Life after the Inca trail may have gotten a little crazy.
I got sick the night after going on the trail. Woke up in the middle of the night and puked my brains out. I didn’t even drink any alcohol. What a waste of a good puke. Then I constantly felt nauseous the next few days. As a belated thought, I probably should have used that time while I was resting to work on the posts…but I was too busy catching up on the posts from the Amazon and catching up on the Vampire Diaries. Shhh don’t tell anyone I watch it.
Then I came here…to Argentina. And I’ve been a major bum. Life here is very relaxed. And Amelia and I had to catch up on life, meet new people, start playing sports and all those fun things. AKA lots of excuses why I haven’t written this post. But of course, because my life here is more interesting than the Inca Trail….yeahh…sure…
We had to wake up at 4 AM. I really hated my life…even my dad, an avid morning person wasn’t too thrilled. Maybe it’s because he was SOOOO smart and flew in the day before. Yeah, he doesn’t like following directions. Especially those that tell him he should get to a city at least a few days before to acclimate to the altitude. He’s too cool for that…
We went with SAS. From many reviews it was one of the best companies out there. Since my dad wanted to tag along and it was his first time camping, I decided to get the best for him. I’m such a good daughter, right? (Remember this for later)
The whole group met at a hotel and then we were on the bus for several hours. A couple of pit stops to gather the last of the supplies (apparently) and then we got there.

Porters getting stuff together
Porters getting stuff together

First view off the bus...4 days in the mountains, YAY
First view off the bus…4 days in the mountains, YAY

We first had to organize our stuff, decide what to give to porters and what not to. My dad decided it would be a good idea to get bandanas. I learned long ago it’s usually not worth the effort of arguing with him, so I bought one for him and one for myself. To spite him, I got his hot pink. He liked it…
Before we knew each other, before we smelled really bad
Before we knew each other, before we smelled really bad

To actually get on the Inca trail, we had to go through Inca trail customs. Passport and everything. But we also got a stamp for our passport! I HAVE AN INCA TRAIL STAMP IN MY PASSPORT!!!! Do you have one of those? I didn’t think so.
Following the river to Inca trail immigration place :)
Following the river to Inca trail immigration place 🙂

Officially beginning the trail with the gang
Officially beginning the trail with the gang
While my dad still thinks this is a good, fun idea
While my dad still thinks this is a good, fun idea

INCA TRAIL
INCA TRAIL

So after crossing a small bridge, we waited for the whole group to get through. The whole pesky paperwork thing can take a few minutes. And so began our hike. It started with a sharp incline. I chilled in the back with my dad. Partly because I was lazy, partly because I wanted to spend time with him and partly because I felt like going at a relaxed- very relaxed pace.
Inca ruins to the side of the trail
Inca ruins to the side of the trail

'No, I'm okay. Just a little short of breath, a little old and a little out of shape.'
‘No, I’m okay. Just a little short of breath, a little old and a little out of shape.’

But then it evened out and we had constant breaks throughout the hike.
Since I feel like it is a good time to let the pictures do the talking…
Make way for horses and donkeys
Make way for horses and donkeys

More Inca ruins to the side of the trail
More Inca ruins to the side of the trail
Hey look, we just came from there
Hey look, we just came from there
Drinking the water from the stone..it's magic (or there are veins of water)
Drinking the water from the stone..it’s magic (or there are veins of water)
Follow the yellow brick river
Follow the yellow brick river

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More ruins to the right
More ruins to the right
Looking back to see the mountains, the clouds and possibly a snow capped mountain
Looking back to see the mountains, the clouds and possibly a snow capped mountain
Love rivers
Love rivers
He begins to think this wasn't the greatest idea...your will can't be changed, right dad?
He begins to think this wasn’t the greatest idea…your will can’t be changed, right dad?
Avacado tree and we learned about Aguas Floridas - a liguid that helps with altitude sickness
Avacado tree and we learned about Aguas Floridas – a liguid that helps with altitude sickness

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Just came from there, look for the line from the path
Just came from there, look for the line from the path
See that line of path now? And the ruins above it?
See that line of path now? And the ruins above it?
Ahhh here's the ruins from back there
Ahhh here’s the ruins from back there
And again looking back...so far we have come
And again looking back…so far we have come
Beautiful view for a snack
Beautiful view for a snack
Some ruins to the bottom, there is a functioning town there and they may even use the terraces for farming, not sure
Some ruins to the bottom, there is a functioning town there and they may even use the terraces for farming, not sure
View with the ruins
View with the ruins
The clouds made me begin to fear for my camera, but makes for a nice picture
The clouds made me begin to fear for my camera, but makes for a nice picture

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We ate lunch right over the river...may have been a bit too much food, but then people were talking about sports!!! YAY sports, and then we were talking about rugby...Americans we've got this wrong, the rest of the world loves rugby, why can't we love rugby that much...I think I got respect as I play rugby...RUGBY!!!!
We ate lunch right over the river…may have been a bit too much food, but then people were talking about sports!!! YAY sports, and then we were talking about rugby…Americans we’ve got this wrong, the rest of the world loves rugby, why can’t we love rugby that much…I think I got respect as I play rugby…RUGBY!!!!
A kid and his dog, true love, they were so cute wrestling around and playing
A kid and his dog, true love, they were so cute wrestling around and playing
These plants just intrigue me
These plants just intrigue me
Ready to set off after lunch
Ready to set off after lunch
Hi Stephanie! Hi good view!
Hi Stephanie!
Hi good view!
Inca trail mapped out
Inca trail mapped out

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Living on the edge!
Living on the edge!
The trees and roots make it seem like a magical tunnel to a magical place!
The trees and roots make it seem like a magical tunnel to a magical place!

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Flowers on the side of the road are pretty
Flowers on the side of the road are pretty

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Over the river and to the campsite we are (feels like we have to cross a river for all our destinations
Over the river and to the campsite we are (feels like we have to cross a river for all our destinations

Except we missed our campsite, had to backtrack ...I think my dad didn't appreciate it hahaha, but we all survived Day 1: Practice day
Except we missed our campsite, had to backtrack …I think my dad didn’t appreciate it hahaha, but we all survived Day 1: Practice day

Some interesting facts (Disclaimer: most of the information below was related to me by our guide. I have not looked into the validity of the information and if any of it offends you or is grossly incorrect, I apologize. I am only conveying the information that I learned from a source that seemed reputable.):
The government regulates the sacred valley but allow locals to do farming there
Many of the ruins are pre Inca ruins. The Incans had a different name for themselves in Quechua. It meant the 5 parts/nations. This is because the Incan civilization came together from 5 groups of people whom had to band together to protect themselves from an outside threat. Many of the ruins are from the respective tribes that came together to form the Incan civilization.
Another note, they don’t like to call the ruins, ‘ruins’. This implies a destroyed place and a dead culture. Instead they think of the “ruins” as archeological sites.
They have plastic bags flying in the wind attached to a pole to scare off birds from the crops. I like their recycling ideas.
Porters are legally only allowed to carry a certain weight.
We, the non-locals, are not allowed to have horses or donkeys on the trail as it destroys the trail. Either the locals are allowed or they do it anyway.
You’re not allowed alcohol on the Inca Trail.

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