Friday, October 1, 2010
I did the 5 day Salkantay trek to Machu Pichu. The trek covers 75km over 4 days, with the 5th day culminating in the trip up to Machu Pichu and Wayna Pichu. The trek was great, you hike up to 4600m above sea level, just to the snow line and then descend deep into humid jungles.
The first two days of the hike were fairly strenuous. We did our ascent to the 4600m apex on these days, the remaining two days were mostly downhill or flat. The itself was beautiful and the terrain was extremely varied.
I did the trek with Kirsten and Stuart, friends from Ambue Ari.
The summitt of Mt. Salkantay.
Donkeys carried our tents and cooking equipment.
On the morning of the fifth day we woke up at 3am and began to queue at the bottom gate to Machu Pichu. We were joined by dozens of other people willing to wait all morning and hike about 700m up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Pichu in order to get one of the 400 tickets to Wayna Pichu given out everyday.
The View from Wayna Pichu (the tall peak above Machu Pichu) looking down on Machu Pichu.