Our final day with our guide and trekking group was in Machu Picchu, where Alex took us on a two hour tour and told us about the function and significance of the city. It was a beautiful day, with no rain and clouds that moved through so fast we had different views of the city all day. After our tour, Tish, Tonya and I hiked up Huayna Picchu which offered incredible views of Machu Picchu and the valley. The stairs up to the top of Huayna Picchu were so steep that we were on our hands and feet for much of it! We had fun taking pictures along the way and pausing to take it all in. The trek was amazing, learning about the local culture, the history of the Incan people and meeting our fellow trekkers and Alex was an incredible experience.
After we were done exploring Machu Picchu, we took a bus back down the mountain to the train station in Aguas Calientes, where we boarded our train and departed on a two-hour ride to Ollantaytambo. From there we had a two-hour bus ride back to Cusco; we arrived at our hotel around 7 p.m. that evening. The hotel made us a lovely unexpected dinner of soup and toast with avocado, then we went back to our rooms to unpack/repack and Tonya and I tried to get right to bed so we were rested for our big final hike of the trip: Rainbow Mountain.