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The Inca Trail

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

The drop off point for the Inca Trail was in a small village next to a river. The parking lot was full of porters preparing the gear for the four day hike. The 11 of us hiking in my group had a support staff of 18 consisting of two chefs, 15 porters, and our English speaking guide. We had each been allowed to bring 6kg on the hike which was confirmed on a scale. I had actually been under weight so I through in extra gear just for some additional comfort. The porters carried most of the gear while we were responsible for our day use items. After checking at the government checkpoint to make sure everyone paid their fees, we took a group photo with 11 different cameras at the sign indicating the beginning of the hike. [read on]

Cusco – Capital of the Incan Empire

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

The night bus to Cusco was identical to the one I had taken to get to Arequipa. This time though I actually did manage a few hours of sleep as I was still very worn out from the mountain climb. We arrived in Cusco around 6:00 am. It was very chilly as the town is about 10,900ft above sea level. Our hotel in the city was in a converted old mansion. There was lots of antique furniture and the rooms contained old wood floors and windows with heavy wood shutters. After checking in, we set off as a group to explore the city. [read on]