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Inca Trail Day 4 Part 1: Christmas Morning in Winay Wayna

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It wasn’t the earliest Christmas Day rise I’ve ever had, but it was one of the coldest and most sublime. It was 5 am at Winay Wayna, Peru. Christmas Morning Breakfast was served in the darkness. I had packed already …

Inca Trail Day 3 Part 9: Christmas Eve Party at Winay Wayna

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Everyone was in high spirits at Winay Wayna. Our Inca Trail group had really bonded well. This was the party the night before the point of the exercise. While we knocked back the ice cold Cusquenas, talk diverted itself to …

Inca Trail Day 3 Part 8: Arrival at Winaywayna

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After the highs of seeing the impressive Intipata and the tremendous views into the valleys, it was onwards on that happy walk to the finish line for the end of the third day. And there wasn’t far to go. I …

Inca Trail Day 3 Part 7: Intipata

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Intipata was a turning point. Or better still, a point of elation. Add to that some astounding Inca Ruins, the best view so far on the Inca Trail and the fact that we were just 30 minutes walk from our …

Inca Trail Day 3 Part 6: The Hardest Part Yet – “The Gringo Killer” Descent to Intipata

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Often called “The Gringo Killer” this part of the entire 4 day hike was the bit I found the hardest. Probably more a fatigue thing than the actual tough terrain, as it was mostly downhill and in spirals. But we …

Inca Trail Day 3 Part 5: Phuyu Pata Marka

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It was 3pm on the third day of the Inca Trail when we arrived at Phuyu Pata Marka, the highest stop point of today’s part of the Inca Trail (though we had been higher just 30 minutes earlier but without …

Inca Trail Day 3 Part 4: The “Real Inca Trail” Begins

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Well, yes this is the Real Inca Trail and not of of those fake Inca Trails I warned you all about, but one thing to note is that apparently the only official bit from the original Inca Trail starts halfway …

Inca Trail Day 3 Part 3: Wet Lunch at Chaquiqocha

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The third day of the Inca Trail in the morning had been the wettest to date on my South American adventure, meaning we were all drenched to the skin at lunch time and it was still bucketing down when we …

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