Trip Start Dec 25, 2012
52Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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It was an early 4am pick up and after going to bed at 1:30am it was not the most enjoyable experience.. Waiting in the main square for the bus for an hour made it even worse!! (It was so so cold!!) And then there was the three hour FREEZING bus ride which topped of a very distressing morning!! This however was no example of what was to be an amazingly beautiful trek!!
The terrain over the next four days was to change quite drastically, going from farming land to the glacier capped peaks of the Salkantay mountains!! From the freezing cold of those peaks to the warmth of the jungle we all looked so forward to!
Then there was Machu Picchu.. Another early morning (4am start) to climb the 1700 over steps up the mountain to the piece de resistance (we did it in 45mins! Go us!) Annoyingly when we reached the top sweating like a blind lesbian in a fish market, there was already 100 or more people ahead of us who had come up by bus looking all pretty in their heels and makeup (who the hell wears heels to trek Machu Picchu.. Seriously..)
Going through the gates, we were lucky enough to catch a clear view of Machu Picchu before the cloud set in for the morning.. After a guided tour around the site (which we unfortunately found out was mostly restored and not left the way it was found! Still impressive non the less!) We were left to our own devices to explore all that is Machu Picchu.. We were lucky enough to score a ticket up Huayna Picchu and decided to take the track which took you around the back of the mountain to an extra ruin! Great idea as we got to explore these ruins without the hordes of people..
After an exhausting but amazing 5 days we headed back to Cusco to rest before moving onto Arequipa.
Pictures speak a thousand words but they really don't do the scenery the justice it deserves!!