Oh twas thrilling. Michael Jackson would of written the song about it if he hadn't of thought an undead John Leslie as a better subject.
Woke cloudy headed, slowly remembering what had happened last night and wished we hadn-t remembered. Over breakfast a group of us decided to do a morning of zip lining rather than walking thinking it would be easier on our heads. So there was four of us and from breakfast we took a colectivo for 15 minutes to this tree cabin hut shelter thing where this crazy pony tailed white Peruvian ran his extreme sports centre (white water rafter, zip lining etc)
. It was situated in a small amount of jungle running down a valley, quite a beautiful place. On arrival we were informed another 7 people were turning up from another trek, but were delayed due to a lost bag. So whilst waiting we made ues of the facilities and what facilities they were. A little bamboo hut with a view of the river and the jungle right in front of you. Also whilst waiting we learnt that the place was swarming with sand fly's (little bastards that look a lot like midges) that leave a little blood blistered bite. Finally the other group turned up and we all got gabbed up and set off up the valleyside to the first zip line. At this point we thought we had made the wrong decision as all the fluid in my body exited in the form of sweat but after 30 minutes we were at are first line. We waited till the last four to go, but finally it was our time and we flew like a bird as we shoot through the air for about 300m about 100m up. Afterwads all of us were shocked as it wasn't such a adrenaline rush as we first expected and more of tranquille different way to veiw your environment. We did 5 more of these lines across the valley covering a distance of 2.5km by the end, good fun. Though the best bit was doing your best cliffhanger impression everytime you didn't reach the other side. Whilst waiting i took the the full force of the sand fly's with at least 100 bites on each calf by the end of the morning.
Due to the lost bag dileama We set of at 1.00 to meet are group at 1.00, so naturally we were an hour late and had to bolt are dinner and start the afternoons hike along the train tracks
. Though walking along train tracks doesn't sound to much fun it doesn't matter when your walking through some of the most stunning scernery yet. Thick jungle with virtually vertical hill sides shooting straight up up from the valley, with plants growing on any place they can get a hold. Due to the recent flooding the river was full of massive blouders and at points showing beuatifully carved white rock from were it cuts through the hills. After three hours of walking we arrived into Aguas Calientes, a town built with the one purpose of housing tourist for Machu Pichu. We got shown to are hostal and went and bought snakes and then headed for dinner. Just as we left the restraunt to head back to the hostel the heavens opened and there was also a power cut. So after a damp walk in the dark we all bedded down for are early 3.45 wake up.
Waking in the dark everyone walked down relatively quite to the gates at the bottom of Machu Pichu. Once they opened the gate we were told it was race to the top to be one of the first 400 so you can get your ticket for Waynipichu (the higher mountain behind Machu Pichu in all the photos). But we all realised that there was only about 100 people willing to walk up so the race aspect was only taken up by one Isreali guy who shot past everyone in the first 100m
. The walk up was nearly as spectacular as the what we were going to go and see. Due to the rain the night before as it slowly got light you could see all this could and mist rising out of valley chasing us up the hillside to Machu Pichu. It took us about 40 minutes to get up there and were one of the first to get the stamp and at 6.30 the first bus arrived and the gates opened. We went with the guide (Elvis) to the veiw point loonking over the site with Waynipichu behind. Here we had a chance to take photos and then we had a tour for two hours which consisted a lot of we don't really know because they didn't write anything, but still very interesting. As the morning went on the cloud in the sky burnt off and we had stunning weather, to marvel at the spectacle. At 10 we headed up Waynipichu which was a little winding staircase up the mountain with large drops on either side at points, that took another 50 minutes of climbing. It was so worth it the place was even more amazing some what spritual i might dare say. I stayed on top of the world looking at the beauty that surrounded me for a good hour before making my way down. After meeting up with everyone people were thinking of walking up to the sun gate, this idea was quickly crushed when someone suggested we could go back down to Aguas Calientes and make use of there thermal baths. So we walked back down and went bathing and even the dodgy coloured water didn't put us off. It was spot on. At 7.30 we left on the train with only half are group, due either the tour agency scamming them or Elvis and after his performance the other night we thought him the likely candidate. We got back into Loki at 12.30 and dropped dead after a very long but absolutely amazing day.
Photos to come