11.07.2012 - 15.07.2012 23 °C
Possibly the most anticipated part of our trip was upon us, our 4 day hike on the Inca Trail. Joining Fi and myself for the 4 days were 4 Gippslandians (dont hold that against them) in Mick, Hoops, Nic and Belinda; Team Belgium (family of 4); our guide Santiago; a cook and another 12 or so porters to carry my stuff.
Bright and early on day 1 we rose to a wonderful sunny day...excitement was building.
And we were off
The first day was reasonably easy, but just so spectacular.
Day two was always going to be our toughest. We were to climb to 4200m up massive steps. Basically we were chewing on anything with coca in it. Even chewing on the leaves straight until our mouths and throats went numb...weird feeling, but it helps open up the lungs.
Think this is my new mountain climbing ¨go to¨pose.
Finally we made it to the top and it was worth it!
And down to our campsite...Our tents had exclusive views of the toilet block, but these other people hit a winner.
Day 3 was without a doubt the best day of the trek. Congratulations to Fiona for changing her clothes on day 3, i ran with the same getup. A couple of passes in the mountains, and just hurting your neck looking around at the views. I will let the pictures do the talking.
Im going to Inca hell for this photo
Our last campsite was next to Little Machu Picchu...just a teaser for the following morning.
Then on day 4 we were woken at 3:50 and on the road in the pitch black. In a couple of hours we would be passing through the sun gate looking down on Machu Picchu.
After overtaking every single person on the trail the team caught the first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Excuse the way we look, it was 6:30am
We actually managed to capture the first sun rays hitting Machu Picchu in the morning.
The next few hours were spent exploring Machu Picchu, along with about 4000 other people. Just too many people, wrecked it a fair bit. My suggestion would be to reward the hikers with a few hours of peace in the morning before the day trippers are allowed in. Whilst walking around Machu Picchu i came up with this gem that i shared with the group.
If i dont know a person, then i automatically hate them¨.
That quote was followed up perfectly, and ironically moments later as this knob got his iPad out to take a photo of an ancient ruin.
Deep i know. Anyway managed to get the following pics without too many knobs ruining them. Despite the people, it really is one of the best places ive ever visited in the world.
The Incas are famous for their smart engineering feats, however this creaking wooden bridge we found and walked out on over a cliff wasnt their best work. Found out later someone toppled off it weeks earlier.
So there you have it. Some of the best 4 days of the trip so far. Spent with great people and plenty of laughs. Next we were back to Cusco for an after party, then off to Lake Titicaca (hehe).