Going up to reach the sky... the Wayna Picchu :)

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view from the bedroom
As requested they woke us up at 5:30am. The sky was already clear and it wasn't cloudy at all. The view from our room was just awesome!!! Last night the guys at the front desk told me, they wouldn't wake us up if it was cloudy - so sweet! Well, it was time to start moving. We got ready quickly and went downstairs for breakfast.

We were the 1st ones who arrived to the restaurant. I got some fresh fruit, a slice of cheese and smoked salmon. Eric got cheese, ham, bread, yogurt and cereal. As we sat a waiter came asking us if we wanted to drink anything and bringing us the New York Times. Oh! they also served omelets and scrambled eggs. Eric asked for scrambled eggs and I got a veggie omelet. Eric was reading while I was enjoying a nice cup of coffee. After having breakfast we went upstairs and brought our stuff to the lobby.


We did the check out and left our stuff in the storage room. Our plan was coming back after the climbing, take a shower and then go to Aguas Calientes. We might get something for lunch down there, since we have already had our 3 meals... well, everything was ready, so it was time to start the Wayna Picchu adventure, hurra!!!

We decided to go straight to the Wayna Picchu and in our way back visit the city itself. We wanted to arrive to the top as soon as possible, before it got crowded. At the entrance of the Wayna Picchu road you have to sign, so they will register your entrance and will know if somebody is missing. It was 7:25 when we started to climb.

The trekking wasn't short.
before going up
It was a long walk, climbing stairs and also going down. Well, I have to be honest and say that Eric wasn't doing it as fast as he wanted because of me. Well, having short legs doesn't help much, haha. During the whole hikking you can see amazing views. The landscape is just beautiful. We met different people, some of them just arrived to Machu Picchu and others were finishing the Inca Trail visiting the Wayna Picchu. It didn't matter where they were from, all of them were enjoying this wonder of the world. Might be tired, but couldn't help feeling happy and smile.

Machu Picchu is at a semi-tropical land, highland jungle, about 2,100m high. But Wayna Picchu is almost 2,700m high.
taking a break...
Some stairs are narrow with small steps and some of them can be a bit slippery; so you just have to be careful. Once you arrive to the top, take your time to enjoy the amazing view and feel the energy of the place. It's great going there first, because you can spend as much time as you want at the top. Around 10 am a guardian goes and he wouldn't let you stay longer than 10min there, which is a shame. You put so much effort to reach the top and wouldn't be able to enjoy it... but we went there before any guardian, so we could enjoy this magical place as much as we wanted.

After almost 30min, we started our way down, stopping everywhere we saw something interesting. I wanted to take pics and also take a break, haha. In our way we met people from different parts of the world.
at the top!
There was a guy from Boston with his guide. I started to talk to the guide and asked him about Choquequirao. I think this would be my next trekking in Peru, but I would wait for my friend to do it ;)

Around 10am we were back at the entrance of Wayna Picchu. By the time we were leaving there was a line from people wanting to climb to the mountain. So good, we did it early, yay! Now, we had time to walk around the city, chill out and enjoy the sunny day without rushing. Since we both have already been in Machu Picchu, we didn't ask for a guide and decided to go through the city just by our own.

We were taking pics and relaxing. It was almost noon and we decided to go back to the hotel and take a shower before going to Aguas Calientes. Before leaving Machu Picchu I felt something in my legs.
showing proud the entrance to Machu Picchu
I saw a mosquito, but didn't care about that. Well, just 1 mosquito... that wouldn't kill me, haha. While I was leaving Machu Picchu, I felt as if my energies have been recharged ;)

First thing we did at the hotel, well after claiming for our bags, was getting a cold beer. This cuzquena was really refreshing, haha. We have already done the check out, but they still gave us all the drinks we wanted, haha. Then we went to the terrace to the common lounge and met the couple we met last night during dinner. They were also chilling out before going back to Aguas Calientes. They visited Machu Picchu the day before and right now, they were just enjoying the hotel.

After a refreshing shower and feeling renewed we went back to the bar - restaurant. We had already had our 3 meals, but it wouldn't hurt asking them if we could have lunch, furthermore there was this plastic incident, haha.
fresh and renewed ready for our free lunch :P
Well, we asked and no problem at all, we would get our lunch a la carte ;) sweet! We decided to have that sitting next to the bar. At this time I took a look at my legs and I discovered a lot of bites. I could have swore, there were just 3, but suddenly they were more than 10!!! Eric was making fun of that and I told him that it was hard to be sweet, haha

This time we had for lunch just 1 dish. I went for an appetizer: a cebiche!!! and Eric got a hamburger with bacon. And to drink? Inca Kola!!! We were full, but we asked if the dessert chef was there and he was there. So we'd try another dessert, haha. Why not?

This time Eric got a Hot Apple tart with vanilla ice cream and I got a Rice pudding mille feuille. Both of them were really tasty. One more time, the desserts here are awesome! Well, it was getting time to leave.
bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes :)
We should go to the bus stop, get the tickets and drive back to Aguas Calientes.

Before leaving they gave us a couple of bottles of water for the ride. We were about going to the bus stop and a guy came calling for Mr. Bertram. They wanted to give him a cd with some pictures. How nice!

It was supposed to be the rainy season, but the day was so sunny, until... the minute we got our bus ticket we started to feel some drops. Rain waited for us to leave in order to start, haha. Thank you to the Apus!!! (Apus = Inca gods)
MyLifeInTravel says:
another "haha"
and another great post
thanx very much i had great time reading u haha
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012
yadilitta says:
Thanks, Shaun! Yes, you have to come back to climb the Wayna Picchu. You have 2 reasons to visit Peru again, climbing the WP and meeting me, haha. ;)
Posted on: Dec 22, 2008
milltownmeadow says:
Great write up Yadi,seeing your wonderful photos just makes me want to come back,maybe next year I will do my winter in S A.
I really wanted to go up Wayna Picchu but the weather was so bad to much fog and it was closed for the morning so I gave it a pass.
So I will have to come back:))
Posted on: Dec 22, 2008
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view from the bedroom
view from the bedroom
before going up
before going up
taking a break...
taking a break...
at the top!
at the top!
showing proud the entrance to Mach…
showing proud the entrance to Mac…
fresh and renewed ready for our fr…
fresh and renewed ready for our f…
bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Ag…
bus ticket from Machu Picchu to A…
it was time to get up and go for t…
it was time to get up and go for …
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast buffet
breakfast buffet
breakfast buffet
nice view
nice view
they even hung my dirty jacket, sw…
they even hung my dirty jacket, s…
awesome! I just had 1 back pack!!!
awesome! I just had 1 back pack!!!
Christmas decoration with a local …
Christmas decoration with a local…
entrance ticket to MP
entrance ticket to MP
sun was getting higher
sun was getting higher
;)
;)
resting point
resting point
breath taking
breath taking
so lovely!!! the clouds look amazi…
so lovely!!! the clouds look amaz…
nice color
nice color
in our way to Wayna Picchu
in our way to Wayna Picchu
starting to clim
starting to clim
view through a window
view through a window
peaceful
peaceful
ready to start
ready to start
we were in the highland/jungle
we were in the highland/jungle
climbing and climbing
climbing and climbing
getting higher
getting higher
so tiny...
so tiny...
Vilcanota River
Vilcanota River
can you imagine climbing this rock…
can you imagine climbing this roc…
getting there!!!
getting there!!!
love the different blues from the …
love the different blues from the…
my feet!!!
my feet!!!
house of the guardian
house of the guardian
beautiful MP, feel so proud of bei…
beautiful MP, feel so proud of be…
tower
tower
Vilcanota River
Vilcanota River
Y
Y
going down
going down
taking a break :)
taking a break :)
just a bit more
just a bit more
crossing the last cave...
crossing the last cave...
at the top of the mountain
at the top of the mountain
relaxing at the top :)
relaxing at the top :)
starting the go down..
starting the go down..
who left this here?
who left this here?
first stop in our way down
first stop in our way down
at the top!!!
at the top!!!
we made it!
we made it!
view through Inca windows
view through Inca windows
inside one of the houses
inside one of the houses
terraces
terraces
which one to take? of course! goin…
which one to take? of course! goi…
where to go first?
where to go first?
so quiet, shhh
so quiet, shhh
shhhh
shhhh
a lizard!!! cute!
a lizard!!! cute!
awesome!!!
awesome!!!
nice mountains
nice mountains
buildings
buildings
Intihuatana - solar clock
Intihuatana - solar clock
great view!
great view!
Astronomical Observatory
Astronomical Observatory
view of some buildings
view of some buildings
Temples zone
Temples' zone
in the temples, am I gonna become …
in the temples, am I gonna become…
an aqueduct
an aqueduct
my wonderful Machu Picchu!!!
my wonderful Machu Picchu!!!
more stairs...
more stairs...
terraces
terraces
time to leave...
time to leave...
the best cuzquena ever!!!
the best cuzquena ever!!!
feed me!!!
feed me!!!
our storage ticket, haha
our storage ticket, haha
tasty cebiche :P love how they cho…
tasty cebiche :P love how they ch…
Erics buger
Eric's buger
my dessert: Rice pudding mille feu…
my dessert: Rice pudding mille fe…
Hot Apple Tart with vanilla ice cr…
Hot Apple Tart with vanilla ice c…
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