Nov 27, 2012

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Where I stayed
Sixpac Manco Inn
What I did
The White Rock, Nusta Hispana, Yurac Rumi, Vilcabamba
Rosapata Ruins

Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Sunday, September 23, 2012

After landing at the Sixpac Manco Inn at the end of our trek, the group bonded with a couple from Minnesota. We had a great time sharing stories of the trail. I never did count up our collective bug bites, but it was probably in the range of a gazillion. Later in the evening we had our goodbye gifting ceremony with our cooks and wranglers. The gifts consisted of things brought from home that were no longer of use and/or that folks wanted to contribute. 

 That night I went to bed and noticed how really really smelly my socks were. On top of that my tent was the WORST smelling tent I've ever slept in. HA! Trekking is stinky but AWESOME! I was going to shower but the price at Sixpac went from 3 to 5 Soles, once the owner realized the level interest from the group. I decided to hold out for just a few more days until we arrived in Aguas Calientes. Eh! I don't see how I could have smelled any worse than that. My delayed apologies to the group for being a stinkypants.

The next morning brought us severely needed sunshine, as the previous day was rainy and cold. We had a late breakfast and walked to the local ruins site of Rosaspata (also known as Vitcos). Rosaspata was one of the last refuges of the Inkas. We also visited Nusta Hispana (mentioned in the book The White Rock by Hugh Thompson).

I am uncertain how exactly the story goes but there is a ceremonial spot where virgins peed and llamas were bled. We are always offered more than one theory on how things may have happened or how the people may have lived at the time but nothing is ever certain. As Antonio likes to say: 'everything is possible, nothing is certain.' Indeed! Anyway, the legend has it that girls where forced to pee into the channel carved into the top of the White Rock and if it ran in the channel it proved they were virgins. I'm not sure what happens when their statuses were determined, but they may have been sacrificed. As for the llamas, depending on which way their blood flowed from the channel determined how the crop year was going to be. It's up to the individual to decide what they think happened here. I haven't read The White Rock yet, but I'm sure there's more insight in those pages, that I've yet to absorb. 

 On towards Santa Teresa... 

Thanks for reading!

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Blind Bill E. on

That Inka path.... how old? Original rocks? It looks amazing to me. You're truely having adventures down there Kellie.... thanks for the interesting blog/photo posts.

mc1rvariant on

Some are uncovered original rocks but much of the trail has been -is being- restored. Glad you are reading. Thanks!

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