Salkantay trek day 4
Day 4 was quite an intense hike. Starting again at 6am, this time it was raining even before we began our walk, but not very hard fortunately, just hard enough to make some decent mud. Less than an hour in we stopped to taste some local coffee grown on the mountain, and had some delicious Yuca with it (A root thingy like potato, makes delicious chips).
Then it was up up up. A long slog back up to about 2800 meters, an intense, sweaty but ultimately rewarding hike to an amazing viewpoint, our first look at Machu Picchu from across the valley. A short break, some explanation and picture time, and we were off for the downhill part of the journey. Cue tons of slippery mud and jarred knees, but easier than the up.
After a long day of up and down it was a couple kilometres more before we reached hidro-electrica, where you can catch a train to Aguas Caliente, the town at the bottom of the mountain where Machu Picchu sits. We instead opted for the 10km walk. Needless to say by the time we reached Agua Calientes in the dark. We were tired, very dirty, and hungry. A quick shower, meal, and explanation of the next day and we were all in bed, in an actual hotel with walls and everything.