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ezaRoute Climbed: Normal route from Machu Picchu Date Climbed: 11th August 2004  Sucess!

eza

A nice climb, shared with my friend Rafa, to finish an unforgettable trip to Peru. Absolutely advisable, for almost all publics. The sights are really impressive
Posted Aug 19, 2004 8:14 am

Rafa BartolomeRoute Climbed: Ruins of Machu Picchu Date Climbed: 11 august 2004  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2004

Rafa Bartolome

After the climbings in Cordillera Blanca we have visited MP's ruins and we climbed this popular mountain. The landscape was really spectacular and the sacred mountain of the Incas is precious. It is a shame the tourists great quantity that they promote it for what is highly advisable to get up early and to come soon to the ruins in the first buses. An unforgettable experience.

Probably the Incas were the first "mountaineers" since they were marking the tops with cairns with stones as honoring to the gods (they were adoring to the mountains considered as gods and called "apus")
Posted Aug 16, 2004 7:51 am

Bill562Route Climbed: Inca Trail from km 82 Date Climbed: May 2004  Sucess!

Bill562

Four day trek. Enjoyable and rewarding. Excellent sites along the way, gorgeous scenery. Hiking in from the Inca trail it was a bummer to see all the people who got in the easy way - train. Climb up Huayna Pichu was disappointing - too many people scrambling too close to one another, not that I am an expert but know enough to leave a little room. Careful with the 'handrails' - I had a fiber from the rusty cable poke a hole in my hand, was glad my Tetanus was up to date.
Posted May 29, 2004 1:56 pm

dsc101Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: April, 2001  Sucess!
Good fun little walk/scramble! Amazing views down to the river below, with just the right amount of exposure! There is one cool bit near the top where you have to crawl through a little tunnel!
Posted May 25, 2004 11:09 am

cp0915Route Climbed: Date Climbed: Jan 19 & again on 20, 2004  Sucess!

cp0915

A fun, steep hike to a fabulous overlook of Machu Picchu.
Posted Feb 18, 2004 10:16 am

NelsonRoute Climbed: Inca Trail from Kilometer 88 Date Climbed: May, 1981

Nelson

My wife and I took 5 days to backpack this route, a leisurely pace to better enjoy the beauty along the way. An outstanding hike and one of the best ways to arrive at Machu Picchu, a place like Angkor Wat, that surpasses expectations..



We did it on our own just by getting off the train at KM 88. Not sure what the rules about this are today. Martin (see below) says you must go with a guided company. If so that's too bad, but on the other hand idiots were using the ruins as latrines.
Posted Jan 31, 2004 9:52 pm

artgRoute Climbed: Standard tourist route Date Climbed: July 18, 2003  Sucess!

artg

My day started by taking the 6:30 AM train from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes, from where buses go directly to the ruins. The trail begins by walking to the end of the Central Plaza, just beyond the registration booth.



Although the ascent is steep, it's not technically difficult. The trail follows a mixture of original Inca trails and steps as well as modern additions (handrails of either braided nylon rope or steel cable) to make the climb easier.



Some guidebooks and tour guides exaggerate the difficulty of the climb. I reached the summit in 30 minutes and the view from the top was spectacular. Later that afternoon, clouds intermittently dropped some light rain causing the stone steps to become slick and warrant caution. Overall, a nice enjoyable hike!
Posted Jul 28, 2003 7:52 pm

VinnyRoute Climbed: standard tourist slog Date Climbed: April 2003  Sucess!

Vinny

Certainly the most hiked trek in south america, but deservedly so? Debatable.

I would suggest the 2 day trek in order to capture the fantastic and unlauded ruin near the 'hostal' and Macchu picchu in the morning light (valor la pain), but the only fun of the 4 day tour is its social aspect. There are certainly more interesting hikes elsewhere in Peru for less money.

Even running up Huayna Picchu doesn't give a chance to escape the thousands of tourists. But it is worth the grind. I believe 20 mins is the 'young, dumb, and full of cum' standard if you can make use of the 'passing lane'.

It is a must do, but hopefully not the only glimpse of Peru to take home.
Posted May 12, 2003 6:21 pm

Martin CashRoute Climbed: Inca Trail from KM88 Date Climbed: July 1997  Sucess!

Martin Cash

After spending several days around Cuzco to adjust to the 11,400 foot air, we hiked the Inca Trail from KM88. My favorite ruin on day 1 was Ollantaytambo. We spent that night at Wayllabamba. The terrain on day 2 was incredible and we spent that night at Pacamayo. The ruins of Runkuracay and Sayacmarca on day 3 were memorable. We went to bed early at WiƱay Wayna and got up well before sunrise. The weather was clear that morning and the sunrise and view of Machu Pichu from the Sun Gate were absolutely spectacular.



After spending most of the day in the city, we scrambled up to the summit of Huayna Picchu. The view from the top with the city below is beautiful.



Unfortunately, costly guided trips are now the only way to hike the Inca Trail anymore.
Posted Apr 2, 2003 12:04 pm

JohnRoute Climbed: Inca Trail from KM104 Date Climbed: October 30, 1999  Sucess!

John

What a great trip with my brother Norm. After we explored the city, it got cloudy and sprinkled a bit but we headed up Huayna Picchu anyway. When we got to the summit the clouds had came in and blocked our view but then opened up briefly for some grand views of the city. What a gorgeous treat! Although we couldn't stay in the city at night anymore, we were able to hike the short trail without a guide. These days you can't even do that anymore.



We spent the prior night camping by the Trekkers' Hotel and cooked dinner on my DragonFly stove instead of buying at their "restaurant & bar." Of course this was the end of October so it rained. It was pretty amusing to watch the other trekkers who used local guides trying to stay dry in their provided non-waterproof / taped tents as they tried vainly to keep the water out through the night by throwing ponchos on top of their tents. Not amusing for them to be sure!



We only spent 1 week in Peru and although we had wanted to do the standard KM88 Inca Trail, flying directly to 9000 feet from sea level gave my brother some altitude sickness so we opted for the shorter KM104 trail. Of course, we could have had more time to acclimate in Peru but my brother insisted on running the Chicago Marathon before the trip!
Posted Apr 2, 2003 2:31 am

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