Hiking Machu Picchu, Peru


Two treks, 11 days, 15200ft / 4600m mountain pass

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In May and June this year, we took to South America for a whirlwind tour of five countries: Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. As we’d never been before, the purpose was to get a good taste of South America to find parts we may want to visit again, but in more detail. One of the highlights of the five-week trip was the hiking we did in Peru.

We spent two weeks based in Cusco, from where we took two separate back-to-back hiking tours with Mountain Lodges of Peru (very highly recommended!). The first was a four-day hike through the Sacred Valley and Lares, the second was a seven-day point-to-point hike along the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu. Astute readers (and clickers of links) will notice both hikes eventuate in Machu Picchu. We did not double up on this part of the treks. Instead we cut the first trek short by two days, got the bus back to Cusco, and began the second trek which ended in the iconic city. Lots of hiking, and luckily for us, we’d spent some time in Ecuador beforehand which helped us acclimatise to the 15,200ft/4600m high-point of the Salkantay trek.

It’s difficult not to get incredible images by simply pointing your camera — any camera — to the landscape and hitting the shutter. It’s even more difficult to try and limit the images to the sets below. Please know I tried. (As always, you can see more at my Flickr page).

Sacred Valley and Lares Trail

Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu