Inca Trail

05Jul13

The Inca Trail is kinda impossible to describe.  I tried to write out a story, but all I could do was come up with a long list of adjectives like “challenging, scenic, rewarding, surreal, magnificent” etc. etc. etc.   It’s one of those things that you can’t necessarily grasp by reading about it.  You have to do it.  I think this portion of my Peru trip will be best shared through pictures, but even the best images in the world couldn’t do it justice.  If you’re outdoorsy, adventurous, and want a once in a lifetime experience, you should hike the Inca Trail.  But, even if you’re not outdoorsy or adventurous, you should still hike the Inca Trail.  Seriously, just do it.

Allow me to set the stage:

4 days, 3 nights

26 miles

Highest point: 13,776 feet

Final destination:  Machu Picchu

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Llaqtapata Ruins

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Trekking Up Dead Woman’s Pass

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Hikers On Dead Woman’s Pass

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Campsite – Night 2

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Sayacmarca Ruins

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Trail Pass

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I Spy A Llama

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Llama Posse

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Urubamba River Valley

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Inca Stairs

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Mountains At Sunset

and on the last day of our trek, we woke up at 3:45am to finish our journey through the Sun Gate and get to one of the world’s most famous manmade wonders…

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is deserving of its own post, so those pics will follow. I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe July 4th holiday!!

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2 Responses to “Inca Trail”

  1. Thanks for the pictures. I totally know what you mean when you say adjectives just don’t do the place justice. It’s the same for me trying to describe my trip to Iceland. Thankfully I think my photos show it well 🙂

  2. 2 Carol Ellman

    Picture are fabulous. I’ll have to take your word for it though….I sort of like toilets that flush at this stage of the game! Please keep sharing! Love Aunt Carol


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