Photo Essay – Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

A friend of mine has just left Canada for a trip to Peru, with a visit to Machu Picchu as the focal point of his two week itinerary. I was happy to share our Peru stories and enjoyed reflecting on our Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu (here’s a more detailed account of our hike).

As my friend and I talked about the many things to do in Peru, I realized we’ve only posted a few photos from our experience hiking the Inca Trail in 2009. To rectify this, I thought it would be fun to travel back in time five years and share some of our favourite photos from the popular 4-day trek.

Although we only had our point and shoot camera with us at the time, which I still regret, we think these photos do a great job capturing the experience.

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

The start of the trail, joined by an Aussie and our guide Umberto (the guy taking this photo)

Machu Picchu, Peru

Sights from Day 1

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Team of porters passing us to set up camp

Machu Picchu, Peru

Campground on night 1

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Start of Day 2. Lot’s of stairs.

Machu Picchu, Peru

How’s that for a view?

Machu Picchu, Peru

Our mission for the morning, to hike over that pass (known as Dead Woman’s Pass)

Looking back at the morning’s progress…

Taking a photo break. It’s a slow pace at 4,200 meters (13,700 feet)

Machu Picchu, Peru

We made it! It’s all down hill from here… literally

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

The top of Dead Womans Pass, the highest point of the hike at 4,200 m (13769 ft)

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

We started at the bottom of that valley… this was the view 5 hours later.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Above the clouds. Snow capped Andes Mountain Range in the distance

The end of day 2

Machu Picchu, Peru

Morning views near our camp site. Day 3 begins

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

First of many Incan archaeological sites visited on day 3

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Exploring an old Incan fortress

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Going down was often harder than going up

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Visiting Incan sites every day is what separates the Inca Trail from other treks in the area

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Celebratory beer at the end of Day 3. Tomorrow morning, we reach Machu Picchu.

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Crossing the Sun Gate to catch our first glimpse of Machu Picchu

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Mission accomplished!

For those looking to hike the Inca Trail, we used G Adventures and had a great experience. Here’s a link for deals and specials with G Adventures

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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 65 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Google+ and subscribe to their travel newsletter.