it's nearly getting to the best time of year to do the inca trail -- I hear that January is particularly exceptional, but not too hot.
I'll talk to my friend about how he did it. He and his friend had a guide and several porters who were amazing. He said that he saw things that few people saw, and one that he described to me was deviating from the normal train to MP, and the guide said it was "very much worth it." They were crazy with headaches and having the cocaine tea (or whatever that is), and were up very early. THey were a bit bitchy about it.
But, up the climb to hit this one spot right at mid-day. the guide was really pushing them, because he kept saying "we have to get there at midday!" and they were like "jesus, really? on time? out here?"
But here's the thing. Apparently there's a notch cut into the top of a mountain, and form it, you look down over MP -- it's never photographed from this direction. As you walk up to the notch, it's all covered in cloud, and nothing looks like it's ending. And it's like this every morning.
But if you get to the notch right at midday, the cloud clears just enough to explode the top of the mountain in rainbows (everywhere!), and then they race across MP. He said it was the most extraordinary thing he's ever seen in his life, and has zero pictures of it. He said it was as if the place was made of rainbows, emeralds, and aquamarine in the sky. Just . . . something else entirely.
He's not a religious man (in fact, a staunch atheist), but he was fairly certain that this was a supernatural place. Or at least, made him feel that way.