The Inca Trail and Machupicchu

Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2011

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Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Thursday, September 23, 2010

After many conversations about how we might not have time/money to do this part of the trip, our travel buddies made it easy to float along with the plans to pay for a 4 day trek. When one is in this kind of chilled out travelling frame of mind, one thinks "yeah why not, we'll do the Inca Trail" but nothing can prepare you for the sheer madness of it all. It is intense, difficult and hot. I moaned, Anish moaned and our buddies moaned. The insects and mosquito’s must have been a different breed; they had an almighty feast on us and our comrades, even Anish who loves boasting about never getting bitten got eaten alive. We were covered, to top it all off I forgot our 98%deet bought on the line in preparation for such an event back in Cusco with our big backpacks. We had to make do with an overpriced funky smelling local brand with about 7% deet!

No amount of Rocky singing, hydration or peer motivation can get you to the top. It is simply knowing there is no other way, there is no car behind you to take you part of the way, no one to offer to carry you, your arms flailing around to keep flies off and the drop of the cliff edge is thousands of metres deep and as wide as one foot makes you tetchy and tired. Its stamina at its best, its survival of the fittest.

Yes to all you hike freaks who love this kind of thing- ok its satisfying to get to the top but to then decide to reach the top of Wayna Picchu was just sheer silliness on our part. We thought; why the hell not, we made it this far, we might as well do it seen as we got up at 2am to queue for a bus that didn’t leave till 5am to be the first 400 people in order to be able to have the option to go up it. So we did. Then, even more ridiculously we decided we would save $7 each by not opting for the bus down Machu Picchu; we were on a roll, lets walk down, come on, lets just do it, we will be really proud of ourselves and maybe I will even lose some weight…the stairs were never ending, the mountain was deep, our feet were pounding, our heads spinning, we were literally about to drop.

However, we got to the bottom and chinked a really cold fresh beer each and scoffed some stone baked pizza as a reward.

It was hard but ironically after this big moan, we are so glad we had a go. It was worth seeing Machu Picchu; a magnificent school for the kings atop an epic landscape. We learned a great deal about the story of the Inca and Peruvian history (shocking how many people we met who were on the same trip and had no idea what it was all about!) we enjoyed motivating each other and the sense of having a go. 
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Dhara on

well done! sounds immense. great photos again.

Jigna on

Wow, so impresses with you both, what an odyssey! Love the look on your faces when you got to the top! And the boys faces at the end, capturing the moment!

Ellie on

Roopsie I´m scared!

suneet on

well done guys - very impressive. great pics

julie on

love the woohoo picture! well done both of you, what stars! somehow never saw you as the mountaineering type, R!

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