Here is a sneak peak into our recent adventures through the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, Peru.
Our trail crew in all it’s glory, bright eyed and bushy tailed!
One of the first amazing views we had. This hill was a beast, but only the beginning.
Rae and Rye standing high above the Inca Ruins of Llactapata.
Off we go, into the massive mountains ahead.
Dead Woman’s Pass – 4215m above sea level
We finally made it to the highest point of our trek. Day 2, 4215m high and still smiling!
Camp for the night at Pacaymayu. This was definitely the coldest night, but we made it through alright.
Our last glimpse at “Dead Woman’s Pass” If you look in the center, at the hard outline in the distance, that is the pass. Named after it’s silouhete of the profile of a sleeping or dead woman. There was also an incident prior to having any regulations on the trail, where a young American woman fell asleep and ultimately died sitting at the top of this mountain…Hence, “Dead Woman’s Pass”
Having a look back at how far we’d come so far. There is also cool little Inca lookout down below.
Making our offerings to Pachamama in a ceremony with our guide and the group. Candies, cookies and coca leaves.
At our first major Inca ruins of the trek. Sayaqmarka or “Inaccessible Town” was home to a few affluent families and was also a resting post for Inca travelers. Needless to say it’s not very easy to get to.
Through the looking hole. These little holes could be found all around the Sayaqmarka ruins. A fellow traveler Chan and I wondered about these little guys. Our guess was later confirmed that they were used to secure doors in the doorway.
Last day, and we practiaclly ran the last portion of the trail. This left no time to worry about falling off the path. Here we are about to reach the Sun Gate.
Peru is such a beautiful country. Watching your footing on the trail is important, but always remember to look up every now and then. This is the view from the Sun Gate.
Machu Picchu here we come. The morning fog rolls over the ruins as we make our way down from the Sun Gate.
Here’s the crew and little battered and dirty. But we all made it here safe & sound and smiling!
After 4 days of trekking through the Andes Mountains we finally made it Machu Picchu! What a glorious sight!
A little lesson time with Raul our guide. Cusqueño photographer Martin Chambi made this image around 1920 and nearly 100 years later we are here to make images of our own!
That little pass up to the right is where the Sun Gate is located. It aligns with the Sun Temple during the Summer Solstice for an impressive show.
The rooftop of some beautiful ruins at Machu Picchu.
This is the quarry where they gathered most of the necessary building materials.
Going up! These are some of the stairs to the top of Huyana Picchu…yeah, those ones on the far right.
The day before, exauhsted from the trail, we wondered why we signed up to climb Huyana Picchu…This is why!
A little further to go. Oh, just through this tiny dark cave you say? Here we go!
See, we made it out safe on the other side! …no biggie. At least there’s stairs…
If only we had wings.
Short 45 mins back? Or another 3 hours…Might as well go big or go home! Off we go down the back side of the mountain to see one last temple.
…and there it is! The Moon Temple. Ain’t she a beaut?
Now for the last bit, out of the jungle and around the rest of the mountain. Don’t look down!
And finally we are almost back to the begining. This is a look back at the path we took upwards almost 4 hours earlier. We were number 4 and 5 into the park out of hundreds throughout the day. So glad we weren’t there with the crowds.
We will have more stories and photos to come shortly. Hopefully this post will whet your pallet for the rest of our adventures!