Crazy Nights in Cuzco - Survivng the Inca Trail

Trip Start Jul 02, 2006
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Monday, December 11, 2006

Nearly four years ago to the day i did the Inca trail in Peru, I just got back from doing it again today, it was brilliant.  The tour group, the trecking and in direct contrast to last time even the food was fantastic.  Day two turned out to be a walk in the park, what took me five hours last time to stagger up I ran up in two hours.  Indeed myself and a crazy Belgian bloke had a race to the summit and then the two of us had a few smokes waiting for all the porters and gringos to finally reach the top.  Of all the days on the trail, the third day is by far the most spectacular.  The trail winds its way along the cliff faces past amazing Inca sites with the forest changing as your go up and down altitude.  As a laugh I even swapped packs with Barney, one of our porters, for an hour - must say it is all a little more challenging with 28kg on your back - those guys are amazing.

Machu Pichu itself is probaly the most amazing ancient ruin I have ever seen.  The buildings themselves are impressive but the cliffs droppinf down into the Irubamba rive hundreds of meters below make the place.  Four years ago all I got was clouds from the sun gate and Wayna Pichu but this time around, after a quick offering to Pachi Mamma, the clouds cleared and the views were absolutely first class.

Returning to Cuzco it was time to party.  Three massive nights and I mean MASSIVE.  Even after the 4am start for the final day treck to Machu Pichu I still managed to see the sun up that night.  Great clubs, flying around the dancefloor, Canadians, Germans, Peruvians, to be honest most of it is somewhat a blur.  An hour effort to shave off the beard, had forgotten what my face looked like, has been more than worth it.  Must mention the last of the three nights - Rossy out on leave for the night it was always going to be big.  There is a bar in Cuzco (shall remain nameless so the Americans dont shut it down) that I had heard stories from several backpackers about.  Venturing there expecting to see something cultural I asked the owner where all the cocaine was, his reply priceless...  "It is a weekend night, we get lots of different people here on the weekend, so no coke on the tables on the weekends ok - just use the toilets"  Ofcourse Rossy and I are not into that stuff but funny enough to see and hear...
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laorfamily
laorfamily on

The trek is fantastic
I still have found memories of it and it was over 10 years ago.

Great for you for doing it twice, but that is the best way to see Macchu Picchu.

chadc
chadc on

You look like an old man.
Rick, your family has reviewed these recent photos and we believe that, bearded, you look about 35 years OLD.

Mum hopes this post will result in you removing the beard. Mum and Pa think you need to come home and get back to work. All of us wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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