He Called It ... Inca Flat
In the briefing from our guide on what we could expect during the first day of travel, we heard what we thought were comforting words. "Day one is what we call Inca Flat". We were led to believe that our whopping one day of being at altitude would be supplemented by another as we acclimatized to the thin air.
This was not entirely correct.
In 2012, we ventured to South America in search of adventure. A large part of this trip was to hike the length of the Inca Trail, winding up at the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu. Camping each night in "comfort". Which meant that the porters ran ahead and set up our tents, so we could drop our weary bodies into them without having to use another ounce of our depleted energy.
It was exhausting, disgusting at times, and one of the most wonderous things I've ever done.