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Swinging bridge over the Santa Teresa River

Repair required


Toll booth

Looking across the valley to Lucma Lodge

A village along the way

Bad road ahead, hard hats mandatory


Mules and drivers are excempt from the hard hat rule


Wash out

Looking back up the river valley

End of the mule road

Our taxi to the next stop

Pepe demos how to eat Passion Fruit

Dale gives it a try

Saying goodbye to the mule drivers and ambulance

On the Llactapata Inca Trail


We go this way


Made it to Lucma Lodge

Greeters with cold towels and drinks

Skip the juice, go right for the Cusquena


Cheers Pepe!

The gang relaxes in the shade...

...while porters carry up our gear

Lucma Lodge



Lunch is served

At the coffee "plantation"

Somebodies dinner

Roasting coffee beans



A job well done

Into the grinder

Enjoying the final product

Back at the lodge

Pepe tells the final Inca story

Now we can go to Machu Picchu

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Bridge over the Santa Teresa River

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Don't Look Left

Day 5 was the least exciting hiking day of the trip to date. It used to be one of the longest walks but the old trail was washed out and hasn't been repaired yet so much of the day was spent walking along a dirt road. It was still a pleasant walk, very few cars passed by and it was made a bit more exciting because we had to wear hard hats for much of the morning. The road isn't much safer than the old trail! After walking for about 3 hours, we arrived at a rest stop where a bus was waiting to drive us to our next walking point. This place was passion fruit city, they were dropping to the ground around us! Pepe gave us a lesson on how to peel and eat the fruit and then it was time to say goodbye to our trusty mule drivers and smiling ambulance. The next part of our trek was on a newly restored Inca Trail and that means no mules allowed and our bags would have to be carried to the lodge from the road by porters. All morning, Christina had been getting a lesson from Lizaida in Quechua (the language spoken by the Incas and their descendants, including our mule drivers). She thanked them from all of us for their efforts on our trip and handed over what was hopefully a nice tip. Then we climbed on the bus and had a bit of a nerve wracking drive for 45 minutes, along a narrow road that disappeared into an abyss on one side. We were dropped off at the start of the Llactapata Inca Trail, a perfect pathway leading through coffee and avocado farms and after a short 30 minute walk uphill, we arrived at our next lodge, Lucma Lodge. Another wonderful lodge, beautifully constructed and fitting right into the surroundings. No hot tub at this lodge though! We're at 7000' (might as well be at sea level!) and it it hot and steamy here. Even though we haven't seen any signs of them, bugs are apparently a problem here and a hot tub isn't practical (or necessary!). We relaxed with a cool beer before lunch and once we'd finished another excellent meal, Pepe led us to a nearby coffee plantation where we saw how coffee is cultivated, harvested, roasted, ground and finally consumed, by us! It was so delicious we bought a bag of beans to take home. The suspense finally ended when Pepe completed the story of the Incas. We're now ready to go to Machu Picchu and will have a much better understanding of what it represents. Another great meal and an early night as we have to be on the trail early tomorrow morning. We have a deadline, we have to catch the train to Machu Picchu (or actually to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu).

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