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Inca Trail: Machu Picchu

  Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the world.  Visited by 1.5 million visitors each year, people from all over the world travel great distances by plane, train and then bus to be here.  Many are checking off bucket lists.   During the week before hiking the Inca Trail, we talked to an older couple from Canada who had just returned from their hike.  We asked whether the journey to Machu Picchu had been worth it?  The guy laughed and said that the Inca Trail was amazing but not to fall in love with the idea that Machu Picchu was going to be some kind of climax to the hike.   "It's amazing, don't get me wrong," he said.  "But it doesn't compare to the hike itself."   We didn't really understand until we were standing at Machu Picchu.  In many ways, it wasn't different from the other ruins that we had seen:  just on a grander scale.  It did have a more colorful name.  Machu Picchu translates to "Old Penis." Most people in the U.S

Inca Trail: Should Have Been Here Tomorrow

We asked our guide Freddy at the beginning of the hike what his favorite day of the trail was, and he responded without hesitation: the day before Machu Picchu.  "The views are amazing," he promised.

More Ruins

By noon, we had covered about 8 miles.  P&G were excited at lunch to get cell service again. And they learned that their luggage had finally made it to Peru in time for the trip home to Scotland.

Lunch time

Our porters checking cell phones

Just a few more miles until the final camp.  After our lunch, the skies began to clear.  Freddy said that he could almost guarantee clear views for tomorrow.  He wasn't wrong this time. 


greg said…
Well fog has its own charm, and now you have something to look forward to next time¡
John said…
We liked Peru enough that we are interested in returning someday but probably to different places than the Inca Trail. Agree that fog does have its own charm even if it doesn't capture the views.

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