Our 2010 Inca Trail trek series was just featured on Maptia.com as part of their “Wonders of the World” special feature!
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.
Day two was the most difficult by far–16km (10 miles) over two 13,000-foot+ passes with a gross elevation gain of 4,373ft. and gross elevation loss of 3,402ft., totaling eleven of the most grueling and rewarding hours of our lives.
Instead of taking the traditional tourist route to Machupicchu, we followed the 500-hundred-year-old segment of the Inca trail (Camino Inka) from kilometer 82 to Machupichu, commonly known as the “Inca Trail”