Welcome to Ben and Abis Most Excellent Adventure!
The Inca Trail
After flying from LA, sunny sunny LA, we landed tired and confused, in a country quite different from what we were used to! It dawned on us, after about 2 minutes, that we didn't speak a word of Spanish. Then suddenly the word 'Adios' came to mind, and we thought we cracked it, no need to worry!
Another phrase that we picked up quite quickly was "No Entiendo" or "Don't understand", this was said by many a shop assistant as we spoke English, slower and louder to them!
We spent some nights in Lima, the capital of Peru, where we explored the city in nervous anguish after a traumatic experience trying to buy bus tickets to downtown Lima, and a Peruvian girl who spoke some English took pity on us, helped us, and repeatedly told us to be careful as it is dangerous and there are lots of pickpocketers!
We stayed in Mirafloras, which is a nicer part of Lima and much safer as its a more touristy area. After 3 nights, we left with our Inca trail group to fly to Cuzco, high in the Andes. We had to stay there 2 nights to acclimatize ourselves to the altitude, which was very necessary as we felt pretty awful!
The Inca trail began with a day spent in the Scared valley, looking around ruins, and again, getting used to the altitude, this time with a bit of hiking.
Day one of the actual hike began early, and was the easiest day (they lull you in to a false sense of security!). We were excited to have completed day one, getting to know the group and guides and generally having a good time - then, we saw the toilets!!! Or should i say the whole in the floor of a hut. All excitement gone! Camping every night on the trail was good fun, and although it got very cold at night, you are reliant on a flash light, and the floor is very hard.... it was part of the whole experience! It was amazing to open the tent in the early hours of the morning to see the wildlife and panoramic mountain scenery.
Day two was well known as being the hardest, and the response to telling anyone that you had done the Inca Trail was "How was day two?". The walk on day two felt more like a climb then a hike, and we wanted to die. We kept back with the 75 year old Norwegian man, who to our defense, has spent his whole life in the army, so we didn't feel too ashamed... Once we reached the highest point of the whole trail - "Dead women's pass" - it soon became clear why it is called this as Abi fell dramatically to the floor while shouting "Tell my family I love them....".
Day three was a beautiful day as the scenery change every hour, and at times it was like walking through a rainforest, if the rainforest was located on the sheer edge of a mountain..
Day four began at 3.15 in the bloody morning! This was the day that we were hiking to Macchu Picchu, and even though we were tired after four days hiking and camping, it was completely worth it. Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the world, and it is easy to see why!
Our guide "Percy" was great, and continually gave us interesting talks about the Inca's.
One of the biggest amazement of the trip, was the porters. They are locals who would normally be farmers, but have part time jobs as porters to earn a bit of extra cash. These guys range in age from 23 to 65, and carry 25kgs packs on their backs, walk in old sandals, and still do the trek in half the time it takes normal trekkers! They carry all of the trekkers tents, food, propane gas bottles, and everything we needed to survive for the four days.
We were never so grateful for a shower and a normal toilet then that evening we arrived home! But the whole journey was incredible, and we felt a great sense of achievement at the end. The small things in life became so luxurious!
It takes almost a whole day to travel from Cuzco to Peurto Maladona, and then 3 hours down the river on a water taxi further into the rainforest. The cabin we stayed in was AMAZING as it had a hammock, and only 3 walls, and no door! One side of the cabin was open to the rainforest. Unfortunately, both ben and I became ill the next day and missed out on some of the activities. but we managed a short trek to the lake nearby and saw various animals and wildlife. In a space of a few hours we saw monkeys, macaws, a toucan, and lots more. We even ate a huge termite each!
Inca Trail Photos