Machu Picchu via the four day Inca Trail route

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I survived my trip to Machu Picchu via the four-day Inca Trail route.  It was exhausting to say the least.  Day one was a piece of cake and I really enjoyed getting to know my tour mates, taking pictures, learning about the ruins and basically taking in nature. However, day 2 of the trip was a killer.  You start at the base of a mountain and spend all day (almost nine hours for me) climbing up one side and down the other.  My buddies made it in less than seven hours so it can be done quicker.  The lower oxygen intake did affect my endurance and I had a headache for the first two days probably due to mild altitude sickness and dehydration.  Day three started off with another mountain to climb but this one is far less daunting than the previous day.  Halfway up the first climb we stopped at a ruin and the sun was rising over the maintains creating a great view of the snowcaps across the valley.  Continuing on, day three is another full day of hiking up and down, through tunnels, over streams, past incredible waterfalls and more amazing ruins.  Finally I arrived at the last campsite where there were showers and a bar!  Our tour group took the prize for most fun and biggest party.  I took it easy though knowing that the day four hike to Machu Picchu was still going to be work, which it was.  We started day 4 with a short walk in the dark to the ranger station and gate to Machu Picchu.  We were the second tour allowed past and it took over an hour to walk to the first vista overlooking Machu Picchu.  We had some clouds in the morning but all sun and blue sky in the afternoon.  Our tour guide from Inca Trail Reservations, Roberto, was professional, knowledgeable and a lot of fun.  The food the porters prepared each day was outstanding.  Everything from pancakes to omelets for breakfast.  There was lots of soup, chicken, rice, potatoes and even pizza one night for dinner.  It was an incredible experience that really exceeded all my expectations!  I took almost a thousand pictures and lots of video and posted the highlights.  I am happy to share more of my experiences with anyone that wants more information about the four-day trek. David

jmatyczuk says:
I was wondering if you had more detailed information about the 4 day trail journey, and any other info. Thanks for the detailed blog and pictures
Posted on: May 18, 2009
kelleeoo says:
Thanks for sharing your photos and experience during the hike. Sounds tough. This was good enough for me. Now I don't have to go exert myself!
Posted on: May 04, 2009
dlacksheep says:
I'm bookmarking this blog as a reference for when I eventually (hopefully!) get the chance to go to see the Machu Picchu. Lovely photos by the way, thanks for sharing. =)
Posted on: Apr 25, 2009
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