We woke up early on the 26th to catch our bus to kilometer 82 of the Inca Trail. The rising sun, Andean scenery, and discs flying off the top of the bus made for some fantastic photo opportunities.
After making it all the way to the end of the single-lane dirt road, we eventually checked into the head of the trail and were on our way. A brief initial hill kept everyone quiet, but we soon realized that most of the day's hike would make for a reasonable amount of conversation. A few hours later, we had our first lunch, which is where we learned that hiking the Inca Trail with the Apumaya company was, all things said and done, a pretty civilized experience.
We bumped into our first major ruins later that afternoon, and eventually made our way to our first camp, just over 3000 meters above sea level. Uri and I played cards and hiked around the villiage a bit more while others wisely caught some rest. Sleep came easily after dinner and some more "extraordinary" games of cards.
[If you can't see the "twilight" navigation on the left please click here.]