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Inca Trail

An Incan Footbridge
I stopped to take a photo of my hiking boots as we crossed one of a handful of log and twig constructed bridges.

Although obviously reconstructed, this wooden bridge is not far off from the kind that the ancient Incans would have crossed on their journey to Machu Picchu.

Our guide told us that it is estimated that about 70-80% of the trail is original although several repairs are being made due to landslides and other causes including the impact of tourism.
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Flowers in the Mist
On my hike I learned that there are several micro-climates along the Incan Trail.

These colorful orchids that live high in the cloud forests are vibrant pop of color amidst the otherwise foggy backdrop.

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Aguas Calientes, Peru