We awoke at 3:30am on our final day to hike up to Machupicchu, the icing on our trekking cake. We lined up at a control gate along with over a hundred other hikers (we were close to the front) and at 5:30 the control gate opened and let us through.
In Peru, continuing our journey along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This posting covers the third of a four day trek.
After our delicious and fortifying lunch we left camp on a steep trail quickly ascending out of the valley toward the second highest point of the four-day hike.
Day two was the most difficult by design. 16km (10 miles) over two passes (13,779ft. and 13,123ft. respectively), with a gross elevation gain of 4,373ft. and gross elevation loss of 3,402ft. (which was by far the more difficult part, especially on the knees) by nightfall – 11 hours total.
Instead of taking the traditional tourist route to Machupicchu, we decided months in advance that we wanted to follow the 500-hundred-year-old segment of the Inca trail (Camino Inka) from kilometer 82 of the highway to Machupichu. The route we took is traditionally called the ¨Inca Trail¨ [...]