Inca Trail – Peru
The Inca trail starts with a couple of steep climbs. This day is supposed to be easy compared to tomorrow. We pass our first sighting of an Inca site, we’ve been told it’s an Inca check point, where travellers going Machu Picchu were counted and could rest and eat, but it was also used as a look out to protect the rest of the Inca sites.
We walk from 9.45-13.45 and then we have lunch. I’m amazed at the sight of our lunch tent. The porters have set up a mess tent and a kitchen tent, they’ve cooked our lunch, they’ve boiled and cooled water for us to wash our hands in. We all have our own bowls to wash our hands in and they come round and offer us some hand wash, so civilized for the middle of the Andes!
By the time we arrive for lunch I’m so exhausted, I can’t believe this is the easy part, I’m not sure I’ll make it tomorrow, this has already become a game endurance of taking one step at a time. After lunch we have 20 minutes for a rest and I lay flat out on the grass basking in the sun. I’ve just noticed I have itchy ankles so I take a look and my ankles are red, swollen and itchy, slightly worrying. I mooch around for a while wondering what to do, asking some members of our team what they think it is, and then I get snapped at by some of the other group “it’s a heat rash!” jeeze, there is no compassion with these guys. I’m not sure about the other group, they seem pretty annoying. I convert my zip-off trousers into shorts (I can’t believe I know own a pair of these horrors, let alone tell you about it!), but I hope they cool down my ankles.
After lunch we walk for another 2 exhausting hours, which is mostly uphill and the effects of the altitude are beginning to take hold. We spot 4 hummingbirds, which I think is incredible and spotting more flora and fauna keeps me entertained for the rest of the walk. I’m now on an orchid spotting mission.
So after those 2 hours of walking we finally arrive at our day 1 camp. Our tents are set up perfectly and are aligned very close to our neighbors, I hope they don’t snore. We camp next to Leigh and Carla, I don’t think they’ll snore. Not long after we arrive it starts to get dark and we have to stumble around for a bit organizing our sleeping bags, pjs, torches and etcetera.
We eat a massive dinner, with starter, mains and pudding and then have hot chocolate and we bed down for the night. I wonder how I will sleep.
It turns out I’m so tired I’m asleep within no time and can hardly finish writing my blog.