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.
Start: La Playa 2,064m (6,771 ft)
Finish: Aguas Calientes 2,050m (7,986 ft)
Trek Time: 9.5 hours (including a short lunch)
The final morning of our trek began earlier than usual, and it was our first day starting out in pouring rain. We packed our stuff in the tent and did our best to keep things from getting wet and muddy, had a quicker than usual breakfast and then said goodbye to our chefs. Despite the rain and impending 3 hour ascent, everyone was in great spirits as we headed out on our last day of hiking.
Start: Collpapampa 2,850m (9,350 ft)
Finish: La Playa 2,064m (6,771 ft)
Trek Time: 7 hours
Our third day was our easiest for both distance and terrain. We woke up to another sunny day, and had a delicious breakfast of omelets and quinoa porridge (which is an amazingly healthy “on the go” breakfast and super easy to make by the way!). We said goodbye to our horsemen; they took our gear to our third and final campsite via van and then headed home as their town was nearby.