We survived the Inca Trail with everything in tact! (Apart from the odd muscle strain) And it was an amazing sight to behold! The trail itself was fairly challenging, but you could take it at your own pace, which made it a lot easier.
The views we experienced along the way were nothing short of breathtaking. It was impossible to take a bad picture en route and we were extremely lucky with the weather. When we arrived at Machu Picchu we were greeted with gorgeous sunlight and no clouds. And it was the first time this year that the great Inca monument had been cloud-free apparently, so you could not get much more fortunate than that.
We enjoyed some fantastic meals along the way, including chicken with rice and beef with potatoes, all expertly cooked by our chef and assistant chef. The porters carried up the majority of our belongings and they were almost as impressive as the Inca monuments we saw. They would RUN along the trail with 25kg's on their back, some even in sandals or flip flops. When we arrived at our camp site it would already be set up by our speedy porters and they were on hand to offer us a congratulatory applause and drink. They had to carry everything from tent poles to 20kg gas canisters and really made the whole experience.
We had a lovely group of 13 people (including ourselves) from all over the world and we all got on very well. We played cards during the evening with my set of one-inch playing cards, which was very funny and enjoyed plenty of banter throughout our four days and three nights together.
The whole experience was very informative. Our guide Victor - who has been doing the trail five times a month for the last nine years - was extremely informative and enthusiastic. Machu Picchu actually means 'Old Mountain' and it was only discovered in 1911. More facts to follow in the next blog (that Mike does)
Next stop is Santiago, Chile, but there will hopefully not be as much walking as the last few days!
Take care all, speak soon.