121 - 9th April 2006 - Inca Trail


Beginning the Inca Trail - Handing over our bags to the porters


The Inca Trail starts at kilometer 82, measured from Cusco


Looking and feeling optimistic at the start of the trail


The first checkpoint - they check your passport number against the ticket


Horse on the trail


Donkey on the trail - The first section was quite rural


Sheep on the trail


Pepe - Our guide taking a break


The trail wound through the Sacred Valley of the Incas


It crosses several rivers


Bhanu walking up one of the larger hills from the first day


The trail we just walked along from the top of the hill


Willkarakay Ruins


It began to drizzle in the afternoon


More animals on the trail


The mist covering the tips of the andes


The bull attacked anyone who came to close


The last rest of the day


Walking up the muddy track to the campsite


Inca Trail Shopping Centre - They accept Visa and Mastercard


Our home for the night


The view from my sleeping bag


Day Two - Back on the trail


Crossing a rickety bridge


Day two covered 9 kilometers and a climb of 1.2 kilometers


But the scenery was spectacular


Walking through the tropical forest


Toilet stop in the Andes - Surprisingly clean


Dog hanging around looking for scraps of peoples snacks


There was a bit of a climb to the toilet


Climbing up to Dead Woman's Pass - Steve, the other tour leader giving me a wave


Tired but still going - Nearly at the top


Climbing, climbing, and more climbing


At the top - 4215 meters above sea level


Happy to have finished the climb


The four at the front - We finished the last section in 50 minutes - It was supposed to take an hour and a half - Stephen, Chris, Karen and Richard


But then of course you have to climb back down


And it's a long, long way down


Waterfall by the side of the trail


Washbasins waiting at the campsite


Home sweet home


Another rickety bridge


The map of the trail - The campsite was between the 15 and 20 kilometers mark


Tiny waterfall by the path


The mist closing in as the evening wore on


The campsite from further up the trail


The whole team - The men in the tunics were our porters - They were incredible and did the trek far faster than us and carrying over 20 kilos of equipment each


The Dead Womans Pass as seen from the campside - It is supposed to be in the shape of a resting old woman


Night falling


The waterfall running through the campsite


Late night poker


Day Three - Morning view through the valley - We had 21 kilometers to walk on day three


The first ruins we came to - Runkurakay - a lookout point


The waterfall running down the mountain


The view from the top of the second pass


We had to climb down over 2000 Incan steps


And some of them were very steep


Sayacmarca - The second set of ruins on day three


Below them were the ruins of Conchamarca - the servants town


The number three was very important to the Incas - Hence three niches


Pepe showing us a sacrificial altar - You can see a carving of the Inca in the rock wall


A caterpillar on the trail


The mist really came in on the third day so we couldn't really see the valley below us


The trail went through some caves


A fountain at the Phuyupatamarca ruins


More Incan stairs - They seemed to go on for ever


Keeping off the mist


More of the ruins


More Incan steps - Hard on the knees


They just kept on going for hours


Flora of the trail


The Peruvian rainforest


We were told that the campsite was near a pylon - I have never been so glad to see a hunk of metal in my life


The Urubamba river far below us


Walking along the railway to Maccu Piccu town - The main trail had been closed by a mudslide so we couldn't cross the famous Sun Gate


Victorious at Pacamamas Pizza restaurant