Cusco & Inka Trek

Hello All,

We have a couple of hours before our bus leaves Cusco and we head off to Arequipa. Now seems like the perfect time to back up our photos and share some of our journey with you.

In short, Cusco during wet season is exactly that. Wet and cold. We had rain every day that we were here, but that didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves and having a great time. Our first two days B.T (before trek) we took everyone’s advice, took it easy, relaxed, drank a lot of Mate de Coca (Coca tea – helps with altitude sickness). We also ate a lot of delicious local food.

Adobo (thick pork soup) and Chicheron (fried pork)
Adobo (thick pork soup) and Chicheron (fried pork)

We saw the famous twelve sided stone.

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Kris with the twelve sided stone.

After our trek the weather didn’t improve – we had a lot of dark clouds and even had some hail on our first day back from the trek. We decided to spend a few extra days post trek in Cusco and are so pleased that we did. It meant that we got to be a part of the first weekend of the new year which saw a MASSIVE Catholic procession in the street to the church with the main church being FULL. It also meant that we were part of a lot of festivities and markets to bring in the new year.

Weather in Cusco -- dark rain clouds all the time cover the city with downpours happening often. It's PONCHO time.
Weather in Cusco — dark rain clouds all the time cover the city with downpours happening often. It’s PONCHO time.
Trying Guinea Pig at a local restaurant 'Cusquenita'. They also had a show at this place which was amazing.
Trying Guinea Pig at a local restaurant ‘Cusquenita’. They also had a show at this place which was amazing.
The procession into the church with all the locals joining in singing and playing instruments.
The procession into the church with all the locals joining in singing and playing instruments.
We did get to see a rainbow over the church which made up for all the rain we had :)
We did get to see a rainbow over the church which made up for all the rain we had 🙂

We also saw all the churches, ruins and Christo Blanco but that would be way too many photos here. We also ate at the markets (a lot), saw a lot of local produce and happily ate avocado with every meal (they have giant avocados).

Inka Trek

The Inka Trek was on my bucket list for a long time and I am so pleased to have finally completed it. We had an amazing group (just four people) and a great guide. I think a small group like ours meant we were able to be a lot more flexible than the bigger groups (10+ people) that we saw along the way.

So hopeful at the start of the trek
So hopeful at the start of the trek

As it was rainy season we had a lot of rain. Every day. For many hours. This became known to our little group as ‘PONCHO TIME’.

At a rest stop - please note that I am covered with rain. This was the first PONCHO time.
At a rest stop – please note that I am covered with rain. This was the first PONCHO time.
More rain. Always more rain.
More rain. Always more rain.
This is the view from our tent on the first camp night. Worth the 11km hike through the rain and wind? Absolutely.
This is the view from our tent on the first camp night. Worth the 11km hike through the rain and wind? Absolutely.

On the second day (hardest day) we climbed to the highest altitude and then descended again. For many, the uphill climb was the battle. For us it was the downhill as we had so much rain the downhill was a river (literally) and we had to be really careful with our knees and ankles.

At the top (4215m altitude).
At the top (4215m altitude).
Day 3 we had pockets of dry weather. When I say pockets I do mean we had 10-15minutes without rain.
Day 3 we had pockets of dry weather. When I say pockets I do mean we had 10-15minutes without rain.

Then we celebrated New Year and my birthday. Freddy our cook had made a delicious cake, everyone sang happy birthday. We left our camera in the tent so will share photos when our trek buddies send them through to us. Feliz Ano Nuevo.

On my birthday we reached Machu Picchu and it didn’t rain. YAY! There were clouds but they parted and gave us beautiful, magical views. No amount of words or pictures can do this justice. It is something that must be experienced for oneself and is made so much more meaningful after 3 days of hiking in rain and wind. Having nothing dry. A 3am wake up call to reach the check point in time.

Happy New Year!! Even with the early wake up call.
Happy New Year!! Even with the early wake up call.
This was our first view of Machu Picchu (it is behind the clouds) as per usual on our trek. It did clear and we had a great view (for a brief moment).
This was our first view of Machu Picchu (it is behind the clouds) as per usual on our trek. It did clear and we had a great view (for a brief moment).

Finally, we reached the postcard view of Machu Picchu. We were so proud of ourselves and the clouds parted to show us this magical place.

Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu.

Also, before I forget. Machu Picchu has llama’s. We fed the llama’s.

Feeding the llama's with Machu Picchu in the background. Just another ordinary birthday :)
Feeding the llama’s with Machu Picchu in the background. Just another ordinary birthday 🙂
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