Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

Not to worry, we are alive and well and greatly enjoyed our trek through the jungle to Machu Picchu.

Day One:

Biking
Elevation loss: 4300 meters-2400 meters (6234 foot loss-- Biking only downhill is pretty dang fun, even though it is cheating).
Our path:
Can you find me in this picture?
Our view while bike riding:
Day Two:
Hiking 23 km (14.3 miles)
Elevation gain: 1200 meters-1900 meters (2300 foot gain)

Hiking along an Inca trail that is over 500 years old:

Can you find me in this picture? Hint: I have a red backpack on.
A little sweaty:



Our hike this day ended at some delicious hot springs. Picture a jacuzzi the size of a swimming pool set in a beautiful mountain setting. Not too shabby after a hike.

Day Three:
Hiking 20 km (12.4 miles)
Elevation gain: 1500 meters-2000 meters (1640 foot gain)

Just on the other side of this mountain is Machu Picchu... we are getting closer.

The third night was spent in Aguas Calientes, where there was a festival:
Day Four:
Hiking approximately 2,400 stairs (1,600 to get to Machu Picchu)
Elevation gain: 2000 meters- 2701 meters (2300 foot gain)

Stay tuned for the best day of the trip... Machu Picchu!

15 comments:

  1. Hi Brooke,
    fascinating post. loving hearing all about it and the photos. unbelieveable!!! love you. see you soon! mom p.s. yes i can see you in the photos!

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  3. AMAZING!!! Marc and I are going to do a machu picchu trek next summer. We need to hear all about your experience before you go!

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