SA 11: Back from the Inca Trail

I don’t think I’ve ever been so exhausted in my life.

I don’t think I’ve ever done anything physically more difficult or rewarding.

I don’t think anything I’m going to do on this trip is going to top the Inca Trail.

I’m physically bagged.  From a day 1 wake-up of 3:30 am followed by 7 hours of hiking, to getting up to 4200 metres after a two hour uphill hike on day two and feeling what altitude is all about on Dead Woman’s Pass, to the size and serenity of Winay Huayna on day three to finally seeing Machu Picchu and getting “The Picture” on day four, I am just plain exhausted.  Day one was cool and breezy, day 2 saw rain and hail and sleet, day 3 went up to 25 degrees and today was just scorching.  My left hip hurts like hell.

Mentally, well, I’ve flipped the photos on Facebook and I’m writing here so people know I’m alive.  I’m not going to be able to write enough to give the Inca Trail experience the respect it deserves.

Huge thank you to our awesome guide Ruben and the folks at Llamapath for their professionalism and hard work (and for fixing a torn pair of pants for me).  Big thanks to our hiking partners, Josh and Janice, who are both rocks in spite of not being able to eat real food.  And a HUGE thanks to Daina, because I don’t think there’s a single person on this planet I’d rather be doing this hike with than him.

Peru pick link is here, too tired to post twice.  Off to sleep and Lake Titicaca tomorrow.

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