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.
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.
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
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.
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.
We saw some pack mules/horses.
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.
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.
This is the view from our campsite. It was in the middle of the
This was our amazing team of Porters. These men were
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.
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.
Question: How do you pack/prep for your travels!?