on October 18, 2000
We must have over-trained for this hike. At 45 and the oldest one in our group, I found that it was nowhere near as strenuous as we had been prepared for. Our tour group was excellent. Even in the pouring rain the guide and porters went beyond the call of duty. Every morning they greeted us with a hot cup of tea as they woke us. They prepared three great meals every day and they smiled as they passed us on the trail carrying more stuff on their backs than I own. The last day does become an Inca traffic jam. The 2 day hikers join the trail with those who did the 4 day and, oops, there are a lot of people. Fortunately the goal is worth it. I will have to go back and do it again when it isn’t raining. I felt I missed some incredible views because they were covered in clouds.
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