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Andes trek raises £3,000 for Marie Curie charity

PEOPLE

NORTH Midland Construction marketing manager Glynn Cunliffe has raised more than £3,000 for charity with a gruelling sponsored trek through the Andes Mountains.

The 10-day hike, in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, started in Cusco in Peru, which nestles deep in the Andes at an altitude of 3,350 m.

Glynn and his fellow trekkers spent two days acclimatising while tasting the local food and drink, including guinea pig washed down with sugar cane alcohol made of root and herbs mixed in with a dead snake.

The group and its local guides and porters then moved on to Urubamba in the sacred valley of the Incas before starting the Inca trail.

After four days Glynn made his final assent to the Sun Gate, where he got his first glimpse of the famous 'Lost City' of Machu Picchu.

Glynn said: 'I have never felt a greater sense of achievement.

It is difficult to put into words the feelings of standing at the Sun Gate looking down at Machu Picchu.

'Awesome is a very over used word but it really was awe-inspiring.

'Another highlight wa s standing in one of our campsites at night, on a barren mountain ridge at an altitude of 13,000 ft and it being so remote from terrestrial light pollution that in the sky we could clearly see the Milky Way and satellites moving about.'