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April 11, 2009

Salkantay Trail

With hospitals in full swing, we managed to get on our Machu Picchu trek and walk day in day out, which was amazing, but hard on the old legs.

Our guide was Percy, Percy Huaman. He was quite the character, and had an extremely bubbly personality and cheeky grin. When it became apparent that we were finding the trek reasonably straight forward, he challenged us to a number of extras, letting us walk the long way round on a few occasions and racing us up hills at altitude – needless to say he won.

Our fellow trekers were Morag (another Warwick Medical Student), Ana (a swedish girl who lives in Bavaria), and Joe (a south african chap on a mission to walk to Machu Picchu).

The whole experience was tough, but great fun, and Machu Picchu was pretty amazing, and the views through the mist were incredible (except at the top of the extra mountain, where we were so high all we could see was mist!!)

The trip ended in marginal disaster though as Dan was rushed on a train with Morag, and Dave remained stranded in Agua Caliente (the town adjacent to the Machu Picchu site), as some tickets seemed to have gone AWOL.

All ended well though in Dave´s safe return, and a good time was had by all.

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