Inca Quarry trail crew

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 :: 10:13 pm

I must admit that even though I thought I was quite active and fit for the trail, the combination of the elevation and the environments that we weren’t quite used to (ie. daytime highs and evening lows were about 25 degrees Celsius apart) really made parts of the Inca Quarry hike quite tough. There were times when we were just a few steps away from a peak but my heart was racing at more than 120 beats/min, forcing me to take a short break before continuing. Under normal circumstances it would take me more than 30 minutes of constant exercise to get to this level!

In terms of gear – of course we didn’t carry all of it while hiking. We had 5 horseman leading the horses (allowed on the Inca Quarry trail) carry duffle bags for us, while we only carried the essentials in our daypack. These guys would start behind us on every segment and somehow manage to pass us after a couple hours in sandals. Yes, that’s right, sandals. Running with the horses carrying all our camping and kitchen gear. All the tents would be set up well in advance of our arrival and cooking would begin.

Once we got to a campsite, I felt like we were totally pampered, starting with a refreshing cup of chicha morada when we arrived, followed by a tub of warm water for everyone to wash their face, hands, and feet in. Mornings would begin with a wakeup call at 6am with hot coca tea delivered right into your tent. Service was better than a 5 star hotel here. We would have 3 nutritionally balanced buffet meals prepared for us by the 2 chefs, as well as afternoon tea just before dinner. Meals and camp life to be posted later.

I owe a ton of gratitude to these guys for making the trek actually quite enjoyable and putting our “hiking” skills to shame :-P

Horseman reaching the 2nd peak shortly after us, as we took a short break and enjoyed the views (click for larger)

Inca Quarry trail 2nd peak

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Our faithful emergency horse + horseman

Inca Quarry trail horseman

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Inca Quarry trail crew

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5 Responses to “Inca Quarry trail crew”

  1. 小N Says:

    wow the chefs hiked with you guys in their uniforms too? that’s way too hardcore XD

  2. Nat Says:

    Wow!!! That sounds so amazing… I’m not huge on traveling but this I might just need to put on my to-do list.

  3. a70 Says:

    小N: Nope, they put that on when they are on duty, cooking! Then the rest of the time they just dress like the horsemen too!

    Nat: I’ve wanted to visit Peru since I was in elementary for some reason.. probably because I saw a photo of Machu Picchu. I’m going to predict that it’s going to become a popular “to-travel” destination in the next few years.

  4. Michelle Says:

    Love the photos! It all seems so.. grand, especially the first.

  5. a70 Says:

    Thanks Michelle! I actually have a bunch more that I’m planning to post up on my blog later, including each day of the hike. In the meantime you’ll be able to find the photos-in-progress on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100408645248651.2517673.21004326

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