What can we say, would have to be the most invigorating, challenging, breathtaking and satisfying 4 days we have ever had. We didn't expect the Inka trek to Machu Picchu to be as amazing as it was. Day one we began our tour to Sacred Valley, a town close to the Inka Trek. We were surprised by a visit to a local village where we participated in a traditional ceremony, dressed in the traditional clothing and dancing around a tree. Yes...as you can imagine it was a rather funny sight to see.
The next 3 days we conquered the Inka Trek, walking up huge inclines way up high near the snow caps, 4200 meters above sea level. Our legs, knees, lungs and mind somehow adapted to the extreme conditions as we were faced with mega steep stairs, freezing cold conditions and inclines that never seemed to end. Camping was a real hoot, the food was brilliant, our sleeping bags were thankfully toasty but it was the company of our 14 team intrepid mates that was really 5 star. What a bond we formed and shared, we all smiled, constantly laughing together as we enjoyed dinners together over the camp table, playing jokes on each other, games of Sh*t Head (card game) and cheering each other on as we made it to Machu Picchu.And wasn't Machu Picchu certainly a sight to see. Words cannot describe how beautiful this place is set up high in the mountains. Our photos do not do it justice but we hope you enjoy the beautiful shots we attempted to capture.
As you can imagine a hot shower and a warm bed was a real treat back in Cuzco after the trek. You would think our bodies would have had enough but we stilled managed to charge on and celebrate with our team mates as we hit disco tecs in Cusco. Thanks to team Intrepid and our amazing porters who carried bags over the mountains. A truly magical experience we had. Now off to Lake Titicaca for a visit and overnight stay in the floating villages.
Stay tuned for our next blog!