Hiking Huayna Picchu and back to Cusco
Nice view of Huayna Picchu (Mindy Teini)
Last night we stayed at the incredible Machu Picchu Hotel. Our room was upgraded to the Inkaterra Suite, an amazing room with a well-appointed king bed, 2 sitting areas, a private heated plunge pool, two outdoor showers, a divine bathroom, fire place and all the amenities I never knew I needed! This was heaven, and I wish we could stay longer than just one night! We had a lovely meal with group before retiring to our room for the evening to soak up all the luxury we could! I slept incredibly well and am ready for our adventurous day to begin. We rode the bus back up to the ruins this morning and made our way across the ruins to Huayna Picchu. We were in the 10 AM group and had to wait in line before we could actually start the hike. As you look up the side of the Mountain you can’t even see the trail through the thick brush. Everyone began to get a bit nervous until an older man came down declaring that if he could do it, anyone could! The hike was steep. We did a lot of hiking, stopping, hiking, and stopping. But we made it. The cloud cover had never burned off, so unfortunately for us, there were no glorious views to reward us for our efforts. There were some cool structures up there, and of course, the bragging rights that come along with reaching the top! The trip down was much faster and we did the whole trip in just under 2 hours, not bad for a bunch of folks with desk jobs! We made our way back through the ruins and met up with our guide who had stayed behind with a couple who didn’t want to hike. We went through the market near the train station and then started our long journey back to Cusco. The train ride was a hoot! The staff put on a fashion show of very expensive, but beautiful locally made garments. This is an experience that transcends words, where were masked villains, there seemed to be a story line, and a lot of laughter from those of us who had no idea what was happening! We returned to Cusco for another night at the Monasterio. We have a different room, which is fun to explore. This is our last night with the group, so we all head out for a fancy meal before saying good-bye.
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