We spent our first day in the Sacred Valley hiking part of the Inca Trail. Even then shorter version (7 miles) kicked my butt! But the views were so worth it. It was such a spectacular day. Words really can't do it justice.
^^ That's cute little Jon sitting way up there :)
^^ Soaking in the view as we turned the corner and saw this sight below:
Tired and sweaty, we returned to our hotel where we found a giant spider waiting for us in our room (I'm talking larger than my hand), to which the grounds keeper, upon our request to remove it, gave a little chuckle and said "Oh that? Typical garden spider..." But nothing a good massage and spa sesh can't cure.
On our way out of the Sacred Valley, we got stuck on the tracks due to a teachers' strike in Cusco. It was quite amazing how the teachers, students, and community members rallied make an impact; they had effectively blocked all roads going to/from Machu Picchu for miles. Like, a lot of miles. In the middle of the night, they had taken out some of the rails on the tracks and littered the roads with giant boulders so that it was impossible to drive around them. It ended up delaying our trip by about 5 hours or so, which also caused us to miss our flight back to Lima, but it actually ended up being a really memorable experience for me. Teacher power!!!
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