I took the little buses to Ollantaytambo from Cuzco, then i hoped on the train, and headed up to aguas calientes for the night. i meet some awesome argentinan amigos in the train, and we ended up sharing a room in a hostel. early the next morning we hiked up from the town all the way to the ruins. the hike took about an hour. machu picchu is so amazing. it is a very spiritual place. we hiked up Huayna Picchu, that afternoon, and shared check fulls of coca leaves. it was amazing.
The incas ruins and the views were spectacular from the summit. Climbing this mountain was the finishing touch for our journey to Perú. Lobelia.
Pretty good view. Climbed it at the end of the standard 4D/3N inca trail trek. took 24min. from the ridge between the HP and the shorter peak beside it. Very crowded at the top.
Climbed Huayna Picchu at the end of the "Four days Inca Trail". Amazing views from the top!
In April 1958 after a four-month-long hitchhike down the Pan American Highway from Utah, Karl Nelson and I visited Macchu Picchu. That night after the tourist left the ruins on the last train, we bedded down for the night on the sun dial (Intihuatana). In 1958 Macchu Picchu was not patroled by any tourist police. Around midnight rainfall forced us to flee to the only thatch-covered hut with walls of stone intricately fitted together by the Inca stone masons six hundred years ago.
At dawn we wandered around the ruins taking photographs and found the steep track that leads to the topmost temple on the peak of Huayna Picchu. The photographs I took of Inca stone city from that high crag are spectacularly panoramic with snow-and-jungle-clad peaks that surround it.
Thirteen years later I followed the Inca trail from Wikiwaini, six or seven miles up the railway line, in the company of my then-wife, Shigeko. This approach to Macchu Picchu ends at a point high above it, a position that allows for a classic panoramic view of the ridgetop ruins and Huayna Picchu behind it that plunges into the gorge of the Urubamba and rises to the snow peaks beyond it.
This time the Peruvian Tourist Department did not permit us to bed down inside the ruins. We were compelled to lay our sleeping bags on the lawn next to the tourist hotel, a structure that had been erected long after my first visit in 1958. I shall always remember with fondness when Karl and I had Macchu Picchu all to ourselves on a rainy night forty-seven years ago.
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One of the many highlights of an unforgettable tirp to Peru. Have been meaning to write a trip report, someday...
What a nice little hike, I climbed up this to get an over view of Machu Picchu, but left my camera when i came down and had to blaze up it again to get the camera.
Great views of Machu Picchu from the top. Great day to climb!
Definitely worth the approx. 45-minute climb., even if you have already hiked the 27+ mile Inca Trail beforehand. And at the top, there are all these cute little biting flies!
A truly fantastic hike up ancient Incan steps, through a tunnel, and up more steps to the top. Was fortunate enough to share this incredible adventure with my wife and our friends. We were the only folks on top for about half an hour, enjoying the breathtaking scenery.
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
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")
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.
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!
A fun, steep hike to a fabulous overlook of Machu Picchu.
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.
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.
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 Wiñay 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.
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!
Edit: Came back and hiked again on November 28, 2015.