I finally made it. Machu Picchu is incredible to see with your own eyes. No photos can ever do it justice.
We had hiked for 3 days in the rain, and after an early morning rise we completed the 44km journey up the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. When we arrived at the sun gate, there was no glorious sight to behold – it was completely covered in mist and cloud from the rain. It was a little disappointing but we continued on to the park entrance to have a coffee while waiting for the rest of the group.
While we waited a wonderful thing happened – after days of cloud and rain – it all stopped and the sun came out. Watching the mist rise off the ruins was like being in an Indiana Jones movie and as all the local llamas came scampering out from their hiding spots, I had to give my head a shake to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.
We explored the ruins for hours, as its so much larger than I could have ever imagined. The ruins are beautifully intact and the landscape surrounding is stunning, it truly is a place of wonder. I’d definitely recommend going with a guide who can give you incredible stories and history behind different areas of the complex – it absolutely enhances the experience.
I oped out of the Huayna Picchu extra portion of the hike due to pure exhaustion, but I’m glad I had more time in the main ruins. I must have taken several hundred photos of the ruined city, as every direction I looked was an amazing sight to behold.