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Chamana

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  • Day11

    Machu Picchu Day 2

    July 4, 2016 in Peru

    Happy July 4th!
    It was another beautiful 70 degree day in Peru. High temperatures have been between 70 and 75 each day though usually in the 40s and 50s at night.
    We had another opportunity today to go back into Machu Picchu. We arrived up the mountain at 9:30a, perfect timing for our 10:00 hike up Wayna (also spelled Huayna) Picchu. Only 400 people are allowed to hike up this mountain per day, 200 at 7am and 200 at 10am. There's a picture below, of the mountain in behind the gate. We had read that the hike was harrowing and STEEP. Both were right but mostly the latter. The hike up, which took us 53 minutes, was made up, primarily, of stone stairs, some at a 75-80 degree angle. We took it slow though and most of it was manageable. Views from the top were, once again, spectacular. It took us 38 minutes to descend.
    After that, we left Machu Picchu and took the bus back to Aguas Calientes. We walked to our hotel, Inkaterra, and cleaned up. They allow use of their showers even after check out. Lunch was included at the hotel, so we had a delicious lunch there. We took a walk through the hotel's Orchid garden though the flowers are, disappointingly, not in bloom this time of year. Still, a pretty walk and we did find begonias! Lucky us. 😉
    We walked the 5 minutes to the train station and left on the 4:22 train back to Ollantaytambo. They had a man in costume dance in the aisles and then had an alpaca wool fashion show by the train attendants. Flight attendants have it easy!
    Once we arrived, we were met by our driver from several days ago, Cero and another, English speaking guide. We drove nearly 2 hours to Cusco where we checked in at the Costa del Sol (a Ramada hotel). The hotel looks very charming and our room is nice. We walked into the city square which is beautiful and very European. We found a small trattoria to eat in and had some good Italian food.
    On our drive in to Cusco, I was reminded of an interesting thing about Peru. There are dogs EVERYWHERE! Our guides have told us they all belong to someone thought it's difficult to imagine. They all appear to roam the streets at will. What is fascinating is that you don't see dog feces anywhere nor have I seen any dog urinating. Not sure who is cleaning the streets as we haven't seen that either! Maybe these dogs don't require this bodily function?
    Off to bed - hope the fireworks 🎆 were great for you tonight!
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  • Day4

    So the day began with a bit of a hill followed by a flat-ish, undulating trail. Sadly, that was not to last. There big hills and three pit stops later, we reached the high point before lunch.

    The ascents themselves are challenging enough, though not unreasonable. But the altitude simply takes your breath, meaning even at a slow pace these hills require what our guide would call PMA - positive mental attitude.

    Nonetheless the views at the top and the sense of achievement make it thoroughly worthwhile.
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  • Day4

    Lunch stop (day 1)

    April 8, 2017 in Peru

    Just before lunch we stopped to see out first ruin: from high above it we could see the signature terraces as well as the watchtower overlooking them.

    From here, the descent was steep to lunch...seemingly counterproductive given the effort of the morning's climb. The arrival at lunch was, however, phenomenal. Our group is 13 people, for which we have a team of 22 porters and 2 guides. The porters ran - literally ran - ahead of us, each carrying around 25kg. This includes our own duffle bags, as well as group kit. For lunch, they had a full military operation - a dining tent laid out with tableclothed tables and cutlery over which they served us an amazing three course meal.

    Mercifully, while all this was going on, the rain broke and we emerged from lunch rather heavier but drier, and ready to tackle an apparently more challenging afternoon.
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