Today I…

May 24th, 2012 § 1 comment

Bought a belt from this lady in the San Blas neighborhood (she put it on me, pulling it through my belt loops; I felt like a little girl getting dressed by her mother):

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Climbed up the hills surrounding town and got a view of Cuzco like this:

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Meandered along narrow alleys such as this:

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And sipped a cappuccino from a balcony along the main square, Plaza de Armas, looking out to La Catredal de Cuzco:

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I also went to Enigma Tour and picked up this map and some info while paying our balance:

Here’s how the hike breaks down:

DAY ONE:
Hike 15 km (9.3 miles) – probably around 9 hrs
Starting altitude is 2,600 m (8,528 ft)
We camp at Llulluchapampa, at 3,750 m (12,303 ft)
Elevation gain: 3,775 ft (I have never done this in one day)
Looks like most of that gain is at the end of the day, too.

DAY TWO (the HARD day they say):
Hike 13 km (8 miles) – probably around 9 hrs
We hike over 2 mountain passes
First pass is named, “Dead Woman’s Pass” at 4,200 m (13,779 ft)
Second pass is at 3,950 m (12,956 ft)
We camp at Chaquicocha, at 3,500 m (11,483 ft)
Elevation is up and down this day, but there are 2 pushes up those passes that equal 2,621 ft of uphill exertion

It actually sounds better to me than Day One, but that extra elevation and corellating lack of oxygen will make it tougher **at the highest altitude this day, we’re only getting 40% of the oxygen we’re accustomed to

DAY THREE:
Hike 9 km (6 miles) – probably around 6 hrs
We hike over our 3rd mountain pass at 3,670 m (12,037 ft)
We camp at Winay Waya at 2,700 m (8,858 ft)
Elevation gain for the mountain pass is 554 ft, then it’s downhill

DAY FOUR:
We hike to Machu Picchu!!!!!
It will take about 3 hours (4 km / 2.5 miles)
No real elevation gain, but lots of downhill at the end, and very steep

§ One Response to Today I…

  • mom says:

    I am totaly blown away that ANYONE can make this hike. i would have to be about 20 years younger and totally in shape. I give you both credit for attempting this tour! Good luck and take care. i love you both! mom

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