Hola amigos! Finally we have arrived in Argentina and have allready had several good cups of REAL COFFE!!! But first things first: Inka Trail. We parted ways with the six others from the group that was doing the inca trail (Malin and Eirik included) and took the bumpy road took KM 82. Here we made our last preparations and bought some wholly unncessary bandanas, before posing under the sign. WHOAH! The road was filled with plants, cactuses, children, runaway horses and running-after peruvians. Our vary pleasant guide Josè took us along in a slow tempo, stopping occationally to give us some fun-facts about the flora and fauna. The porters had been running on their shoes made from recyled tires and when we arrived to have lunch they had errected our tents, eaten and slept for a good 1.5 hours! A few hours more of trekking and a inca site or two later, we arrived at the first camp.
Cecilie had been stuggeling with an airway infection after the jungle and it only got worse in the rising altitude and sinking temperatures. Sadly she had to decide to be smart and return back to Ollantaytambo before it got worse.
The rest of the trip went by alot more lonly, but the rest of the group kept their spirits up, and the amazing nature was a good distraction. Day 2 was a long trek up to 4215 m. The tradition states that one shall carry a pebble and a coca leaf to sacrifice to pacca mama (mother earth), so I brought along a small one for myself and a huge one for Cecilie! The following days went by in a hurry, long walks with the occational inca site. The 3rd day I had alot of pent up energy and decided to take a jog in the nice scenery. In the evening we had a cecemony where the cooks had made cake (its not a lie=) and we gave the porters their well deserved tip and got to hear their names and a little more about them. Day 4: We got up at 3:30 to be one of the first groups into the last strech before walking through Sun Gate! At 5:30 it let us through and we set off towards the last and seepest stairs called "The Gringo Killer"
Sun gate was quite crowded and we quickly made our way further down and got an amazing view of Maccu Piccu!! The group got a rest while seeing the sun rise on the legend-(wait for it)-dary city. Little did I know that something more beautiful was walking up to greet me. Cecilie had gotten up around 5 AM and was hiking up to the sun gate around 7! HURRAAAY!!!! After this we patted Llamas, posed infront of the city, I slept in the Incaking`s bed and cecilie took a dump in his bathroom =D=D=D The day ended in Aguas Callientes where Richie challanged Eirik and me to eating a family sized Pizza. The familiar answer "Challange accepted" shortly occured and we had to stumble home to digest for a few days...
Stay tuned for more! Gard.