DAY 93: THE INCA TRAIL - DAY ONE
This is the start of what was the driving point to our South America journey - The Classic Inca Trail hike 4d/3n hike. Something which we booked over 6 months ago. Only 400 people are allowed to start the trail each day. Including porters/guides/chefs etc. Leaving around 250 spots for tourists. We were honoured to be doing this hike and to have our permit.
We had our briefing the night before the trek, met some of our fellow group & guide and ensured we were kitted out ready for the early start. We were going to be hiking in a group of 8, plus one guide, one chef and 8 porters... here after known as CHASKIS - meaning mountain runners!
We were collected from our hotel at 5.30am and had around a 2 hour drive to the breakfast point then a further hour to the start of the trek: KM82 (Piscacucho). The Inca trail actually begins at KM0 which is Cusco - The Inca Capital. But the classic walking trail starts at KM82.
The walk began through the visitor centre then out onto the trail and along the Rio Urubamba. The train line runs along the other side of the river. We could hear the constant horns of the trains carrying visitor after visitor (or lazy people as our guide Freddy would say) to Machu Picchu.
We walked around 15km on the ‘Inca flat’ - otherwise known as undulating hills. Passed one temple (Llaqtapata) - a stopping point for the Incas making this walk many years ago. Saw so much beautiful scenery and ate THE best food cooked by chef Simon. Literally never knew campsite food could be so good!
The first night in our tent went without a hitch. After the last hour or so of hiking was joined by so many flies we had to cover our faces, we were glad of the fly free camp site. We all sat outside and had a beer too!
Massive shout out to our group - Simon & Michael, Maria & Manfred and Raul & Mary B. Not forgetting Papa Freddy our guide & the Chaskis. We just knew this trek was going to be amazing because of this group.
⬇️ Have you hiked the Inca Trail? How did you feel after day one? ⬇️ - 4 days ago