We left Cusco on Thursday morning at 6:15am and a few hours later, we began our trek on the Inca Trail. It will be hard to describe the last four days and I´ll be happy when I´m able to put up pictures.
I´ll say now that I´m glad we all finished and did so safely. I feel very blessed to have seen the glories of creation that I have seen. I´m in awe of what the Incas carved into their mountains.
The hike up to Dead Woman´s Pass on Day 2 and the long, grueling trail down along the mountain on Day 3 combined to become the most difficult physical challenge I´ve ever faced. When we stopped at the Sun Gate over Machu Picchu today and watched the morning fog slowly give way to our first sight of the ancient city, I felt real joy.
My toes are unbelievably swollen and will require lots of attention. As the steroid and ibuprofen leave my system, I´m sure my body will let me know just how much it suffered. But, we achieved our goal, one step after another, walking together, striving to do more than we should be capable of doing.
Today, we found a secluded spot near the royal quarters of Machu Picchu, sorrounded by towering mountains and scorching in the Andean sun. We took our coca leaves, chewed, and reflected. Then we ceremoniously spit them out. Ready to return to the much longer trek ahead of us.
Tonight Cusco, tomorrow Lima (Miraflores), and then back to the States.