Machu and Huayna Picchu

We got the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. From Aguas Calientes, we caught a bus up to Machu Picchu. As much as the inca trail would be amazing to hike, Francis did this recently, so we decided inca trail expenses could be used elsewhere on our trip. Francis would however recommend G Adventures if you wanted to do the inca trail. As we travelled through Peru, we kept hearing about the Inca Jungle Trek. This combines hiking, rafting, zip lining and cycling as you make your way to Machu Picchu. How fun! I want to do this…next time! We booked our Machu Picchu tickets ages ago and Francis booked us additional tickets to climb Huayna Picchu. Only 400 people can climb this daily, and while it is a very vertical climb up, it wasn’t too difficult. You just need to take it nice and slow on the narrow steps. We were at the top with only a few other people so it was really peaceful at the top as we took in the surrounding views. There were fascinating ruins at the top of Huayna Picchu, I don’t understand how this was built! We climbed back down and then explored Machu Picchu. This was a beautiful beautiful place to spend the day. It gets really quiet in the afternoon so its the perfect time to explore the ruins with the sun shining down on you. We tried to explore all of the ruins and did an additional walk to the Inca Bridge. At the end of the day, we walked back down to Aguas Calientes and caught the train back to Ollantaytambo. I wish we could have slept at Machu Picchu, it was so pretty!

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Climbing narrow steps on this steep cliff on my hands and knees…

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All smiles at the top of Huayna Picchu, with Machu Picchu behind me…

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The top of Huayna Picchu

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