The long, (very, very, very, very, hilly) and winding road to Machu Picchu


Was it worth the pain... ABSOLUTELY!Was it worth the pain to experience the magic of Machu Picchu at dawn… ABSOLUTELY!
The start of yet another Peru's challenge... the Camino Inka... in the rain!
The start of yet another Peru's challenge... the Camino Inka... in the rain!

We can’t believe we actually survived the 45km Inka Trek…  everyone bought ponchos and we rarely had them off the whole time … it rained so much.

This is Peru what can you do!

Latest fashion for the Andes
Latest fashion for the Andes
a brief break in the rain reveals the Gordon camping on an Andes terrace
a brief break in the rain reveals Gordon camping on an Andes terrace

Just try and picture Sonia and Gordon … such well known camping aficionados in a two-man tent being bombarded by unbelievable rainy weather for 3 days straight… and still being happily married!

The Inca's certainly like heights!
The Inca's certainly like heights!
The first day of walking wasn’t too bad… and we camped in a magical spot.
I love to go a wandering...
I love to go a wandering...
The porters are amazing... running down the hills carrying huge packs and wearing sandals made form old car tyres.
The porters are amazing... running down the hills carrying huge packs and wearing sandals made from old car tyres.

 The porters carry 10 times what we carry… they have a race each year to see who can do the 45kms the fastest. The current record holder did the entire 4 day trek in less than 4 hours!

cactuses in the Andes...who would have thought
cacti in the Andes...who would have thought

There were eight in our group and we had 11 porters to carry our gear including tents, kitchen etc etc.

Looking back down the valley track along Deadwoman's Pass... nearly lived up to its name... this is one tough trek!
Looking back down the valley track along Dead Woman's Pass... nearly lived up to its name... this is one tough trek!

The meals were unreal… amazing what can be produced using a very small gas stove in the middle of nowhere. We certainly did not starve!

Tetsuya and Micahel Manners eat your hearts out!
Tetsuya and Michael Manners eat your hearts out!

Every meal started with some kind of welcome warming soup  followed by rice, potatoes with chicken or fish… we even had french fries and cauliflower tempura one night…all very tasty.

There was also always a cup of coca tea or coffee to finish and boiling water poured into bottle to settle us for a warm bed.. oh I mean tent mat.

What was produced on this little stove by our camp chef was so amazing!
What was produced on this little stove by our camp chef was so amazing!

Day two was the most challenging. We had to walk about five kms up millions of steps and then down another million. 

Sonia actually needed oxygen at the top of the pass… over 4000 metres up… a bit of a scary moment but we got through it.

I can't believe we've walked all that way!
I can't believe we've walked all that way!
Even the smallest things along the way were fabulous
Even the smallest things along the way were fabulous

The third day was magic although again because of the rain and cloud we didn’t see much of the views.

the Inka trail in the rain can be atmospheric!
the Inka trail in the rain can be atmospheric!
down we go... only 1,000,000 steps to go.
down we go... only 1,000,000 steps to go.
looking into the valley from Machu Picchu
looking into the valley from Machu Picchu

The Inka Trek is not for everybody and you certainly have to focus on the journey… we are glad we did it but for us that is trekking done and ticked off the ‘bucket list’.

a priceless moment
a priceless moment

At the end of the trek Gordon and I hired swimmers (mmmm noice, different, unusual and totally unfashionable!) and took in the waters at the Aguas Calientes spa… a rather smelly experience but good to have one’s body totally immersed in hot water after 4 days of no bath or shower!

the 'spa' is a series of 'pools' tapped from the river...  and did the trick!
the 'spa' is a series of 'pools' tapped from the river... and did the trick!
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4 thoughts on “The long, (very, very, very, very, hilly) and winding road to Machu Picchu

  1. What an amazing adventure – you both did SO well in all that rain and so glad that you are still happily married 🙂

    Loved reading all the blog – had to read it several times so that I could take it all in…..

    Amazing photos – better than some of the guide books that’s for sure – a career for the future perhaps????

    Off to France on Saturday – can’t wait to stay in le Chateau……

    xx

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  2. Fantastic blog guys ….. congrats on all the public transport Gordon and hope you’re feeling OK again Sonia … sounds like it was hard work but quite a stunning experience nevertheless. Everytime I fantasize about going I’ll read your blog instead!

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  3. Ann and Stan Forman August 11, 2009 — 1:56 am

    Amazing! Wow. What an adventure! We love all your photos and comments!

    Love, Ann and Stan

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  4. Oh the photos are AMAZING!!
    I didn’t realise it was 45 km, you guys are incredible. I am worried to hear that Sonia needed oxygen. Far out! I hope it wasn’t too awful 😦 The whole trek sounds intrepid.
    Will you share your experiences at an Orange Bush-Walkers gathering. A slide night perhaps??
    Congratulations again on such an amazing journey. VERY impressive…..All our love, Tha Tassie Devils 😉

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