Tomorrow we start the trail!
We have had 3 days of getting used to the 3500 feet altitude with small treks and visits to lesser known Inca secrets like the towns of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Chinchero, Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo. Check out the photos on Facebook.
The common language is Spanish but many of the natives still speak the ancient Quechua language. The food is greatly influenced by the Japanese, Chinese and Italians. Local delicacies are guinea pigs(cuy) and the alpaca. I have tried the alpaca. Still thinking about the guinea pigs.
Potatoes is a popular staple here and they are delicious. There are 3000 varieties to chose from and one of them when mashed, can be used as a beauty mask at night! Unfortunately, I have not been able to unravel any other Inca beauty secrets.
We have been given 1 duffel bag and our own day knapsack to pack for the next 4 days. The nights will be zero degrees or less, so almost all of the duffel bag is already filled with a sleeping bag and thick jacket for the night. The other necessities are change of shirts, underwear and socks.
We will be provided with enough water for basic toiletries so a toothbrush and toothpaste are all we are supposed to bring. I have however sneaked in what I never travel without : My
1. Environ C Quence Eye Gel
2. Environ AVST4 moisturiser
3. Environ RAD sunscreen
4. Jane Iredale SPF20 Pressed Mineral Powder (Latte)
I feel ready now to do whatthe Incas did 600 years ago, walk from the Sacred Valley to the ancient city in the clouds, Machu Pichu, a place of worship and a place to track the stars. Next update in 4 days.