Inca Trail Day 1
I had a bad night with the runs – not a great start to the hike but Karen set me up with a pill to shutdown my system, Gareth got my antibiotics and I also took some herbal pills – in the end I was a walking chemist set. The bus ride to the start of the hike wasn’t great – I was glad I didn’t eat breakfast. We started at Chillca and I was rugged up as I felt cold, this didn’t last long. We met our assistant guide Miguel, the porters and the cooks for the hike. Our first stop after 1 hour was the Piskaccuchu site which can’t really be seen from the train nearby. We cursed those who catch the train for unless they are old, too young or sick they are slack. We learnt about how the different levels were to set up for farming most of the time and faced east. At this point Kelly’s feet started blistering and the thongs had to come out – somehow Kelly managed to not throw her hiking boots over the mountain. From here we moved onto the Llactapata site in order to get there we had our first hard climb of the hike, it was at this point I learned to love the walking sticks – THANK YOU KELLY FOR SAYING WE NEED TWO WALKING STICKS.
Lunch was our first meal prepared by the cooks, unfortunately I couldn’t eat anything. I did however realise that with my system shutdown I might not have to use the Bano (toilet) a big bonus. We got to the Wayllabamba campsite early around 3 pm and I sat down with Emma and watched Gareth and Andrew messing around – way too much energy. Again I can’t eat dinner but I did manage a snack for tea (we get 4 meals in one day to maintain our energy).