Experience the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Part II)
Experience the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (part II)
Inca Trail Days 3 and 4
So here I’m back again, reporting on my personal experience of the Inca Trail back earlier this year. As I said before on my blog about the Inca Trail Day 1 and day 2, for me doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was like a dream coming true and definitely the highlight of my trip to Peru. I recommend everybody to experience the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
First I want to share the video of the Inca Trail with you! It has great shots and I hope you enjoy watching it.
Traditionally, the third day of the Camino Inca as the Inca Trail is called in Spanish, is the longest, with the most opportunities to detour and see less-visited Inca ruins. Our group decided to take advantage of some of these detours and enjoyed many unique sites throughout the day. A downside of these side trips was a slightly later arrival to Machu Picchu the following day since we had to walk further, but it was worth it.
Early in the morning, I had a feeling of Déjà vu, when we had to climb out of the valley, starting a long day of trekking. By the third and final pass through this stunning cloud forest scenery, we were all stoked for lunch and for the end of significant uphill walking! And at the end of day 3, we were actually able to relax, and play games as a group with our guide.
The moment we spent the past 3 days working toward the big descent to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate! We lucked out on the weather, not only this morning but throughout the entire trek. We were the only group there when we arrived at the Sun Gate and were able to marvel at the amazing archaeological site below us upon our arrival.
Our guide Simon led us down and through the Incan Citadel in the same good-natured and informative way he had led us on the entire trek. He knows an awful lot about Machu Picchu and he actually motivated us to also climb up the Huayna Picchu. After all that climbing we just did the past four days!
Huayna Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu in Quechua means “young mountain”(Machu Picchu actually means “Old Mountain”) and the Huayna Picchu is the peak that rises approximately 350 meters higher than that of Machu Picchu. It takes about an hour to climb and this is where the high priest and the virgins lived in Inca times. Climbing up the Huayna Picchu, we also learned the construction of Machu Picchu has actually been directed from here and that the city is built in the shape of a condor, one of the sacred animals of the Incas.
Simon, our cook Lino, and the porters made the trip truly unforgettable, with their cultural and spiritual insight and their knowledge of nature along the way and the whole trek was organized well.
I will never forget my experience hiking the Inca Trail with Dos Manos in Peru.
It was truly the trip of a lifetime!