Will trek for happy hour

After all the fun in Cusco, it was time to hit the trails. Literally.

We had to wake up around 5am to get ourselves ready and packed.

There was only 4 of us total on the trek and a team of 10 porters.

You carry your own day pack and the porters carry your other pack that

can only be up to 3 kilos. You gotta be a real smart packer on

this trek. No joke. My day pack held layers, extra socks, gloves

and hats. The pack that the porters carried included most of

my clothes to change into for days and nights.

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Here is Maggie all ready to rock. Her pack was a 50 liter from REI.

My pack was a 35 liter from L.L. Bean. We both had plenty of room

in the packs. I also put each days clothes in gallon plastic bags.

Not great for the environment but I did recycle the bags and use

them for other trips as well. So don’t worry. They will get

some serious re-use.

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You start the treat at KM82. This is the traditional start point for

the Inca Trail. Here we are with our 2 new friends from

Argentina.

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The first day of hiking is really tame day. You don’t get going until

mid-morning. Once we started, we hiked for a couple hours and

then it was lunch time.

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This is the first site we saw on the trek. This is actually one of the

first sites that Bingham stumbled upon as well. It was pretty awesome.

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We saw some pack mules/horses.

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This was us at the lunch spot. The crew had a tent set up and

served us soup, chicken and rice and finished with coffee.

After lunch, we hiked for a couple more hours on the trail.

Then we reached our sweet campsite. These our own homes.

We finished the day at Wayllabamba.

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They were cozy but cold. Maggie rolled on me a couple of times.

She tried to say that the tight quarters caused this but I think she

just wanted to get close.

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This is the view from our campsite. It was in the middle of the

mountains.

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This was our amazing team of Porters. These men were

incredible.
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Everyday of the trek ends with a happy hour. Yeah. Not the happy

hour I’m used to but it was the greatest. Cookies. Crackers. And hot

chocolate. It was the greatest way to end a long day of hiking.

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Day 1 was only about 7.5 miles of hiking and not too intense.

It was a calm and somewhat relaxing day of hiking and

just taking in the day with Maggie and our new friends. But

it wouldn’t last because day 2 was uber intense.

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Question: How do you pack/prep for your travels!?

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