Heading Down

Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
Trip End May 31, 2012

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What I did
Huana Picchu
Gran Caverna

Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Thursday, March 8, 2012

So down we went.  Having seen the direct route back down, I was hoping for a kinder decent.

The Incas however had other ideas and inventively found ways to build stairs even on the most vertical surfaces.  Where nature had taken away the Incas finest in landslips, modern man had put in ladders to aid our way down.  Damp and slippery these were more fun than the steps!

We propably dropped around 1500 meters from the peak and dropping through lush sub-tropical rainforest we eventually arrived on a single large rock, which gave us views the last 1000 meters to the river below.  Navigating around and down we wandered through an inca building and turning the corner found ourselves looking back under the large rock to find a cave with a temple inside.

The Gran Caverna lay a little lower (sorry pics didn't come out).

Picking up the path again, back towards Machu Picchu, we started our climb back up.

Quickly we broke the canopy and were back on the near vertical slops of Huanapicchu.  The Incas provided us with many more steps to climb and often due to the mountain terrain we climbed and decended 100's of meters in order to make our way back.

On the final approach we were rewarded with a fantastic view of Machu Picchu, which spurred us on.

5 hours later, tired and ready for a sit down, we signed ourselves off the mountain and headed for a rest.

- JJ
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P on

Well done what a effort, but it was worth while and never to be forgotten. What next Anchor What, The Great Wall, The Trans Siberian you still have a lot you can do ?. Excellant script and magnificent photographs.

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