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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
February 28, 2011
From journal Peru without Machu Picchu
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 Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
August 29, 2006
From journal The City in the Clouds
August 24, 2006
From journal Cusco - The Navel of the World
New York, New York
April 27, 2005
From journal What's a Trip to Peru Without Machu Picchu?
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