Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Last month we joined a group from Peru Treks to hike the ‘classic’ Inca Trail. Here is our story told (mainly) in photos.

Day One

After a few hours on the bus from Cusco we reached the trailhead at kilometre 82.

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And began winding up the trail…

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…to our first stop at Patallacta.

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Not long after we stopped again for our first lunch.

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It was a fairly short hike in the afternoon so we had enough time to enjoy the view at Wayllabamba before dinner.

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Day Two

The next morning began with more great food…

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…and a big hike ahead.

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After hitting it hard for 3 hours we were happy to take a break.

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After another couple of hours walking we’d made it a long way up Abra de Huarmihuañusca (Dead Women’s Pass)…

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…and were excited when we reached Huarmihuañusca at 4200 metres, the highest point on the trail.

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After that it was down…

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…and down some more…

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…to our second campsite at Pacamayo…

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…where a lovely dinner…

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…and rum punch were served to keep the cold at bay.

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Day Three

It was misty when we began hiking…

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…and it was hard to see the extent of the ruins at Runkurakay…

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…and at Sayacmarca.

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Yet we were still able to enjoy the detailed carvings…

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…that were present throughout the ruins.

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After that it was a short hike down through the cloud forest…

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…before we had lunch.

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Then we marched onwards, upwards and over to our final Inca site at Phuyupatamarca.

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Our last afternoon hike was a steep knee crunching decline down thousands of steps…

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…and so we were delighted to make it to Wiñay Wayna camp and enjoy dinner.

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Day Four

Our final morning was our earliest start at 3.45 am.

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Hiking in the twilight we made it to Intipunku (Sungate)…

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…to see the cloud rise and Machu Picchu appear.

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A little further down we went and then, suddenly, we were in the heart of it.

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Image by Ian Carvell

What a sight!

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What a hike!

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What a great day!

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2 comments

  1. Naomi Baltuck

    Your photos are fantastic. I was severely affected by the altitude and was able to do the little hike up and around Machu Picchu, but was short of breath and a little feverish and could never have done the Inca Trail. It was still the adventure of a lifetime!

    • suziejprince

      Thanks Naomi. Yes it was very special for us. Luckily we had been at altitude for some weeks by the time we got to Cusco so we were ok. It certainly tougher when you’re that high. I’m so glad you could enjoy it. It’s spectacular for sure.

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