Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
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Flag of Peru  , Sacred Valley,
Monday, May 9, 2011

The day weīve all been waiting for, Machu Picchu and the famous Inca trail. The trail is so popular that we had to book it last Christmas! The trail lasted 4 days, hiking at altitude through high Andean moutains. The prize at the end, the amazing Inca sight of Machu Picchu. We thought it would be a breeze after doing the "W trek" in Torres Del Pain but no, it was pretty tough. Still, not as tough, as we had porters with us this time.  They cooked and set up our tents which made it a lot more enjoyable! In fact, we had too many of them.  We had 6 porters plus our guide for only the four of us! It felt a bit unnecessary, but we didnīt complain. We were woken up in the morning with a cup of tea by our tent, then we were given a massive breakfast with omeletts and pancakes. For lunch and dinner we would be given a 3 course meal, we were treated like kings! 

The trail was a real Inca trail, used to travel by foot between different villages. On the way we would pass lots of Inca ruins.  It was really interesting. The only problem was that there were to many tourists. We were one of the few tourists that actually carried our own rucksack, with clothes, sleeping bags etc. Everyone else hired a porter to carry it. You couldnīt help but feel sorry for the porters, as they each carried bags weighing up to 40kg on their back and they had to run faster then everyone else as the tents and food had to be ready before the tourists got to the camp. Some of them would have to go and carry the fat tourists that couldnīt make it, on their backs! Most of the trail was quite easy apart from the second day where we had to walk 9km up a mountain. I nearly died at the top, the air was so thin! 

On the last day we got woken up at 3am so that we could get to Machu Picchu in time for sunrise. It felt like I hadnīt slept at all. Some people wake up earlier, at 2am, so that they can be the first there, mad! When we finally got there it was so cloudy that we couldnīt even see sunrise. How disappointing, i would have preferred the extra 4 hours sleep! By 10am the clouds had all cleared and we could see the whole sight.  It was worth the wait! The Inca city was huge, situated between two mountains. It was hard to comprehend how the hell they built it there. The way they built it was amazing too, all the stone rocks are put together perfectly like a puzzle (see photos), no cement was used at all. Thereīs different theories on how they did it, some even say aliens were involved...
 
As it got late, more people started arriving, you could barely move in some places so we decided to leave. We got the bus to the nearby town Aqua Callientes where we relaxed in the hot springs. The whole experience was nice but I woudnīt recommend anyone doing the Inca trail as thereīs too many people and the sights you see on the way are nothing compared to Machu Picchu. The best thing to do is just to get the train directly to Machu Picchu from Cusco, but hurry as there are talks of them stopping letting people onto the sight as itīs slowly sinking due to the amount of people on it....!

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