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November 26, 2003
But it is not only the outstanding views I remember from the trek. I will never forget the wonderful company kept. I led a tour group along the trail and in my team included the delightful, heartwarming porters. They come from local villages and for me, made the journey complete. They do not speak Spanish, but their own local language, Quetchua, a language passed down from the Incas. So communication was somewhat limited. However, despite the lack of words, I could sense that these people were truly good people, living a humble and, I hope, satisfying life. They had a grueling job; they take our luggage, tents, food, cooking equipment, bedding, and last but by no means least, toilet, along the trail. They took down our tents after we had left camp in the morning, they raced past us laden with baggage, they prepared lunch as we arrived, they packed away lunch as we left, they raced past us again and finally prepared camp and dinner for us in the evening. And they did this each day. Despite how much they did for us, there was no feeling of resentment towards us, instead they welcomed us and never ceased to smile and laugh with us. I conclude that they are a tough, resilient race with a wonderful, kind and generous personality, and I will remember them as much if not more than the magnificent views.
Mention of the sites cannot be excluded. They are dotted along the trek, one perched just in view of the next for security reasons in the times of the Incas. At any sign of trouble, the Incas would pass messages along the trail to protect the most important of all sites – the mighty Machu Picchu. Along the trail, the sites are little visited compared with Machu Picchu itself and therefore have a special sense of remoteness often lacking at the great site. Each has its own story to tell, its own drop-dead views, and its own magical, romantic name - Phuyupatamarka, or Cloud-Level Town, Llaqtapata, or Town on the Hillside, Intipata, or Sun Place, and my favorite, Wiñawayna, or Forever Young. Wiñawayna was discovered in only 1941 and it is as beautiful as the name suggests. Built on a sheer cliff with forested mountains and a delicate waterfall as its backdrop, it deserves its claim to immortality.
From journal Many ways to meet Machu Picchu
0, United Kingdom
April 26, 2003
From journal Adventure in Peru
Broadbeach Waters, Australia
April 26, 2002
When you are nearing the summit the trail forks, I recommend taking the right hand fork although it contains a very narrow flight of steps through a cave it is much easier than the steeper left fork. Also on steeper left fork at the very pinnacle you need to scrabble up the side of a very steep rock to reach the top.
If you do want to do the full loop (we didn't but backtracked) this relatively smooth rockface is easier to slide down than climb up.
On a previous tour in the Sacred Vally our guide who was training to be an archeologist explained to us that the layout of Machu Picchu from Wayna Picchu was actually shaped to represent a condor, one of three sacred animals in Incan beliefs. The other two being the toad and the serpent. See if you can see it!!
Just remember you do need to sign in with the gate warden to do the hike by 1 pm.
It really is worth the exertion and just remember it's not as bad as it looks!!.
From journal Mystical Machu Picchu
March 22, 2002
From journal Ten Weeks of Madness in South America
by the Xplorer
January 21, 2001
There are many other options if you want to hike for a longer time. As everyone takes the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes to reach the ruins, you will have the opportunity to get off on certain markers that give you access to the Inca Trail. The most common are the 4 day and the 2 day hikes. Both end with a dramatic arrival at Machu Picchu. The hikes take you deep into the jungle and give you a solid glimpse of other ruins that can only be seen on foot. From Cusco there are several agencies that can organize your hike for you and even rent you all the equipment you will need for your hike.
From journal Xploring Machu Picchu
by globe trotter
Manchester, United Kingdom
November 3, 2000
The idea of setting off with a firm goal in mind - that of reaching the fabled city of Machu Picchu really keeps you going when the going gets tough & when you finally reach the Gate of the Sun & look down at the spectacularly preserved ruins of the city & the towering Huayna Picchu - you really feel a sense of immense achievment.
The ruins & scenery along the way are also interesting & only accessible by people doing the trail.
From journal Trekking the Inca Trail in style!