Inca Trail - Day 1

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jan 09, 2011

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Flag of Peru  , Sacred Valley,
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

We both felt pretty exhausted after not getting much sleep the night before but we were ready at 6am with our coca tea in hand.
Victor came to collect us and we met Richard who was going to be in our group and then we picked up 2 Brasilians - Raphael and Camile. They both didn't speak a word of english. Richard had done Kilimangaro last year so we were a bit weary of him thinking he's an eager beaver.
We then stopped to pick up the porters. A bunch of mixed aged Peruvians who were a bit smelly....which didn't bother us at all over the next 4 days as i think we blended in quite well.
A 2 hour drive to Ollantytambo and we stopped off to buy walking sticks and had some breakfast. Pancakes with fruit inside for Vimal and a big cup of milky coffee and fresh orange juice for me and heuvos (eggs) on toast for me. perfect.
Bought some water and Vimal bought this packet of Chips Ahoy which was a packet of chocolate chip cookies. We had so much food stuffs with us. Not sure what he was thinking.

There was a bit of phaffing as we didn't realise the mats and sleeping bags were excluded from the weight so we had to find space for them . One on Vimal's back and one on mine. Much heavier than I expected. We looked like hunchbacks and to top it off we wore our ponchos as it was raining....Hmmm...i looked like a ghost on a mountain....more like a puffy meringue.

Our passports were checked and off we went....the Urumbamba river was amamzing! like chocolate milkshake. i've never seen such a forceful river before. After 4 hours of trekking we stopped off for some lunch. Our tents were already set up and the porters and chef were cooking away....while we caught some sun rays.

We then trekked for a couple of more hours and saw some really amazing views of Mount Veronica which is about 6 800 metres tall (i think!) - it's pretty high, with it's picturesque snow capped tip.

It was quite nice to be at the campsite and the porters lined up our tents in a row behind some lady's backyard with a little wooden gate.

Dinner was all set and we chowed downt o some chicken drumsticks in gravy with rice. The stars were incredibly bright and it looked like the African sky. We even spotted a satellite and we saw a couple of bats. Victor said this was the hotel of a thousand stars....not 5 star.

Tomorrow was going to be a back breaker day.....
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