We were off again on the trail by 6am. There was a bit of a change of scenery today with lots of jungle to walk through along with plenty of Inca sites of interest. So far the weather had been OK, with a decent amount of sun although it was a bit chilly and windy on the more exposed ground. Today it rained for a good portion of the day and at times it was heavy. The poncho that Tina advised me to buy on Thursday became an excellent investment in order to keep me, and more importantly my documents, camera and laptop dry.
During the day Wayne from New Zealand began to feel ill. This prompted Joe, possibly the most Australian person I’ve ever seen to say, “The poor bloke’s crook. He was yakking all over the show before.” Fair play to the Wayne though as he made it round, although I don’t suppose he had much choice. I felt a bit for him as if you’re going to be unwell, the Inca Trail is the last place you’d want it to happen. As well as making the walk much more difficult, you’ve also paid a lot of money to enjoy yourself which doesn’t really happen when you’re barfing all over the place.
It was another hard day’s walking. Most of the morning was uphill, although at a much steadier gradient than yesterday. The afternoon was more varied with walking down wet rocks proving not to be the easiest terrain to negotiate. We covered 16km in total today but it with the conditions it felt like a lot more. We finished up at some terraces overlooking the campsite. When viewed from a higher vantage point earlier in the day this didn’t look to be anything great but when standing on them the scale of the work that it must have taken to build them was impressive. That said the engineering behind the whole Inca Trail is almost mind-boggling. How the whole path was built rock by rock, many of them huge, for miles in a remote area is an amazing act of engineering.
The camping can certainly be described as being of the glamping variety. Our tents were lugged around by porters and were already put up by the time we arrived at each campsite. We were provided with reasonable toilet facilities, a comfy air mattress and were given bowls of warm water to wash with. The campsite locations and views were amazing, albeit we were on a bit of a narrow ledge tonight in which one wrong move would have put you through the corrugated iron ceiling of the hut below!