April 18th, 2016

We’re definitely feeling the miles today and while we’re having fun we’re happy that we’ll be at Machupicchu in a couple days. After waking up this morning, Holly and Courtney decided to take the bus and meet us at our lunch spot. They’re both recovering from hiking related injuries and wanted to give themselves a days rest before we hike to Machupicchu.

So after breakfast we set out on our hike, while Holly and Courtney prepared for the bus. The hike today consisted of a large uphill and steep downhill through the jungle. We made great time on the way up and even had a chance to grab some local coffee.

The downhill was the worst; it was the steepest downhill we’ve encountered so far and the rain made it slick with mud. It ended up becoming a contest to see if we could make it down without falling. Thankfully we made it to our lunch spot without any major injuries. Our lunch spot ended up being the train station and after grabbing lunch we boarded the train for a 40-minute ride to the town of Aguas Calientes, which sits at the base of Machupicchu. Aguas Calientes was our camp for the night.

After making it to town we unfortunately had to walk about 20 minutes until we reached our camp. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue but it wasn’t fun when we ended up having to carry our packs and duffle bags after having hiked the whole day.

We’re relaxing before dinner and also inspecting our bug bites and trying to determine what caused them. A few of them look nasty! Tomorrow is out last day of hiking; we’ll be hiking through the Sun Gate at Machupicchu. Now we have to decide whether or not an ice cold shower is worth the pain.

Here’s a look at our hike today…

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Happy Travels,

Brooke, Ryan & Melissa