It’s not supposed to be the rainy season yet!

Posted by Cassie, September 3rd, 2010

We headed out on the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu a few days ago. It was raining a little bit when we left Cusco, but the rain let up when we arrived in Mollepata. When we headed out the next day, it was sprinkling, but it continued to rain the entire day and the entire night. By the end of the day, we were cold and wet, and we hoped that the weather would clear the next day.  However, the next morning the weather was the same, and both of us were suffering from some kind of stomach flu and didn’t feel well. Also, there was snow on the upper parts of the mountains the next morning, and we still had to go over a pass of 15,000 feet, which was probably covered in snow. So, we gave up and just headed back to Mollepata and caught a bus back to Cusco. The rainy season isn’t supposed to start until November, but it has been raining on and off ever since we arrived in Cusco. We’re hoping the weather will clear up and get back to normal, but it looks like there is more rain in the forecast. We traveled from Cusco to Ollantaytambo today, and things are looking better. It is warmer here, and the clouds cleared up this afternoon so we actually had some sun. We’re going to spend a little time here doing some day hikes and then we’ll take the train to Machu Picchu.

The morning after and the weather is still cold and rainy. There is an impressive mountain behind us, but it is shrouded in cloud.

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