Inca Trail Views (2/2)
The Classic Inca Trail
Peru, South America
Camino Inca Tradicional – the Highs and the Lows
Things we learned on the Inca Trail:
It is not a competition.
It is not about fitness, but endurance.
It is not so much about endurance of the body, but of the mind.
The speed of your progress depends on how much luggage you are carrying, physically and mentally.
At the end of the trail you are bound to have lost some baggage along the way.
You will meet many different types of hikers. In terms of hiking gear, from the most technologically advanced to the least.
Often you will notice the least equipped hikers doing much better than the most equipped.
Every day will bring a variety of feelings, sensations and emotions.
Varying altitudes will have physical and mental side effects.
One moment you will think: “I’m not doing too badly”.
(Sometimes you will pass the fittest and most experienced guides and hikers.)
Not long afterwards you will think: “I’m not doing too well.”
(Sometimes the least fit or least experienced hikers will pass you.)
The best approach is: one step at a time.
Focus on your breathing.
Everyone is hiking on their own even though they are part of a group.
The highest points are best spent on your own for reflection.
Socialising and camaraderie is very important in the evenings at the camp sites.
The Incas didn’t shy away from challenges .
Everyone will make it.
Continuing: Parts of the trail on Day 3 feels like hiking through a natural botanic garden
Reaching misty heights in the cloud forest
Phuyupatamarka: Often cloud-covered, but lucky for us, not today
Exploring the stairs and slopes of Phuyupatamarka
The view from Phuyupatamarka. Elevation: 3680m.
The original Inca Trail – stones laid by the Incas
With fresh organic “décor”
Arrival at Wiñay Wayna terraces with a llama welcoming party
Wiñay Wayna – meaning: “Forever Young” – Elevation: 2650m
Taking a breather and enjoying the views, with the Urubamba River below
Inca Rail, snaking along the Urubamba River.
Wiñay Wayna stone buildings – In Inca times this site was the last rest and cleansing point before arrival at Machu Piccu. Elevation: 2650m
View of the Urubamba from Wiñay Wayna
First clear sight of Machu Picchu while hiking, after the clouds have lifted
Machu Picchu below
Arrival: Machu Picchu – Elevation: 2430m. Meaning: “Old peak”. Built by the Incas around 1450 for the Inca emperor. The site was abandoned about a century later and was rediscovered again in 1911. Machu Picchu is believed to have been an important cultural and educational centre which was built at the height of the Inca Empire. Despite its fame, this is one of the most impressive and well preserved ancient archaeological sites from the ancient world. This brings to an end the Classic Inca Trail. Thanking you for coming along!
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The Classic Inca Trail – January 2016
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