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Day 1 of the 4d/3n Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu with the company "Inca Trail Reservations". Early pickup from Cusco, break at Ollantaytambo, and the start at "Km 82" near Piscacucho/Piskacucho at around 2,650m/8,700ft.
Following the Urubamba River and railway to viewpoint for Patallacta/Llaqtapata, then turn south up the Cusichaca River for a late lunch. A short hike up to overnight camp at Wayllabamba (~2,900m/9,510ft). Total distance: 12km; trek time: 4:45.
Gear for the three of us for the Inca Trail - most carried by porters
Breakfast/toilet break just before Ollantaytambo
2,792m/9,160ft, In the heart of the Sacred Valley
Temple Hill of Ollantaytambo, built by Pachacuti
One of the major sites in the Sacred Valley
Ruins and storage areas on the Pinkuylluna mountain, just east of Ollantaytambo center
Unloading site at "Km 82" near Piscacucho/Piskacucho. Long process as everything was weighed.
Our group of 7 - couples from Argentina and Scotland respectively
Footbridge across the Urubamba River marking the start
Checkpoint for hikers. Porters are checked nearby.
We waited for an hour as there was a permit problem with one of our porters
Finally at 1115a - crossing the Urubamba River and the head west on the south bank
Railway down to Aguas Calientes on the north bank
Qanabamba - first set of ruins on opposite bank
Flat hike but very strong sun. Also, our companions very fast walkers.
Looking back at Mt Veronica (5,893m/19,334ft) to the ENE
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