Published: October 24th 2006September 17th 2006
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.
There are more photos below