It's raining mad, to Machu Picchu

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September 17th 2006
Published: October 24th 2006EDIT THIS ENTRY

The 5-days Salkantay trek might have been a great one, but the weather refused to cooperate with our plans, so for the first two days it's been raining almost nonstop. In the high pass itself, it even had snowed a bit, which was a nice change.
Therefore we've unfortunately missed most of the great mountain views this trek has got to offer, but nevertheless if was a nice trek, and for sure the arrival to Machu Picchu was satisfying. I'm sure I wouldn't have enjoyed this incredible site that much, if I would have just taken the train to it.

Anyway, after the rainy days we had a relatively nice weather, and the trek continued after the high pass through a sub-tropical vegetation till a nice city called Aguas Calientes, which we've reached by the end of the forth day.
At this point the trek could have ended, as in the next day we could have just taken a bus to reach Machu Picchu, but feeling that this would ruin the hole point of the trek, 4 of us (out of 10) decided to take the stairs till the top.
This climb, for which we had to wake up at 4am, consisted of about 500 long stairs, and took us a little bit less than an hour.

Than as we finally had reached the majestic site of Machu Picchu, we watched the sunrise revealing the wonderful and almost unbelievable architecture of the Incas.
After exploring the site, and getting some explanations, we had some free time, which I used to climb the 'Nose' and the 'Chin' of Machu Picchu that included, yep, even more stairs.
The architectural techniques the Incas had used are incredible, and you can see them in the photos.

The company I had in this trek was really interesting, as we were a diverse group of Argentinians, Dutch, Germans, an English, Australians and an Israeli.

Additional photos below
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On the top of the passOn the top of the pass
On the top of the pass

The guys. The Salkantay mountain is supposed to be behind us.
On the top of the passOn the top of the pass
On the top of the pass

Those stone formations are 'Apachetes', by which the locals symbolize the highest point of the pass
Mountain SalkantayMountain Salkantay
Mountain Salkantay

Yep, it's not there...
No, not the SalkantayNo, not the Salkantay
No, not the Salkantay

Some other mountain
The trailThe trail
The trail

Reaching the Sub-Tropical area of the trail
Crossing the riverCrossing the river
Crossing the river

The only way to get to the other side
Reaching Machu PicchuReaching Machu Picchu
Reaching Machu Picchu

After about 500 stairs... The others had decided to take the bus
Machu PicchuMachu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Before sunrise
Machu PicchuMachu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Before sunrise
Machu PicchuMachu Picchu
Machu Picchu

At sunrise

3rd November 2006

Hey Vitaliy! despite the mad rain these were great days. Thanks a lot for these wunderful photos. Steffi

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