Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru
A friend of ours 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.
The start of the trail, joined by an Aussie and our guide Umberto (the guy taking this photo)
Sights from Day 1
Team of porters passing us to set up camp
Campground on night 1
Start of Day 2. Lot’s of stairs.
How’s that for a view?
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)
We made it! It’s all down hill from here… literally
The top of Dead Womans Pass, the highest point of the hike at 4,200 m (13769 ft)
We started at the bottom of that valley… this was the view 5 hours later.
Above the clouds. Snow capped Andes Mountain Range in the distance
The end of day 2
Morning views near our camp site. Day 3 begins
First of many Incan archaeological sites visited on day 3
Exploring an old Incan fortress
Going down was often harder than going up
Visiting Incan sites every day is what separates the Inca Trail from other treks in the area
Celebratory beer at the end of Day 3. Tomorrow morning, we reach Machu Picchu.
Crossing the Sun Gate to catch our first glimpse of Machu Picchu
Read more from our travels to Peru
- A Visual Tour of the Colca Canyon in Peru
- Huacachina – The Peruvian Desert Oasis
- Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru
- Pictures of Machu Picchu, the Lost Incan City in Peru
- There is MUCH more to Peru than Machu Picchu
- Hiking to Machu Picchu, Peru
Have you visited Peru? Did you hike the Inca Trail?
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