Day 3 of Trek

Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

I canīt remember falling asleep last night... it was terribly cold and wet. According to our guide, it got down to at least 0 degrees. Eating our dinner in the small communal tent was very uncomfortable.

Today, I completed the 30km walk through the Lares area. According to my GAP guide for the day (Jose), the Lares Trek IS part of the Inca trail... the Inca trail consists of hundreds of kilometres, all interconnected from Ecuador through Peru to the south.

We walked for around 3 hours today, all downhill which was a real joy from the difficulties of yesterday. The highlight was visiting a Peruvian school. We had an opportunity to visit a pre-primary centre. The language used was Quechuan. Spanish is taught from 6 years of age. The classroom had 18 pupils in attendance. The displays were very similar to that of Australian pre-primary centres but a lot more simplistic. The classroom had no computers or other technology. I was told that the centre was built by tourists. The children were very receptive to tourists visiting their classroom and several children showed me their work... not that I could understand it! The school, in itself, was quite large with about 6 classrooms, ranging in age from 5 to 12. The children sang us Insy, Winsy Spider in Cechuan... cute. It was a real treat to visit this school but I would of liked to have spent more time and visited each classroom... maybe next visit.

We left our walk at 11am, covered in mud due to the torrential rain fall. Lucky for the poncho. We drove for about 1 hour to a town called Ollynatamble... the launching pad for Machu Pichu. At 3pm, we caught our train to the town of Agua Calientes where I am currently. Sasha had all our tickets and due to her foot injury, she just made it with 10 seconds to spare. To say the least, my guide Jose and I were very nervous. I couldnīt have imagined missing Machu Pichu.

Tonight I have my own room at a hotel here in Agua Calientes.
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