Inca Trail Day 4 - the Grand Finale
Trip Start Sep 11, 2008
70Trip End Jan 03, 2009
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Once we got our first glimpse of Machu Picchu, our spirits were immediately lifted
There are some places in the world, that are so well-known, and instantly recognisable from photos in books, movis etc, that are so hyped up and overrated that when you see them in real life, it is sometimes a bit of a let down. Machu Picchu is not one of those places. Somehow the experience of actually being there, breathing the cold crisp air, walking among the ruins, being able to touch the stones, and feeling the shadow of the mountains on all sides, was so much more incredible than any photograph can ever capture. I am truly at a loss for words to describe Machu Picchu - nothing I can come up with seems sufficient. And although it was tough, I´m glad I hiked the trail, instead of catching the train. Approaching Machu Picchu the way the Incas would have travelled there and seeing that first amazing view from above really added to the experience, and gave a greater appreciation of the remoteness of this incredible place.