Peru Day 5: Inca Trail... go!
And so begins our epic tromp (or, is it "trapse"? Maybe "schlep") up the epic Inca Trail!
|Ugh... too early!|
|Cusco at sunrise|
After 45 min or so it started to get a bit bumpy, but no worries. We got to the area just outside the checkpoint and got our sunblock on (high altitude = strong UV rays) and all the last things we needed all packed up. There was the last "real" bathroom for a while so we all made good use out of it! We got our packs all ready to roll and off we went towards the first checkpoint.
|Get 'yer packs on, let's roll!|
|Everyone a little nervous for the hike, but excited|
|Our awesome hiking group at the start of the Inca Trail!|
|Let's DO THIS THING!!!!|
Lots of weird stuff happened just in the first 10 minutes. There were lots of donkeys wandering around. Christy said they were called "Burros" but I thought that was hilarious and started calling them "Churros" instead. Also some dudes walked by us carrying tall wooden doors with them?! We figured maybe they were walking it to someone's house in one of the nearby villages? Funny, and strange. We actually did see a few people on small motorbike things in the first 20 min or so of the hike, I think maybe just the people who lived in the little huts along the start of the path (which were very small farms and seemed there mostly to sell water and snacks to the unprepared, or just hungry, tourists... i.e. us!).
|Our guide, Edwin. And a burro. (I was calling them "Churros")|
|Edwin talking about the trail, and asking people their reasons for hiking it. Also, man those are the coolest sun protecting arm bands ever,|
|Glorious ravine and mountains already|
|How far we've walked so far...|
After a bit we arrived at a bigger ridge, quite steep and a little taste of what to expect tomorrow I think. It was tougher, definitely, but doable. Defffinitely had some more water and a snack at the top of it though! We walked for a bit longer and got to a cliff area with a view of another bigger Incan Site. Edwin asked us to compare this site to the one we had seen previously, and commented on the history and discovery of the site as well as giving us some futher history of the area. Learning!! Very awesome.
|A quick break on a cliff to look out at an Inca Site.|
|Edwin showing us the the parasite/bug that is used to make red-coloured dye|
|a weird bird/duck thing|
|Kev looking very hikey|
|Me and Grrriits!|
|I love it|
|Eating like royalty. Sweaty, sweaty royalty.|
|The view in the later afternoon as the hike continued|
|Dinner time... time for this epic asparagus soup!|
|And then the CHEF... yes... CHEF... made us Bananas Flambee with Pisco.|