Saturday, September 27, 2014

2014 - Peru Day 6 (Inca Trail Day 3)

Today it is all downhill and should not be a problem. I was wrong. Today is the day you find out how well your knees are due to all the downhill climbing.

Morning view from our campsite

Today, just take your time and go slowly. I slightly twisted my ankle early in the day and didn't feel it until the end of the day. Luckily, it was the end of the day and it wasn't a major issue.

More ruins!
Our hike today would actually stop at lunchtime since our Day 2 is longer than most other tour companies, so Day 3 is shorter and more relaxing. The weather is really sporadic here. When we finished lunch, it was pouring for about 2 hours, but it cleared up afterwards. I'm glad that we had a longer Day 2 because we heard other people coming to the campsite while it was pouring outside. When the storm ended we went to go to our last Inca ruins. More terraces!

'Why are these people surrounding me?'


After dinner, you decide whether or not you want to tip the chaskis (porters). If you decide to do so, there is a ceremony where you give a short speech and tip them accordingly. The reason why it happens now is because after breakfast the next day, the chaskis need to scramble in order to make their early train at Aguas Caliente. If they miss the ride, they need to walk, the tour guide said it would take at least 5 hours to walk. For the amazing job they do, it wasn't much and they greatly appreciate it.

Our last set of ruins before Machu Picchu
Breakfast was western omelette, fruit kabob, and fried potatoes.

Lunch was mashed potatoes stuffed with salmon, soup, chicken roulade, mixed vegetables, and fried rice.

Chicken and mixed vegetables

Fried rice, vegetables, and a vegetable sauce
Dinner was cake!, soup, stuffed roasted peppers, spaghetti bolognese and pizza.


Our last supper together

Highlight of the day was visiting the last set of ruins and enjoying our time with the llamas that were there.

Tomorrow will be the final day with us also climbing Huayna Picchu.