Emily and Ewan are a Canadian couple who share a love for food, music and cats. Their passion for travel led them to take a break from the rat race. They quit their jobs and sold their stuff to fulfil their wanderlust desires by traveling for a year. Here’s a week-in-the-life of Emily and Ewan in a place near to my heart where I’ve recently been; The Inca Trail.
Day 1: Sunday
8:00 AM – We wake up and realize there is no turning back now…tomorrow we are embarking on the four day commitment to the Inca Trail. We take advantage of the breakfast included at our hostel and plot out all the last minute stuff we need to do.
11:00 AM – We’re at the grocery store buying both our dinner for tonight and snacks to bring along on the trek. For 10 Canadian dollars we get 2 rolls of toilet paper, 2.5 litres of water, a box of granola bars, a bag of trail mix, 3 buns, deli meat, 2 pepperoni sticks and some cheese.
11:30 AM – We head to a Mediterranean place and split kebabs, falafel and curried rice for lunch.
2:00 PM – Back at the hostel, we stall over our bags contemplating what to bring on the trek and what to leave behind.
6:00 PM – We eat our deli meat and cheese sandwiches in bed while trying to Skype Ewan’s family. With no luck, we watch some episodes of Bored to Death and The Marvellous Misadventures of Flapjack on the laptop before we hand it and our large packs to the hostel for storage and head to bed.
Day 2: Monday
4:45 AM – We wake up and madly get ready with what few belongings we will take with us.
5:30 AM – The bus comes and picks us up and we’re on our way out of Cusco, driving the two hours to Ollantaytambo.
7:30 AM – We have a quick breakfast before negotiating with the locals on the price of walking poles. They win the battle but we know it’s a worthy investment that we won’t regret later on.
9:30 AM – We are at kilometre 82 – the start of the Inca Trail. We get our passports stamped at the checkpoint, take the obligatory photos and then commence the life changing trek. We see our first ruins of the Trail: Llactapata and pinch ourselves…we can’t believe we are doing this!
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