Monday May 13, Day 1 Hike to Machu Picchu - Cachora to Santa Rosa Sur -
The hike to Machu Picchu begins now. Last night I took a night bus from Cusco to Abancay, arriving at around 3am. I got a cheap hotel near the bus station and got about three hours of sleep and woke at 6:30, to my ride waiting for me.
Vicente the driver picked me up along with a van load of teachers that were being dropped off in the same direction that I was going. There was a nation wide strike today, shutting down all the roads, so I was lucky to even get a ride.
I had a simple breakfast at a little spot in the tiny hamlet where the trail starts. I am hiking an alternate route to Machu Picchu than most do, passing through another ruins in this area, Choquequirao. It’s cloudy out. I think I will be walking in a cloud, at least to start the day. Milagros and Laney Luz were the two little girls at the place where I had breakfast. They had fun looking at photos and videos on my phone and asking me all kinds of questions.
I’m at camp now, a very rustic and primitive campground set high in the hills on the trail to Choquequirao. I still have about three and half hours to hike before I make it to the ruins tomorrow. After hiking all day, starting at 10 am, I got here around 4 pm. Not too far into the hike I saw a beautiful eagle, just overhead, circling around, a sign of good luck. The hike was pretty basic. Straight down for 3.5 hours, then across the river, and then the steep climb up the other side. Two hours of climbing up the hill brought me to where we I am now, campground Santa Rosa Sur. A half moon just rose, peaking over the mountain just behind me before the light in the evening sky faded. I just finished cooking and eating a delicious meal - shells with green pesto sauce with canned veggies, chia seeds, black quinoa, and fresh garlic. It was sooo good!
So now, after a night of very minimal sleep last night, I’m about to go crawl into my little trusty tent and curl up for an early turn in. Day one was a success! #greenheartculture #choquequirao #peru #machupicchu #hiking #trekking #camping #cachora
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