Hiking for Machu Picchu

Trains from Ollyantaytambo
Stray Dogs Are Common To Say The Least
You’re Going To Spend a Lot of Time Looking Up
High Up
The Entrance to the Inca Trail
Over the Urubamba River
Oh They Bring You In Easy
No Mention of the 700m Climb Ahead
Everyone Has Time For Photos
Then Things Start To Narrow
And Narrow
But You Can Be Distracted By The Orchids
Then You’re Exposed To The Sun For A Couple Of Kilometres
See That Tiny Structure Up There – Lunch Is After That
So Start Climbing
And Climbing
It’s Starting to Feel Closer
Fresh Water at 2,500m
Cool and Refreshing
There’s Always One
More Orchids
You’re About 500m Into The Climb
But The Next 100m Is Going To Hurt
But The View Is Worth It
As Is The Blood Sweat and Tears
Then They Tell You About The Next 150m
This Is Only a Small Agricultural Settlement
Time For A Rest
And A Last Look
Nearly At The Top
That’s Not A Scratch On The Side Of That Mountain – That’s The Trail
Say Hello To My Little Friend
Did I Mention The Monkey Steps?
50 Near Vertical Steps Later – 2,750m
First Look At Machu Picchu – From Intipunku The Sun Gate
It’s All Downhill From Here
But That Switchback Road Is The One The Buses Use
Machu Picchu Mountain
Machu Picchu Runis
Safety Is Pretty Much In Your Own Hands
And Tired Legs Make This More Treacherous
But At Least It’s Down
The Last Alter Before Entering
The Hiking Gang
Our Intrepid Explorers
And Andreas The Hiking Guide
Had The Place To Ourselves Really
Just As The Sun Starts To Go Down