The long march up to Machu Picchu

Against my better judgment, a travel agent succeeded in convincing me to take a three day trek through the Andes culminating on the last day with a tour of Machu Picchu. She advertised it as the easiest trek anyone could take in the area. I liked the pitch. Okay, I was game.

Being a conscientious tourist, I got to Cusco four days before the tour so I could acclimate to the altitude. Still, this precaution did little to alleviate the stress I caused my sedentary body when the trek started. I regularly trailed behind the trekking group by several yards at a time. Sad, I know.

Aside from the constant protest coming from my atrophied muscles against the sudden existence of exercise, I'm sure my ex-smoker lungs had a large part to play in my utter defeat during this trek. Here's a lesson for everyone, don't smoke and hike - especially if that hike takes place in the Andes.

In any case, here are some photos from the trek - one of the many beautiful alternatives to the famous Inca Trail.

Huchuy Qosqo Trek

Herding llama and sheep
The trekking group
Kids washing their dishes after finishing lunch
Getting the laundry done

My tour guide, Jackson

Remains of an Incan road

Terraces for potato farming
View from Huchuy Qosqo - an Incan ceremonial site
Kids in traditional garb
A typical offering put on the roof of a newly constructed house
Piles of trash, a byproduct of the hordes of people making their way to Machu Picchu

Entering Machu Picchu

My postcard picture of Machu Picchu & one tiny person on the side who will get photoshoped out when I get home
One of several llama who live in Machu Picchu
View of the houses with the Guard House in the background
Me with one of the other trekkers, Jim
Sitting at Sun Gate, the ancient entrance to Machu Picchu which overlooks the whole area

1 comment:

  1. The Salkantay Trek is a famous trekking in Cusco and is a great alternative to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Going this hike, you’ll be able to see some of the most beautiful places in Cusco - Peru and see the snow covered Mountain