After reading a bunch of reviews about Lorenzo, we signed up for their Inca Jungle Trek, billed as an adventure travel trek on much of the same or alternate trails as the original Inca Trail. Along with our terrific Quechua guide Wilbert, we headed out with 2 Germans, one Norwegian, and one Belgian fellow trekkers.
|Looking back at our route up from the valley below.|
|Coca grows everywhere|
|Another coca patch along the trail|
|Rest stop. The pelt of the endangered jaguar above the door was a shame, but this is real life, and not simply a stop for tourists for these folks.|
|Fellow Belgian traveler Sidney stylin' up the trail|
|Ancient Inca trade route winds up the steep mountain|
|Typical lunch stop. The food was fantastic!|
The morning of day 3 started with a side trip to a zipline course. With 6 lines, the course 150m over the Sacsara river is spectacular. The first zipline course in Peru, and also the highest, we had a blast. Guides let you fly upside down over the canyon, and strapping my GoPro camera to the helmet was "no problema"!! Very cool, and different from the policies of some other zip companies we've tried in Mexico and Canada. Unfortunately the video files bring this little netbook computer to its knees, so we'll have to post them another time.
|Cindi checks out the carved pools, believed to be "sun mirrors" at the solstice. Yellow tape marks the archeologists work area.|
|Beautifully carved stone hinge detail|
|Stone used for animal and possibly human sacrifices|
|"Inca Bridge" trail crosses an incredibly steep, narrow cliff bridge.|
|Llamas grazing all over the site|
Tonight we'll be taking an overnight bus to Arequipa, home of the Colca Canyon. The journey continues!