The Great Inca Trail - Part III
The Great Inca Trail that runs through Aypate connects south by a four-day foot path to an important, but now disappeared Inca Citadel named Caxas near an Inca bath. The walkable route (as the Inca road from Aypate has been covered over) drops in elevation 2,000 meters South from Aypate, weaving between river valleys and cloud forest, before climbing to Caxas. On the third of these four days, you go from the Aranza Valley to Bellavista, where were provided a roof from the hospital director of the local school, whose extra storage house worked as a great covered camp.
We’re expecting a full day’s walk to Caxas tomorrow, on what we hope will be preserved sections of the original Inca Trail. Although, the rain has been relentless, coming down a significant part of the day for the last week, meaning we’ll also have a significant amount of mud to work through as well. The constant rain definitely saps the spirits of the team, as it dampens a lots of aspects of life on the trail. …