Category Archives: Inca Trail

What drives the world’s greatest living explorer?

I was up and out of bed early this morning (*cough*forasunday*cough*) because — of course — Sunday mornings means training with the Dragon Boat team. Yesterday, there had been a message that it was possible training would get cancelled today … Continue reading

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Day 6: Winay Wayna-Machu Picchu

You think you know Machu Picchu. You have seen it in guidebooks, in things to do before you die lists, in Facebook photo albums of various friends. You’ve seen it in high-definition technicolour. How can seeing it in person not … Continue reading

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Day 5: Pacamayo – Winay Wayna

Our last full day’s hiking began shortly after 5.30am, on a cold Andean morning above the Pacamayo river.  Joe had slept the night through, and the cheerful porters were greeting us all with bowls of hot water for washing in, … Continue reading

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Day 4: The Inca Trail, Wayllabamba to Pacamayo

After a restless night disturbed by tentmate Joe’s frequent and noisy vomiting, we started the second proper day of walking with the knowledge that this would be perhaps the hardest thing many of us had ever done — and possibly … Continue reading

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Day 3 KM 82 – Wayllabamba

Day three started early, with an alarm call at 4.30am. My phone shows a text sent at 5.37 to the girl, just before we were leaving the hotel. I’d already been up for an hour, and it was another hour … Continue reading

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Day 2 — Sacsayhuamán

“Sunday, May 31 6.30am: Sunrise over the mountains, and I’d forgotten what an amazing sight that is. Today is an acclimatisation walk, we’re being taken up to about 3500m and then walking back. I admit here to being concerned about … Continue reading

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Day 1 — Cusco

After much delay (it’s been two weeks now since Machu Picchu), I begin a series of posts about the Inca Trail. As always, my travel writings go under the working title of “Stay out of circulation til the dogs get … Continue reading

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>Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone

>In an effort to get some training in for Peru, I joined two fellow trekkers for a walk in the Chilterns, an area of “outstanding natural beauty”. It was rated as seven out of 10 in difficulty, about 20km and … Continue reading

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>New year, more donations

>Updates have been on the ground lately, but you will all hopefully be pleased to hear how the fund-raising is going. To date, the current total is standing at a huge £2,170 — a massive thank you goes out to … Continue reading

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>Moving into marketing — and more donations!

>It’s been too long since my last update, please forgive me loyal followers, supporters and sponsors! Since my last update, I have got a new job — leaving behind the grey, drab world of purchasing I have become the new … Continue reading

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