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I laid awake waiting for the morning to warm up just a little bit more. I was in that moment thinking about what a good trip this has been. Tough and challenging, and also how great it had been to trek with my little sister. To show her a bit into my life, to take her higher than she’s ever been before, to let her in on the evanescent secret of backpackers that can’t be told, only shown.
Out of the tent I watched as the sun descended down the steep valley walls in a flood of light. My sister joined me just in time to let the first suns rays wash over us, a baptism of solar warmth.
“Awwwww….. the Sun, oh how’ve we missed you.”
We made some hot chocolate and up the hill we went into the Archeological Park. Swishing through misty grass and carefully stepping through rows of potato plants, we entered into the small complex of ruins.
“One of the best parts of backpacking is you get to wake up in the coolest of places,” I explained to my sister. We looked around and a small passage way opened up into an entire other complex, then once again there was another, and down below there was more. What seemed like a couple structures atop a hill turned into a small citadel.
We continued to look and watch the shadows change as the sun heightened, and when we had enough we made our way back to camp. Once there we ate the remaining miscellaneous food before packing up and heading out along the trail.
And what a pleasant walk it was! Our packs we now light and the trail went along hugging the sides of the cliffs over Incan terraces, past trickling streams before descending back down to the valley floor. From there we continue into Ollantaytambo and caught a collectivo back to Cusco marking the end of our trip.
But it wasn’t quite over yet. Once out of the collectivo we still had to make the climb to San Cristobal, my neighborhood perched another climb above the city.
“Bonus hike,” I teased, as this had been a long, tough but incredibly satisfying trip. How great it was indeed to share this with my sister and how lucky am I to have such an incredible lil’ sis in return. She’s exceptionally strong, intelligent and kind. And I hope she’ll keep trekking into the future.