Three day hike to Machu Picchu!!

Trip Start Apr 04, 2009
Trip End May 09, 2009

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Zarah, Gael, Gael's mom, and I sent out on early saturday morning for our three day hike through the Andean Mountains to Machu Picchu. We hiked on one of the four main Incan trails originating from Cusco, which was used during the empire's rule in the 1400's. It was an incredible few days, with lots of beauty, pain, laughter, and inspiration! I can't even begin to describe the crazy feeling of hiking by foot on trails used by Incan people, just as they had done 600 years ago! We did not see any people, cars or signs of civilization for two days. Although I find myself saying this after many of my journeys, this truly was one of the most amazing things I have ever done!
Cusco, where we started, is at about 2500 meters above sea level (8200 feet). The highest point that we crossed during our adventure was about 5000 meters (16,400 feet). I have no idea how many miles we walked, but the numbers are not what matter. Carrying all of our belongings on our back, it was a difficult trek up mountain range after mountain range. However, we just had to look at the incredible beauty that surrounded us and take one step at a time, and even Gael's 53 year-old mother made the trek!
Since pictures say a thousand words, I am going to say no more.....please enjoy some of my photos!

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