Sunday, May 31, 2015

Peru: Hiking to Choquequirao Part VI

The following day it was time to gather our belongings and get back to the river campsite we'd been at two nights before. The hike was not especially strenuous, but some of the downhills are steep and present a different set of challenges. I was glad my hiking shoes fit well, but I still ended up with one toe bruised under the nail. It stayed like that until it grew out weeks later. Again, no complaints; my wounds were tended by the beauty of the surroundings.




Views from the Campsite




Last views of Choquequirao Terraces




Back down the mountain...



Across the river again in the cart .. apparently the foot bridge is currently back in use and you don't have to cross this way anymore; though it was fun to do it!



Mules relaxing back at the riverside camp.


The woman above was part of our small hiking group. She was quite fit and out-hiked basically everyone, even our guides. Partly because of her incredible motivation, we all decided to hike on so we'd have an easier day the last day. That led us to the spot below, another stunningly beautiful place to have dinner and camp for the night.



This was our sunset view, below.



The next morning, it was back to hiking, bright and early, complete with more awesome scenery.



FInally, our hike was done. We waited here for our minibus.


Our porters cleaned up.



Back on the road, it's still fun to check out the sights.




Our (long) car ride took us to Ollantaytanbo. There, we got the train to Aguas Calientes. We would overnight there and spend our last day exploring Machu Picchu.



See the rest of our journey -





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