Sign at the start of Inca Trail Trek
The sun was beating down on us by noon.
On the second day, which is the hardest of all the four days, we trekked another 12km from Wayllabamba to Pacamayo. The hardest part of this day is making it up and over the highest pass of the trail which is called Abra de Huarmihuanusca or Dead Woman’s Pass at 4200m.
Being an avid and in shape hiker neither of us had trouble with this part of the trek, however there were others that were equally in shape that had a more difficult time as they were feeling the affects of the altitude. We then descended to 3600m where the porters had our tents set up and dinner started where we'd dine in a large dinner tent. These dinners were always elaborate with 3-4 course meals.
In the morning the porters would knock on your tent and bring you coffee or tea... a fantastic way to wake up.
Amazing view from Dead Woman's Pass (4200m)
The third day we trekked 15km from Pacamayo to Winay Wayna. We trekked over 2 passes this day one at an elevation of 4000m (Abra de Runkuracay) and the other 3700m. From these passes the views of the Urabamba river and the snow chapped peaks is remarkable. Additionally we came across many more Inca ruin which our guide provided us with folklore stories of the ancient world.
Can see the winding urabumba in the background.
Loved this view of the jagged peaks.
Ruin down below where the group is trekking towards.
Guide (Washington) telling a dramatic historic tale. (Marc is in blue t-shirt, hat and arms crossed).
Best toilet on the trek!
The fourth and final day is incredibly short, only 5km from Winay Wayna to Machu Picchu. We woke up super early (4:30am) to be the first group on the trail and to get to Machu Picchu before sunrise. After seeing the sunrise over Machu Picchu and taking photos of the ruins, we were free to spend the day at Machu Picchu learning about the ruins and the culture of the Incas. We then walked down to the little town of Aguas Caliente, where the group met for pizza and beer.
Machu Picchu at sunrise.
Enjoying Pizza and Beer at a local pizza parlor in Aguas Caliente.