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Peru - The Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

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It was a great 4 days and luckily the only rain we got was on the first day, just enough for Lucy to christen her giant poncho and for Paul to use his beloved eVent jacket (too cool for Goretex!). After that we had gorgeous views especially when we reached the highest point on our second day, Dead Womans Pass at an altitude of 4,200m. Luckily there were no dead women to be seen despite the massive climb and icy wind...! The name refers to the outline of the pass looks like a lady lying down.

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The 38km trek over 4 days doesn't seem like a lot but doing it at altitude with the inclines and declines certainly took its toll, so we were thankful to our tour company, Peru Treks, who made the trip very comfortable. We had a crew of 20 plus porters to look after our group of 14 people.. tents set up for us everynight, woken up each morning with hot tea, and even for lunch stops we had amazing hot food served literally on mountain sides!! It blew us away... These guys work so hard.

We saw some ruins along the trail and some spectacular scenery but the best was definately saved until last, Machu Picchu on the final day...even with a 3:00am start! After a brisk uphill scramble for an hour or so we made it to the sun gate to see the sun rising over Machu Picchu ruins. It really was magnificent...and the surrounding scenery. It´s perched on top of a mountain, surrounded by even taller lush mountains on every side. It´s hard to imagine how the Incan people managed to build it there 600 years ago. After a tour through the massive site later that morning, we spent the afternoon exploring the site and the nearby inca bridge.

If you ever get the chance, get to Machu Picchu!

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We stayed in Aguas Callientes that night after the trail and struggled to pry ourselves away from the hot shower in time for dinner with our group. A quaint and car'less little tourist town with a train track running right through the middle. We passed through Ollantaytambo on our way back to Cusco and checked out some impressive ruins along with a nice lunch.

Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in Peru

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