The trail started for us in a place called Patapata which is 2 days before the start to the actual Inca Trail, we were to spend this time on another part of the old inca trails on what is now called the Chilca circuit. This section took us to our highest pass called Huyanyay at around 4800m on only the second day walking.
The team all did extremely well and we were soon at a place called Huayllabamba on the traditional Inca Trail. The climb from here to the Dead Womans Pass was the steepest on the trail but was worth it for the incredible views of the snow capped mountains. Our longest distance was covered on the last full day from Pacaymayo to Winaywayne where it was possible to get a shower before the early start to Machu Picchu.
The team were up at 3.30am after a warmer nights sleep than any other on the trail. The plan was to walk the last one and a half hours before sunrise and reach the Sun Gate for a magnificent view of the ruins.
After 6 days of trekking through some of the most impressive and mixed scenery in Peru on Wednesday morning at 6.30am we arrived at Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) were there was a distinct lack of sun as it was a foggy morning. However shortly after the team arrived at the Guardian House overlooking the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu.
We have since spent a relaxed night in Aguas Calientes enjoying some fine food and local culture. This mornings visit to the Hot Springs have further relaxed the mood as we approach our last 2 weeks in Peru.
All the team are well and happy.
Dave and Bram