Aguas Calientes, Peru
Sept 9 Entry
On the 8th Barbara and I parted ways. Yes, the previous day’s bus ride up and down the mountain face, zig zagging back and forth in the Inca way was not a good thing for me. FEAR rules me when clinging to the side of a mountain without control. My imagination won`t quit, e.g.”Is this driver`s ticker in good shape and if it fails at this moment, who would know how to stop this monster with a belly full of passengers?” So up the mountain I trod at 9 AM on a wonderful jungle trek on well maintained, well marked stone steps. VERY ******* the legs and lungs…these stone steps average about 10 or 11 inches in height. Still I much prefer the climbing to the bus. I enjoyed the exercise and the intial trek along the gorgeous Urubamba River was a highlight. Arrived at the MP snack bar at about 10:30 and chugged a Nestle`s Green Tea before I saw Barbara stepping off the bus. It was a hot, full-sun day just like our first day on MP.
If you walk up and down, I recommend a walking stick to transfer some weight from legs to upper body. Bring some water, sunscreen and hat because some of the trail is exposed to the sun while most is under a jungle canopy. The descent is much faster, but still very ******* the knees. Running out of time this morning, but I will try to attach PICS before we leave for a tour of the Sacred Valley. Tomorrow morning (10th) we fly to Panama City on our way to Bocas del Toros (how I do love sea level!)
Up on the mountain we bought: 2 green teas, 2 sandwiches, 1 water and 2 cold beers = 113 Soles ($40.50 US). That’s not so bad. We also carried water in our backpacks. They didn’t really inspect any backpacks.