Oh my God! What an amazing five days I have had. Apart from almost dying...I am very pleased with myself.
We started our advernture in Ollyamtambu...the first town with Inca ruins, and our base camp for the night. Before that we had left Cusco that morning, to visit a llama and alpaca farm, where we got to feed baby llamas!....and also visited the Inca site of Pisca, where we saw how they burried thier nobles in the cliffs.
The next day was our first day on the trail. We had three days of walking, along valleys, up a lot of steps and also down quite a few too! One day was 1000m down-very hard on the knees-thank god for hiking poles! Throughout the four days the scenery was amazing. One the second day we negoitiated Dead Womans pass, 4200m high. I never thought we were going to see the end of teh steps-up, up and up they went. It took for ever but I did it-and such a great achievement. We had three high passes in all, the last one we did on day four, on our walk to Macchupichu. We left for the site at 5am-still getting light whilst trying to go along cliff faces without falling off them! We managed steps that are called ´gringo killers´basically 50 steps up the steepest slope you could imagine...you have to climb rather than walk. Though at the top was the Sun gate-the entrance to Macchupichu. It was amazing looking down on the whole city-something that not many people get to do. We had our second breakfast at around 6am, watching the sun come out from behind the mountains to bathe the city in light. After this all there was to do was have a walk around the ruins. Our amazing guides (who had helped us all the way over the four days) were there to tell us about the city and show us the best places-like the royal sector-where they have the only toilet in the city! The Incas were amazing astromomers, and could precçdict months and time by the way the sun rotated and fell on certain rocks they placed around the city. We then set off back to Aquas Callientes to celebrate our hike with a much deserved beer! Back to Cusco for two more nights-and a proper night out!
Had the strangest train journey back to Cusco. We got teh gringo train, which meant being in the carraige witht he glass roof-giving us a fab view of the mountains and more ruins on the way home. We also were served sandwaiches and got treated to a fashion show! A good way of trying to part us with the last of our soles! A truely first class journey!