|Beautiful tree on the trek.|
We started with getting a collectivo 4 o'clock in the night from Cusco and we reached Mollepata at 7 o'clock. After delicious
|Full of energy hikers a at the beggining of trek.|
We started full of energy and motivation, keeping a very reasonable speed. Shortly after we started to appreciate great landscapes around us. For the whole first day we climbed up, up and up.
The first evening we reached the base camp for the high pass. We cooked our "delicious" Peru-Chinese soups (Asian people made them much more tasty) and fell asleep immediately after appreciating amazing night star sky. One is seriously much closer to the stars if he sleeps so high in the mountains. Because of the high altitude, it was supposed to be the coldest night on our trek and it was a bit chilly.
|Happy hikkers on the high pass!!!|
|Would not you like to rest in a spot like this?|
On that evening we reached our camping place just before a sun set and when I put my back pack down one metal-plastic plate of the two back straps that holds the backpack to my shoulders..... broke down. Till now I was extremely happy about my Gregory pack rucksack. Thanks to the huge and very stiff waistband this was the most comfortable backpack I ever had on mu shoulders. In the morning, with Maciek help using a piece of rope, duck tape and zaps
|MacGyver repaired backpack.|
The third day was a mud challenge day. The path was very wet muddy and steep. It was also a Wet Monday in Poland (Lany Poniedzialek).
|In the jungle.|
Surrounding jungle was beautiful and intensively green. We hiked along the river. In the afternoon we were still significantly far from our destination but we were already on the road and despite of landslide on one side, there was a truck that was driving in our direction. We stopped it and we jumped at the back of it. I was very happy that there was a possibility to introduce to Gosia and Maciek this way of transport.
|At the back of the truck.|
Unexpectedly in the village we met a polish guy that lived right now in Canada, Andrzej. We hiked together the fourth day. This day we climbed a very scenic Llactapata ruins from which we noticed Machu Pichu for the first time. From this point we had climbed down on the extremely steep and slippery road. Our road down to hydroelectric plant took much longer than expected.
|This light is... upcoming train.|
From hydroelectric plant to Aguas Caliente it was very challenging train tracks trek.
|Challanging train bridge.... especially in the night.|
|Explorers of Inka ruins.|
Finally we reached our destination, but the ticket office was apparently closed one hour earlier than we were told. We decided to take a day off in hot springs and climb Machu Pichu the following day.