The first day and a half trekking along the Inca Trail in Peru were mostly through semi-arid desert and grassland country. Dry rivers. Hot sun overhead. We were in awesome spirits though!
Our tour guide Ruben stopped every so often to tell our group of adventurers about the Incas. The company we were trekking with — Llama Path — heads out very early. Mariel and I had to wake up around 4am to catch the group bus out of Cusco. We were the first group into the park, and didn’t run into any other folks except for at campsites and on other days.
The landscapes were already stunning. I was on the way to Machu Picchu and completing one of my lifelong goals!