Day 7 of the Choquequirao hike would go pretty quickly. I was out of my tent uncharacteristically at 7:30 (I like my sleep). Unfortunately I woke up a bunch of times last night. It was a pretty poor night’s sleep. It didn’t help that my tent was close to the people that were getting up at 4:30am either.
By 9 I hit the trail. It was 3,458 feet uphill to the road. Similar to yesterday, I focused on the little things along the trail.
Luckily I got a great assist from the weather. The sky was totally overcast and at one point there was some drizzle. I was able to beat the heat and 3 and a quarter hours in, I was at the top. There we took a food break while we waited for the last of the 4 to arrive. Rice, an egg, and french fries were had with tea. Then some cookies for good measure. Once we were a complete 4, we got in the sole taxi that was waiting for us to finish up.
A few miles up the road, we had to stop. Some local loggers had not cleared the road but were on their food break. They did not seem like they were going to stop eating at first but eventually sprung into action. We helped clear wood as well and within a few minutes, we were back on the move.
We were dropped off at the intersection where the road to Cachora met with the main road. There we could get a car to another town. Then from that town we could take a colectivo to Cusco. The entire fare to Cusco cost us 42.50 soles (about 14 dollars.)
Once back home I then set off on a feast at two of my favorite restaurants in Cusco. First it was Organika for a chicken salad, and then Prasada for the best vegetarian burger I have had to date anywhere. No one person that I have taken there has not loved it. Even the staunchest of carnivores.
I then headed “home” to my hostel where I had stashed some of my things.