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DAY 2 – SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU


Wayracmachay to Camp Loreta:

  • DATE: OCT. 10, 2017
  • DISTANCE: 18 KM
  • ELEVATION: 3800 M (Wayracmachay) – 2130 M (Camp Loreta)

It was our second night on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. We didn’t have a restful sleep, it was cold, and Manuel’s story of wild dogs made me paranoid.  There was none of course, just the wind playing with our tents. But the gorgeous view, and the smell of our delicious breakfast made me feel better. Even my altitude sickness was fading.

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cold morning in the mountains

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breakfast of champions

We joined the group in the breakfast tent. Then like in a movie Manuel came in and asked “is there a doctor in the house?” I thought he was joking, but he wasn’t.  Luckily we did have a doctor in our group. She tended to a trekker from another team. Luckily it was nothing serious, but the trekker and his son did have to turn back.

After all the excitement we packed our belongings. Pancho and Hernan helped us fill our water bottles with boiled water. Then we headed downhill towards the cloud forest.  The team packed up the tents and the rest of the camp. A few minutes later they passed us on the trail. Why were they so fast?

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on the road again

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mountains on one side

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cloud forest on the other side

The scenery changed around us, mountains made way for lush forests and valleys.  Manuel told us about the medicinal plants that could be found in the forest. He also showed us the grass they used to make old rope bridges.

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natural medicine lesson

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couple shot with some face paint!

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squatting toilet stop

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this place was mistakenly tagged as an Inca site. It was a rice terrace built by a local farmer

After hours of walking we stopped for lunch. Umberto cooked aji de Galina, and llama stew (it tasted like beef). They also made chicha morada drink (purple corn), which was so refreshing.

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lunch stop

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llama stew!

From there we said goodbye to our 2 horsemen.  Tomorrow we would be entering an Inca Trail and no horses were allowed there. We continued on to our camp for the night. It was a long day of walking but the views of the valleys were worth it.

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this bread was so delicious!

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siesta!

Around 4 p.m. we finally made it to our campsite, in La Playa.  There was a hot tub, heated by solar power. We wasted no time getting in the tub. There was also a shower, the water felt amazing after 2 days of hiking.

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some very windy roads

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crossing the river to the other side of the valley

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last rest stop before camp

Dinner was plentiful and quick.  There was a hilarious story of one of the girls seeing a scorpion in the bathroom.  She was also having stomach issues, and Manuel kindly offered her a special drink. While announcing “have some of this it’s good for diarrhea”. It’s funny how after only 2 days of hiking we already felt comfortable with each other.

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Camp Loreta, hot tubs and showers!

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made it to camp!

After dinner some of the group rushed off to watch a soccer game. We opted for sleep, which felt amazing. We were at a lower altitude, and I could hear the rain outside. what a relaxing way to end our second day of trekking.

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