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In search of the lost city: St Albans hikes the Inca Trail

| September 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Don Duffield, housemaster and teacher at St Alban’s College, has returned home with an intrepid St Alban’s team of explorers. They hiked the Inca Trail in Peru, starting at Piscacuchu campsite alongside the Urubamba River.

Assisted by Quechan-speaking porters, the hiking party passed through and over magnificent scenery. Duffield describes the group’s arrival at archaeological site Sayacmarca, hanging precariously from a high and steep mountainside: “The absence of pollution together with the thin air unveiled the Milky Way galaxy in all its glory and the full majesty of the Andes mountains now revealed itself to us. The next day, we descended into the cloud forest, the lush vegetation together with the low-lying clouds creating a mystical feel. It was as if we had been transported back in time to the Jurassic Age when dinosaurs abounded.”

The climax of the trip was the hike to the Sun Gate, where the group was afforded their first view of Machu Picchu. Says Duffield: “Exploring the immaculately constructed stone citadel carpeted by thick green grass and surrounded by the towering Andean peaks and serpentine rivers, we were overwhelmed by the grandeur of this once ‘lost city’. We have had the privilege of walking in the footsteps of one of the greatest civilisations the world has ever seen.”

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