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The Inca Trail

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

10 Responses to "The Inca Trail"

  • Jennie Craven
    August 27, 2010 - 06:08

    Congratulations HSX Peru team! What an amazing achievement for you all to trek to Macchu Picchu. Well done! and to reach such a height of 4,800m on your second day! Picture of you all & views looks spectacular even without sun! We are so proud of you all. Thinking of you & enjoy your final 2 weeks in Peru! Love Jennie Craven x

  • Jim & Caroline King
    August 27, 2010 - 08:41

    Glad to hear you are all well and relaxing after what must have been a testing trek. Sounds great, shame about the fog! Well done everyone. Enjoy the rest of your adventure and look forward to further updates. Keep them coming! Love Jim & Caroline King.

  • Joanne
    August 27, 2010 - 09:45

    Well done to everyone for completing the Inca Trail. What a wonderful experience for you all! The photographs are beautiful. We are really enjoying the blog and look forward to each bulletin.
    The Rowe Family.

  • Jon Philpot
    August 27, 2010 - 11:20

    Happy birthday Al! Glad you’re having a great trip.
    Love Jonathan & Chrissy

  • Vikki and Billy Chapman
    August 27, 2010 - 14:55

    Glad to hear all has gone so well for you. Amazing sights your seeing. Hope the rest of your trip goes well and you all continue to relax some more. Cant wait to hear about it when you get back Dave. Take care, Vik, Bil and Noah X

  • Rich Brimelow
    August 27, 2010 - 22:35

    Most importantly – Happy Birthday Alex!
    Well done ladies and gents, glad to see your all having a good time, and hope not too many people were sick at that height!
    See you all soon!

  • Bertie's Bezzies
    August 27, 2010 - 23:26

    Well done everybody!!! We’re all so jealous (-:
    Keep up the good work and come home safe.

    p.s. Lani says to tell bertie he looks ridiculous in sunglasses.
    (she misses you really bert she just won’t admit it. And now shes angry we said that. gotta go.)
    WE MISS YOU – (some more than others!!! *cough*lani*cough*)

  • Adam Jollans
    August 30, 2010 - 09:14

    Great news about the team successfully completing the Inca Trail and reaching Macchu Picchu – many congratulations. Have a fantastic time for the rest of the expedition and see you all at the reportback on 11th September. Adam.

  • Billy Porter
    August 30, 2010 - 11:29

    Nice to see the blog guys. Glad you’re having a great time. Love Billy & Roberta xx

    We hope you enjoyed your birthday Alex. xx

  • Bruce & Karen
    August 31, 2010 - 21:24

    Well done Katie, what an amazing adventure. Also congratulations in your exams you brainbox, certainly not from your Mum’s side!! xxx

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