Moray

Today the crew headed to Moray after our respective breakfasts. We got in a collectivo at pavitos, a street where one can take a collectivo toward Moray. The bus is destined for Urubamba but they make a stop at the fork towards Moray. We waited for the bus to fill but it had not filled much after about 40 minutes. At that point a local said she was going to the bus station. We followed in hot pursuit and wound up on a larger local bus for just 4 soles ($1.23 USD). That bus filled up quickly and took us to where we needed. At the connection, we haggled for a taxi and got one to take us for 5 soles a person ($1.54 USD). It was raining heavily but luckily after a few minutes at the site, it cleared up. We walked the lower route and then Brody and…

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Pikillacta

Pikillacta was on the itinerary for today. We were excited about this visit because this is a very vast and is pre-Incan complex. It was part of the Wari culture. A Little Background… One of my great areas of ignorance prior to coming to Peru was the sophistication I attributed to the Inca’s. That attribution was sort of misplaced. The pre-Incan societies were highly advanced and this is why the Inca’s were as well. The Inca’s were a civilization that formed a pinnacle society through what can be viewed as mergers and acquisitions. Some of them quite violent, while others were diplomatic. During its expansion period (1438-1533), the Inca had control of parts of Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, and Colombia. If you notice, the expansion period was only 95 years. It’s an impressive feat when you consider the large amount of land they overtook. In 1572, Tupac Amaru, the last Inca…

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Salkantay Trek – Day 1 of 5

I started my first day on the Salkantay Trek later than I was supposed to. I should have allotted myself some more time to take the collectivo to Mollepata. Instead, I ate at my normal spot and didn’t rush out the door. I also had to pay for my Machu Picchu ticket. The way that works is that you reserve the ticket online, and then have a 3 hour window in which to pay for the ticket. Since there are limited spots, this is how they control their ticketing. I did my reservation during breakfast and then walked to Graliceo where there is a payment office. After that I walked to the collectivo. Why am I buying my ticket? The reason is that this hike ties into the a portion of the Inca trail and then one can continue onto Machu Picchu. I made it to Mollepata (the town from…

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Salkantay Trek – Day 2 of 5

On day 2 of my Salkantay trek the weather was overcast and the rain was threatening. For good measure I haphazardly took down camp and made my way to the shelter. I would organize and pack under cover instead of risking getting rained on. The shelter had benches that could seat about 40 people. The shelter is also where I had hung my food the night prior to avoid critters from invading my tent at night. Then it was breakfast time! I heated up some maca porridge with cinnamon, artificial sweetener, and shredded coconut. While I ate some people came through. Two more solo trekkers and two groups. One group was just 2 people and the other was about 16. The guide from the group of 16 offered to have me tail them but I was still munching and enjoying my morning cup of coffee so they left without me. After my…

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Salkantay Trek – Day 3 of 5

On day 3 of my Salkantay Trek I woke up and was happy I had taken a shot of the lake the day prior because it was even more overcasts than yesterday. The lake was hardly visible. I ate well, packed up camp, and made my way down slowly. Today would be my most difficult day. I would ascend until I went over the pass. The pass is at 15,190 feet. Then I would drop back into the valley. On my way down from Humantay some of the fog lifted and you could see camp below. From the campsite, one hikes up.   There were lots of little waterfalls and streams throughout. Water would not be an issue to find and filter.  Lunch was had a Salkantaypampa at an altitude of 13,615 feet. There I had some ramen and a cup of coca tea. I sat in a little makeshift…

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