Day 4: Winay Wayna – Machu Picchu
For many this day is the highlight of the trek.
Waking up early you head straight to the camp checkpoint to begin your trek to Machu Picchu. You will trek for a couple of hours before reaching the iconic Sun Gate. Once you reach the Sun Gate you’ll get your first fantastic views of Machu Picchu.
On arrival at Machu Picchu we had a guided tour of the site, learned more about the Incas and visited the most important areas of the citadel. After the tour we then had free time to explore Machu Picchu ourselves, before heading to the hot springs, at Aguas Calientes, for a well earned soak. In the afternoon we took the train to Ollantaytambo and back to Cusco.
Most people find Dead Woman’s pass the most difficult part of the Inca Trail, however we actually both found the first day the most difficult. I think this was because we were just getting used to trekking at altitude. On the first day we did have concerns about whether we were really prepared for the trek, however after this we were fine and managed the trek with no problem at all. This was great as it meant we could enjoy the views and the experience.
When we reached the sun gate on the last morning and saw the sunrise over Machu Picchu we were amazed at it’s beauty. It was amazing to enjoy this moment before all the tourists arrived on the train or bus trips. Exploring this majestic site together was amazing and it really exceeded all our expectations.