CC Kat on the sacred Inca Trail

Machu Pichu, the sacred ancient lost city of the Incas in Peru, hidden three thousand feet above sea level in the clouds, this is my destination.

Arrived at Cusco, a large town near the trail to acclimatise ourselves to the atlttude for 3 days before starting the trail. Had a bout of altitude sickness. Slept for 12 hours, took some dexamethsone steroid, ibuprofen, paracetamol, lots of coca tea(same stuff as cocaine) and felt better. I am ready to kick ass now.

The famous Inca Trail is a 4 day and 3 night hike linking the Sacred Valley to Machu Pichu. We (a group of 4) will be led by a guide and a team of 8 sherpas (porters), who will be carrying the camping equipment, and of course a cook.

As you can see from the picture, the days are sunny (15 to 20 degrees) and the nights cold and dry (0 to 5 degrees). So I am armed with my hat, long sleeved cotton shirt and favourite sun protection – Environ RAD and Hydration set. I am a firm believer in looking good even in rough conditions.

Will update in the next few days before we start on the trail when there will then be no communication for 4 days!

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